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Huey Leong

In the early 1900s, my great grandpa smuggled himself in a boat, hiding from the authorities, coming to America, not knowing what his future held, in a foreign land thousands of miles from his family. My great grandpa, Huey Leong, was born in Canton, China, a period of many cultural uprisings. Huey felt that his life was unfulfilled, and was ... Read More »

Construction Worker Sought A Better Future

My father, Emanuel was born in Jamay Jalisco, Mexico. At the age of 34 years old he decided to immigrate to the United States from Mexico. My father’s hobby was playing soccer but after he injured his foot he couldn’t really play anymore, he faced many struggles which is why he needed a better life in a different place that ... Read More »

Construction Worker Provides a Good Life

Jose Sahagun, 56, is a father of five children. I am lucky enough to be the youngest of those five kids and call him my father. Jose migrated from Jamay, Jalisco, which is a really small town near Guadalajara. He is now living in East Palo Alto, California as a construction worker for Anderson Pacific. Jose is a very hard ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Ubaldo’s Immigration Journey

Back in his home country, Ubaldo lived in a ranch house and worked for his dad. In the farm he had, he had been collecting eggs, milking cows, and pasturing sheep. He still attended school but when he didn’t he would work in the farm. When he was about 13 his dad died, and he had to take over as ... 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 »

Immigration Story: Dangerous Passage to New Life

When I was 17 years old, I always dreamed about living in the United States. I lived in a small farm in Aguililla Michoacan, Mexico. In 6th grade, I dropped out to help my parents with the work around the farm. Being the oldest was not the easiest for me. I had large amounts of responsibilities. My parents were somewhat ... Read More »

Leaving Mexico’s Poverty to Construct a New Life

In Hidalgo Mexico my house was made of sticks and the roof was made of grass. For me and my family it is a beautiful place to live in even though we were poor. Where I lived with my five big sisters and me – the little brother and two nieces and a nephew. I worked in the crops to ... Read More »

Jose Demetrio Renteria

The following interview of Jose was done by students from Castilleja School in Palo Alto, Nyanika Kapoor and Katherine Moldow – at the Day Worker Center. What was the hardest part about leaving Mexico? Jose: The most difficult part was that I knew I wouldn’t be able to see my family. What was your life like in Mexico? Jose: My ... Read More »

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