Category Archives: Mexico-Cent. Amer.

Working Towards a Better Future

San Joaquín, Municipio de Atotonilco el Alto, Jalisco

I was born on June 21, 1967 into a family of 13 who all crammed into a two bedroom house in San Joaquín, Municipio de Atotonilco el Alto, Jalisco. I was given the name Jose Luis Reynoso. I lived in un rancho[a ranch] called La Colonia where four other tiny houses recited on a large desert plane. Our house was ... Read More »

It was Just a Normal Day (Mexico)

We arrived at the beach and I was extremely happy and excited, and at that point I didn’t know we were crossing. I thought it was a normal day… until I got the news that my friend was pregnant. Little did I know that was the day my life was going to change forever. My name is Joanna. I was ... Read More »

The Life of A Hidden Soul

Editor’s note: Slavery is an integral part of the American story and those who were forced to come to the US in chains, are no less immigrants than any other group. Not only was their freedom taken, but in many cases, their personal family history was lost. On this web site of immigration stories, we pick up their descendants’ story ... Read More »

The Adventures of Butter Nugget (Panama)

… since we were already poor we had nothing to eat almost the entire journey. Sometimes I think, why didn’t we cook the lizard? A Panamanian family searching for a way out of poverty. Two parents, six kids, and one on the way, walking on foot to their new destiny in the U.S.A. I watch my parents argue for a ... Read More »

A New Life (Mexico)

We did not know if we were ever coming back alive. It was all a risk we were taking, a risk we were willing to make. I kept walking and walking through the desert. I did not want to stop, I could not stop. I had to continue — for my family, for myself. No me puedo dar por vensido. ... Read More »

La Venida (Guatemala)

It was very hot in there and we had to wait for 3 days inside this tank, not knowing when I would get to see the world. I was born in Guatemala, a little town called Chimaltenango, where farming is still the way to go. The only way of living is crops, with only my mother and my grandfather. I was ... Read More »

The Family that Evolves (Mexico)

I do not remember what it was that was said; all I remember is the loud words being thrown at me. Many move to a different house with a somewhat easy transition. I moved to a different house illegally and uncomfortably. It was very difficult living in Mexico because my family had economic problems. My family members did not have ... Read More »

She is Transfigured

I was living in a world of bliss filled with joy, laughter, and happily ever afters. I didn’t know it wasn’t going to last forever. I remember it being very beautiful in Michoacan, Mexico. I remember during spring, the flowers would blossom and together with my friends we would take the flowers and create different designs. Then we would wait ... Read More »

Sarahi Salamanca Espinoza (DREAMer)

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca is a resident of East Palo Alto with her husband and 17 month old daughter. She is The Founder and CEO of Dreamers Roadmap a mobile app that helps Undocumented students find scholarships for college. Her passion is to connect people to information needed to make them happy and successful. In this video she tells some stories ... Read More »

Hope (Mexico)

Before leaving he said to me, “If you have stuttered or looked down I would have rejected your visas.” I didn’t know what was going to happen at the immigration center. Me and my mom had to get approval stamps and give a believable reason to come here. Leaving Mexico was a blur. My home was in Mexico City, the heart ... Read More »

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