Category Archives: Came from

Crossing Twice (Mexico)

I crossed twice and made it both times without getting caught. I grew up in El Limon, Michoacan, Mexico. I can sometimes remember riding on horses and taking care of the cattle on the farm with my dad because I stopped going to school after 5th grade. On Christmas, we would bathe in the cold river water because it was ... Read More »

Alone (Mexico)

I, Maria Teresa Lucatero, left my home in search of a future better than what was to be ahead of me, all while I was struggling to find a way out of being alone. I was born to a large family on September 3rd, 1959, with a total of 9 siblings, and my mother and father. My mother had a ... Read More »

The Strength Between You (Mexico)

The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes. I was born on January 17, 1982 in Jiquilpan, Michoacan but I grew up ... Read More »

The Struggle (Mexico)

From the sweet smell fruit orchards; to the bitter gas and fog that filled up San Francisco. I had no option in coming here. I had no initial reaction, I didn’t know what to think. I had a lot of fun in Mexico. I liked school, I participated in dances at festivals, which I enjoyed a lot. I really liked ... Read More »

One Way Ticket (Mexico)

“I would come back, I promise.” Just like thousands of others that had promised to their families. But just like the thousands of others, I haven’t returned. I lived in Michoacan. I was like any other kid. I went to school. I played with my friends. I had dreams. We lived in an okay neighborhood. Everyone knew each other and ... Read More »

A Great Journey (El Salvador)

“Corre! La migra!” the coyote yelled, “Run! It’s immigration!” To this day, I’m traumatized by the word “run.” Who wouldn’t be? It’s all I did while crossing the border and it was the only thing that kept me from being sent back. I will never forget the long cold nights where we spent hours running. It was as if we ... Read More »

Sewing New Seeds (Mexico)

I was a young lady who wanted the better for both of my daughters. I moved to the U.S. followed by a shadow to whom I believed was God helping me cross safely to California. I lived with my mom in Apatzingan, Michoacan in Mexico. I was born in a small town of Uruapan, in 1976.  Time passed by and ... Read More »

How my life changed forever! (Mexico)

When I was young, I believed I would live in Mexico forever. Everything changed when my sister died which made me realize Mexico is not safe for my family. At first I did not want to leave Mexico but then I realized it was one of the best decisions for me and my family. When I lived in Mexico, I ... Read More »

Endless Reminisce (Kenya)

I never knew God’s plan for me would’ve been this amazing until now that I look back and see all that I have accomplished through Him. After three long months of boarding school, my seven siblings and I were surprised with the news from my dad that we were going to go visit our “[cucu] sho-sho”–grandma. Our grandma lived in ... Read More »

An Immigrant’s Story: Irma Nevarez (Mexico)

I was only 13 when I made a life-changing choice. All I was thinking about was all the pressure of my family depending on me. I was afraid. I was only a kid, after all; I felt like a porcupine at a balloon party. But all I knew was I needed to succeed and help the people I left behind ... Read More »

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