Angy Rivera
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Undocumented immigrants look for love

24 July 2012 Last updated at 02:40 BST

Work isn't the only thing that's hard to find for undocumented immigrants in the US - so is love.

Angy Rivera, a 21-year-old student, realised two years ago that the political debate about illegal immigration and its impact on American life ignored a big part of the effect on the undocumented themselves: the emotional toll on social life and on the search for love.

For young Americans who came to the US illegally, even as children, dating can be a serious challenge: How to get into the club without proof of age? How to speak with a date about vague career plans?

What happens if he wants to take a holiday abroad? And the big question: whether - and how - to tell a date about one's immigration status?

Every week Rivera answers questions like that in her online column Ask Angy and in her online videos, which are hosted by the New York State Youth Leadership Council, an advocacy group for young immigrants.

The BBC spent the day with Angy and her friends, dealing with the usual problems of youth, love and friendship without papers.

Produced by Anna Bressanin, Camera by Ilya Shnitser