Hillary Clinton was fielding questions at a forum held at the Lower East Side Girl’s Club today when a woman named Nova revealed that she is an illegal immigrant.  The woman, now 19, claims she came from Croatia when she was 5 years old.  The forum was titled “Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation,” and Nova claimed that her glass ceiling was much different than the other girls in attendance.

“For the first time publicly I want to say that I’m an undocumented immigrant,” she said.

Clinton responded to her admission by saying, “Wow, that was incredibly brave.”

Via the Observer:

Hillary Clinton today praised a 19-year-old woman who broke down crying at an event today as she revealed that she is an undocumented immigrant …

… “I have a very different glass ceiling than some of the girls are exhibiting here. For the first time publicly I want to say that I’m an undocumented immigrant,” said the woman, named Nova, who quickly began to tear up after receiving some applause.

Nova went on to say that she has struggled because of her undocumented status to get a job, vote, secure an apartment, and get representation.

She added, “I couldn’t even go to my dream college.”

The Observer report continues…

Ms. Clinton was visibly taken aback. “Oh Nova,” she began, pausing for a second. “Wow. That was incredibly brave. And I thank you for doing that because it’s important to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. That’s one of the big hopes I have, is that we can get back to being a country where people can understand what others are going through and have empathy for it and really try to help each other.” Ms. Clinton went on to express her strong support for immigration reform legislation in Congress and said stories like Nova’s could help persuade reluctant legislators.

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