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Tongan Immigrant

Keleki Tuitavake was adopted and raised by his Aunty because his father didn’t have the time nor the money to take care of him, but still loved him and currently lives in Salt Lake City with family. He grew up in Tonga in a small town on a farm with the rest of his family. He was very successful in ... Read More »

Rolando From Guatemala

Rolando Sacor, whom I owe the world to, has had to work hard to get to where he is in life today. He, like many others here today, migrated from his homeland. I had never really questioned my father about this and I now recognize why this is such an important aspect of his life. Now I’m so much more ... Read More »

Personal Care Assistant from El Salvador

My mother, Guadalupe De Los Ángeles was born in San Salvador in 1969. She is my mother and first immigrated to California. She currently works at Kaiser Hospital as a personal care assistant (pca) and occasionally takes Zumba classes. My mom is the youngest of 7 children. She lived with her parents up until she immigrated. Her brothers were very ... Read More »

Enjoying a New Life

In 1979, being born in México, Pachuca Hidalgo, a busy, but yet an enchanting big city. my father, at the age of 16, takes the risk to make his journey to illegally immigrate to the U.S, where he now ultimately lives in Northern California, with his family. I, Esther, am his oldest daughter out of five other siblings in the ... Read More »

Hard Working Restaurant Employee

His name is Ricardo Maldonado Garcia – my father. He was born on the 30th of March in the year 1963. Born into a poor Mexican family where he struggled to do anything and it didn’t help being raised in a remote pueblo in Michoacan called Tumbiscatio. He was only 18 at the time when he left his home country ... Read More »

New Orleans to the SF Bay Area

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 »

Manuel Looked for a New Life

As I was interviewing Manuel, 44, who was born in Jalisco, Mexico, I figured out things about his past and his life that could be the reasons that things are the way they are. Manuel has migrated from Mexico to California and currently lives in East Palo Alto. He likes to take his kids out and to provide them with ... Read More »

Cecilia Alvarez From Jalisco

My mother, Cecilia Alvarez, is 56 years old. She was born in a ranch named La Joya in Jalisco, Mexico. My mom migrated from La Joya in Jalisco to San Bruno, California in 1981. After that, she moved to Long Beach, California, back to San Bruno, and then she moved to East Palo Alto, California, where she currently lives. My ... Read More »

The Emotional Toll of Having to Emigrate

I was born in Iran, and at the age of 10, my family and I absconded from the multi-systemic injustices and immigrated to the US in hopes of extended opportunities and freedom. I was about 3-years-old when the Iran-Iraq war started. Consequently, the only memories of Iran I had included the sounds of sirens and hearing the Iraqi military jets ... Read More »

Risk and Hard Work Pays Off

…the smugglers kidnapped me and kept me in a garage in Santa Ana for about 3 weeks not knowing what they wanted to do with me… My father is Arturo Calvario and he was born on January 2, 1967 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. The following is from his memories in his point of view on his journey to the U.S ... Read More »

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