Category Archives: Mexico-Cent. Amer.

Profile of a South Coast Farmworker

The name has been changed in this story posted by the organization, Puente. When Pedro first arrived to the United States in 1983, he worked picking tomatoes in fields near Chula Vista, California. In those days, conditions for farmworkers were different and Pedro lived for months, along with other farmworkers, on the banks of a creek under a roof made ... Read More »

Lucila Ortiz

Lucila immigrated as an 11 year old when the family decided to join their father in the U.S. She recounts how a high school club she joined changed her life for the better. 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 »

Julio Navarrete

  “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The plaque at the base of the statue of liberty reminds us what this country stands for. As an eight-year-old crossing the border, I ... Read More »

William Ribera

William talks about the challenge of learning English and not needing to when everyone around you speaks Spanish. He came from El Salvador and hopes to become a police officer. Read More »

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