- David Martinez was born in Mexico, and thought he came to the U.S. legally
- At 14, his parents revealed he was an undocumented immigrant
- He distanced himself from speaking Spanish, playing soccer and anything Mexican
- In his 20s he finally learned to embrace his Mexican heritage
In high school, David Martinez learned that he is an undocumented immigrant. Under President Barack Obama's executive order in 2012 that allowed children who had entered the country illegally to remain and work without fear of deportation, Martinez applied for and was granted relief from deportation. Martinez's story first appeared on CNN iReport.
(CNN)When I was just 3 months old, I was smuggled by my aunt into the United States.
Explore the journey out of the shadows led by undocumented immigrant and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. CNN Films' "Documented" airs