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Rafael – Immigration Story of a Family Reunited

It’s not uncommon for families to separate as one or more go to the US first to establish roots and some security before the others come.  Rafael was brought up in El Salvador by extended family until he was 4 years old and got the call to rejoin his mother. Rafael was one of the featured Storytellers at our “Walk of ... 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 »

Thomas Henry Sanders

          My grandfather, Thomas Henry Sanders, worked at Rudge-Whitworth in England, a bicycle manufactory in Coventry, England and left because of a broken heart. His best friend who also worked at Rudge-Whitworth got the girl. They stayed good friends! My grandfather took a job teaching finance in Japan.  I guess you could do that in those ... Read More »

Undocumented Undergraduate

In this season of my life, I am a freshmen undergraduate student at a university in California. Like the typical undergraduate, I live in a dorm room and often stay up ungodly hours of the night typing away term papers like the rest of them. At my university, I am just your average nineteen-year-old, freshmen girl fulfilling her educational requirements. ... Read More »

Jeremy Barousse

Jeremy’s grandparents left home in Poland when the Nazis invaded.  His grandmother was only 16 when she made it to a refugee camp. In California they worked in the fields. Read More »

Tomás Ignacio Morán Santos

My father, Tomás Ignacio Morán Santos, came to the United States with his family in August 1961 from Cuba. He was accompanied by his wife Laydée and his three very young children, Tomas (me), Enrique, and Susana. While the entire family had opposed the Batista regime and supported the Cuban revolution, my father grew concerned in early 1961 when the ... Read More »

Diversity Increases With Each Generation

According to family lore, the first North American immigrants in our family were on my maternal grandmother’s side. A family of a mother, a father, and five kids were awaiting passage in England for the Colonies when the father, playing a game on the village green, broke his neck and died. Mother and children came anyway—to Maine in 1700. The ... Read More »

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