Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

Escaping Poverty in Guerrero (Mexico)

          She and her companions walked for three days. They were without food, but they continued to walk- both out of motivation for the new life they were embarking upon and also out of fear of being caught and sent to a detention center, as she had been twice before. But her life in Mexico had ... Read More »

Escaping Post-War Vietnam

“We left our house with our small bag to go to the cargo ship knowing that I may never see my house again, and that we could be shot for walking the streets during the curfew.” My uncle Tai was born and grew up in Cholon. Cholon was a district of Saigon which was the capital of old South Vietnam. ... Read More »

Sacrifice (Hong Kong)

I remember one day coming home with soot and dust covering the shoulders of my coat from the pollution. My son once asked me, “Why did you leave China with such a good job to come to America? You work much harder here than back in China.” In China, I was considered upper class. I had a high income, lived ... Read More »

Craig Gibbs (New Zealand)

Craig was the first of his family to move from New Zealand and live in another country. He knew it was risky, but he was looking for opportunities that he couldn’t find in rural New Zealand. So he packed up all his belongings, which fit into only two suitcases, and left his friends and family behind him on a 6,500 ... Read More »

Made in Taiwan

From that day on, he told himself that if he couldn’t fly aircraft, he could at least make one. The number 8 in Chinese culture has always been a prized symbol, with its pronunciation sounding similar to prosperity and good fortune.  My father was born on August 8th, 1958, and throughout his childhood, he was always told he was lucky ... Read More »

Irma Nava, a beautiful and strong woman

As I was walking, I made it to Texas safely. As I decided to take a break and eat a little, I saw a flashlight that was targeted at me, and it was coming closer and closer to me. I was born in Michoacan, Mexico, stuck with 9 other siblings in the ranch. I remember the roosters always being my ... Read More »

The Big Move

We lived on the wrong side of town for people with our skin, and our neighbors would never let us forget that. I had to go. I was fed up. I was only 12 years old, but I knew I deserved better than this. With so much life left to live I had to ask myself, “Renael, is this going ... Read More »

Freedom is Something Worth Fighting For

Your freedom is something you should always fight for. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”-Martin Luther King Jr. My name is Jose Jimenez, I was very poor and had 9 other siblings. I grew up in Uruapan, Mexico. It is extremely hot and used to be a very small town. I ... Read More »

Ever’s Story

Ever is a teacher who was one of our featured storytellers at the “Walk of DREAMers” event. He shares personal stories of what it is like to grow up undocumented – facing loss and disappointment while determining to to keep his dreams alive. After two major setbacks, Ever opens a new door that gives him freedom and hope. Read More »

For My Daughters

As I was to begin this journey, all I could think about was getting to my daughters and being able to hold them in my arms. I also wanted to see those same little girls grow old and follow the future that I hoped they get to have when I move to Los Estados Unidos, where dreams come true. It ... Read More »

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