Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

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 »

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 »

Immigrant Story: Mario, Italian Waiter

The year was 1979 when Mario was living in Italy where he had a beautiful small house on a small street in a small town. Everything was small and well taken care of. Mario is a short man with green eyes. He was previously a worker in a nightclub and was now working in a Italian restaurant. A man came ... 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 »

Antonio’s Immigration Story: A New Life at Age 15

One thing that I have always hoped for is for my kids to have an education and to be someone in life, and to be known. During the time I was in Mexico I lived in a place called Morelia. I lived in a regular house that my dad made, but we still needed money to get food. I worked ... Read More »

Gonzalo’s Migration Story

It was 1977 when Gonzalo was left in an orphanage in Puebla, Mexico while he was still a child. For about 12 years Gonzalo lived in the orphanage. Gonzalo did all kinds of things in the orphanage, things such as picking up the cow poop, milking goats, and going to other cities in Mexico. One thing Gonzalo liked about the ... Read More »

From Arteaga Michoacan: New Life in Redwood City

My name is Esther. It was twenty years ago when I was living in Arteaga Michoacan. I was living in a small ranch with my mother, my husband, and my two little kids. It was small, and had a small creek on the side. The smell of avocados came from the several big avocado trees. I see my two children ... Read More »

Michoacan Mexico: 12 Year Old Ice Cream Vendor

No education. Hard work. Poor. That is my life in Michoacan, Mexico. My family lived in a ranch type of home. Everyday in the hot sunny morning, I would breath in the scent of fresh dry dirt the moment I stepped outside onto the dry, cracked dirt road, wearing almost the same exact clothes each day: A plain white shirt ... Read More »

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