Charlotte, N.C.—When an undocumented immigrant took stage at a national party convention for the first time, Lorella Praeli reveled in a “historic moment” for a national movement she has helped spearhead.

Praeli (pictured), an undocumented Peruvian immigrant who lives in New Haven, flew down to Charlotte this week to take part in the Democratic National Convention (DNC). She worked behind the scenes to help Benita Veliz, a high school valedictorian from San Antonio, step into the spotlight as the face of the DREAM movement, which advocates for undocumented immigrants who were children at the time their families brought them to the U.S.

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