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Manuel Looked for a New Life

  photo by Greg Wagoner                                      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 ... 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 »

A Rugby Player from Tonga

My dad, Moses Tameilau, was born and raised in Niua, Tonga. He is 52 years old and now lives in Redwood City, Ca with an amazing wife and six kids. He owns a little business in concrete contracting and works for the government in the city of Los Gatos. He has a strong passion for the game of rugby and ... Read More »

Fiji to San Francisco

I realised that I have big dreams and I’m going to do anything it takes to reach those dreams and be successful in America. It’s May 1994. I’m on a plane to America. I know this decision will change my entire life. Putting all my trust in my parents, I have decided to go with them to America. As I ... Read More »

New Beginning Following A Murder in Mexico

My name is Gelo Ochoa, I was born in the house of my grandparents near Aguililla, Sergio Rosales is my son. I migrated from Michoacan Mexico and in the present day I live in Redwood City, CA. I take care of children, clean my home, and go to school most of the days. My son decided to choose me because ... Read More »

Leaving Violence-Torn El Salvador

On her second day of being in the United States she found a job packaging lettuce, and although it was a difficult task to do, she earned nearly 16 times what she would’ve earned in El Salvador in a week. My mother, Ana  was born in La Libertad, El Salvador – just a few miles away from the capital, San ... Read More »

Traveler at Heart

            …in Mexico we had a four-walled home with no bedrooms, no bathrooms, and no kitchen. Although you’d sometimes sleep inside, the bathroom and kitchen were always outside. When I came to the United States, I was very surprised to find a bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms, and even carpet…         I am the ... Read More »

Medical Expenses Lead to Immigration

Life in La Mira was basically perfect for my mother as well as for her six sisters and four brothers. She loved to go to the beach with her friends and just hang out with them especially on Sundays. Then one day her dad got really sick and they needed to check what he had. Later on they figured out ... Read More »

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