August 19, 2013
Kristin Rodine, Hispanic Business
Many of the people Ivan Carrillo sells auto insurance to are in Idaho illegally. They work hard, pay taxes, buy insurance and live in fear of being forced out, he says.
Carrillo relates to that anxiety: A native of Mexico, he came to Idaho with his family at age 6 but didn’t gain legal status until he was 14. He didn’t truly feel at ease until he became a U.S. citizen just before he turned 18.
“When I became a citizen I felt forgiven, almost. It was a huge change, a huge weight off my shoulders,” said the 26-year-old, who works at Nampa’s El Centro, a business that sells insurance and tax-preparation services to a mostly immigrant population, both legal and not.
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