Category Archives: Mexico-Cent. Amer.

Tomás Ignacio Morán Santos

My father, Tomás Ignacio Morán Santos, came to the United States with his family in August 1961 from Cuba. He was accompanied by his wife Laydée and his three very young children, Tomas (me), Enrique, and Susana. While the entire family had opposed the Batista regime and supported the Cuban revolution, my father grew concerned in early 1961 when the ... Read More »

Julio Navarrete

  “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The plaque at the base of the statue of liberty reminds us what this country stands for. As an eight-year-old crossing the border, I ... Read More »

William Ribera

William talks about the challenge of learning English and not needing to when everyone around you speaks Spanish. He came from El Salvador and hopes to become a police officer. Read More »

Maria Hernandez

Story by Maria Hernandez     English translation of video clip: My name is Maria Hernandez. Hernandez is my marriage name. My maiden name from my hometown is Castañeda. I’m from Las Varas, Nayarit México. This is my youngest child. I have two other ones. I’m 36 years old.  My favorite food is Ceviche because of my state….. it’s a ... Read More »

Connie Cortes

English translation of video clip: My name is Connie Cortez. I’m from Mexico, from Michoacán. My father, who was already here as an immigrant… I come from a town of immigrants. Everyone had to come to the United States because of necessity. My dad came and didn’t see me be born. He knew me through photos until I was 6 ... Read More »

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