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Dreamer, New York lawyer, and immigration activist César Vargas has been hired by the Bernie Sanders campaign, where he is expected to join a growing team of Latino outreach staff. Dream Action Coalition

Bernie Sanders has hired Dreamer and immigration law activist César Vargas, according to Univision who broke the news on Thursday. Vargas will start in Nevada as the state's Latino Outreach Strategist. He'll be competing with a growing army of Hillary Clinton staffers, who are also ramping up hiring.

“It shows the evolution of the DREAMer movement,” Vargas told Fusion's Kevin Gray. “We’ve graduated from colleges, we’ve been politically active on immigration reform. Now DREAMers want to be a part of the 2016 election.”

Vargas also has a persional connections with Sanders that drew him to work on his campaign.

“Like me, Sanders is originally from Brooklyn; we even studied at the same high school,” he told Univision.

It’s hard to overstate Vargas’ place in the Dreamer activist community. Many dreamers have fought to make it through undergraduate programs without legal permission or government loans. Vargas fought all the way through law school, and even trounced haters at the New York Bar Association, becoming the first immigrant in the country to legally practice law in that state.

He's also Co-Founder of the Dream Action Coalition, a respected advocacy organization. Now, he’s competing with fellow Dreamers who have endorse Sanders’ rivals, arguing that the Vermont Senator is the best choice for the Democratic nomination.

“I think that Senator [Sanders] took a step further than the rest,” he told Univision. “No only did he meet with Dreamers because they are good people, as Hillary Clinton has said, but he also included us in his team in order to make sure that his platform includes the issues and the needs of our community.”

This aritcle has been corrected to remove a quote from Cesar Vargas, the filmmaker.

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