Category Archives: Came from

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 »

Fred Kahn’s Immigrant story

Born in Germany of Jewish parents, I was whisked to Belgium when I was 6 years old. I survived the Holocaust in the underground  – hiding in Southeast Belgium. After the liberation, I excelled in school and also was active in youth activities. I came to the US in 1952. I was 19 years old when I arrived alone in ... Read More »

Immigration Story From Mexico Searching for Opportunity

Mexico is the country where I grew up and became the man I am today. Mexico was like any country, beautiful, full of life, and full of memories. There was just one problem when I was growing up, the economy was bad. I grew up in a poor house that had paint chipping from the walls and with a single ... Read More »

Walter Woodworth’s Immigration Journey: The Crossing

Kent County, England, 1630. In the midst of farmland and trees lies a farm, with big fields and crops that would rise up to waist height. A man named Walter Woodworth finds himself poor, despite all the back-breaking work he has put in. He tries to make due with what he has, but finds that he is not making enough ... Read More »

Venugopal Menon: A Doctor’s Tale Of Migration

I came to the US from India in 1969. I was born in pre-independent colonial, British India during WW II and was educated as a doctor. I  served in  the Indian Army before leaving the country. I was looking  for higher education,  better opportunities, and to earn the American Dream.  I landed in Washington, DC, moved to CT for a year, and ... 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 »

Beatley Buehlmann’s Immigration Story: Never Returned to Switzerland

The world outside Sarnen called me to explore it; I boldly responded with a three year trip to France and then London, where I was a nanny to wealthy families. It was 1960. While hiking on the magnificent mountains my home town was visible, pleasantly placed near a lake that glistened like glass in the afternoon sun. You could hear ... 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 »

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