She made the decision to come to the United States in 1999 shortly after a small store she owned in Mexico was robbed at gunpoint while she was working. She spent the next decade living in Arizona and hiding her immigration status because she feared she would get deported.
Soto said it was the passage of Arizona’s tough immigration law in 2010 that encouraged her to lose that fear and reveal she is undocumented. She began joining various organizations in fighting for immigrant rights. Now, she leads an organization called Parents and Youth in Action that advocates for immigration reform and immigrant rights.