Every weekday, Iris Alondra Hipolito waits for her 14-year-old brother Luis to arrive home from school.
The 17-year-old fixes Luis a meal of rice and shredded beef before she sits down to help with homework. She asks him about his day.
“I play the role of mom now,” Iris said.
Their mother lives more than 2,000 miles away in a small village in the outskirts of Oaxaca City in Mexico. Iris and Luis are U.S. citizens and can move back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border, but their mother has no legal status in this country. She wants their family’s story told, and she hopes the leader of the Roman Catholic Church will tell it.