Category Archives: Mexico-Cent. Amer.

Refugee From Civil War in El Salvador

Martin Baro – one of the clergy killed by soldiers at the University 1989 The university was surrounded by soldiers. We saw them take out the priests. Then shot them and we saw their blood stain the floor . Everything in their head was leaking out and their eyes still open. They were still breathing. I haven’t been able to ... Read More »

Myriam – “Walk of DREAMers”

Myriam was one of our featured storytellers at the “Walk of DREAMers” event in April 2017. She’s a high school student in Redwood City and an active member of the Dream Club there. She wonders about a classmate from the Republican Club who gives her pause. Read More »

From Aztec to Gringa

She had a lingering desire to go back, but she knew she had to stay to guarantee a secure and prosperous future for her children. During Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidency, he made a statement about immigrants. He stated, “Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists”(1932). This quote shows there ... Read More »

My Journey Crossing La Linea

1994 was when everything went downhill in Mexico. I wasn’t getting enough money to provide for my family, and if it wasn’t for the money I would still be in Michoacan. My two friends and I decided to leave El Sauz De Magaña Michoacan the Rancho, where I was raised, to come to the United States. The jobs in Mexico ... Read More »

Escaping My Own Darkness

Orlando was one of the presenters at our “Walk of DREAMers” storytelling event on April 23, 2017. An excellent student who received a full scholarship to one the most prestigious universities in the country, he still fell victim to a deep depression. He was haunted by the difficult feelings and challenges that arise for many undocumented “Dreamers.” Below is his ... Read More »

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 »

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