Category Archives: Mexico-Cent. Amer.

Karolina – Hard-working DREAMer Teen

Karolina is a high school student who works as many hours as she can at a grocery store. She’s not saving money to buy a car or a prom dress. She’s working to help her family survive. Karolina was one of the storytellers at our “Walk of DREAMers” event and here is her emotion-filled video. To view the other five ... Read More »

Dulce: The Most Challenging Path is the Most Rewarding

Dulce chose a college that was about as far from her environment and comfort-zone as she could imagine….and what a great choice it turned out to be. Dulce was born in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico and immigrated to the Bay Area when they were 8 years old. Dulce’s family settled in Hayward, which is where Dulce attended middle school and high ... Read More »

Dania and Alberto Fleeing Mexico

  “ No, don’t take me I didn’t do anything”! Alberto screamed as the head drug lord threatened him to join their cartel.   Alberto, and his wife Dania were persecuted by the drug cartels in Michoacan, Mexico. Frequently the reason that people leave their roots, culture, and traditions in Mexico, is to m escape poverty and create a better ... Read More »

Lalo – From the Strawberry Fields to UC Santa Cruz

As a 10 year old, Lalo would wake up at 5 AM, and work next to his mother picking strawberries in Michoacan – first remembering to take off his only pair of shoes. Later they emigrated to the US where he pursues a college degree and hopes one day for a pathway to citizenship and operating a small family business. ... Read More »

Valeria Lorenzo, DREAMer Tribute

A poignant story of loss and grief.  A DREAMer frequently leaves family behind and can no longer go to visit them once they try to build a new home and future in the US. Valeria works as an instructional aid for the special education department of a Bay Area High School. She came to the US when she was 13 years old.   ... Read More »

Angel Barragan – Deportation Story

Angel’s mother was doing well as a hairdresser while his father was  gainfully employed as a construction worker. The kids were all doing well in school. The “American Dream” seemed accessible as they moved to a better apartment and purchased a car.  Then the dream turned into a nightmare. Angel is a DREAMer who came to California at the age of 10. ... Read More »

Immigration Story From Mexico Searching for Opportunity

Mexico is the country where I grew up and became the man I am today. Mexico was like any country, beautiful, full of life, and full of memories. There was just one problem when I was growing up, the economy was bad. I grew up in a poor house that had paint chipping from the walls and with a single ... Read More »

An Immigrant Story-Leaving the Fields in Mexico

I was born in 1977 in Pozo De Ibarra, Mexico. I grew up  not having many toys to play with but that did not mean that I didn’t have an amazing childhood. As I grew up, I remember how all of my brothers and sisters always told me that even if they had lots of siblings they still waited very ... Read More »

Leaving Poverty in Michoacan for Opportunity

I was living in Michoacan, Mexico on a small poor ranch where it smelled like cows and horses. It was a ranch far away from the city and was surrounded by dust and trees where only our family struggled day by day. I had only gone to school from kindergarden to 6th grade which meant I couldn’t do anything else ... Read More »

My Grandmother, And 11 Children

It was 1988 in Mexico. Eva, a 27 year old woman who looks so beautiful with her long black hair and nice smooth face and hands, is such a caring and brave person. At the age of 15 she got married to Ignacio, and then they made their family. She was living in a small town called Tecomatan. It was ... Read More »

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