Category Archives: Landed In

Making It Out

Editor’s note: Slavery is an integral part of the American story and those who were forced to come to the US in chains, are no less immigrants than any other group. Not only was their freedom taken, but in many cases, their personal family history was lost. On this web site of immigration stories, we pick up their descendants’ story ... 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 »

Immigration Story of Ofa Langi (Tonga)

My whole life changed once I turned 12 years old. I learned I was adopted by my aunt, and later I was reunited with my real parents and siblings. Together we moved to America. I was living in a big house with a cat, and life was slow. Living with my aunt was very fun but there are lots of ... 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 »

Starting Over With Nothing (Mexico)

I had no idea what was going to happen to me in the United States. I did not know what events would take place or how I would react when I got stuck in a difficult situation. My only motive was my two kids in Mexico and the better future that I aspired to give them. My name is Maria ... Read More »

Other Life (Mexico)

Mexico 1994. I was 18 years old when, for the first time in my life, I had problems with drug addiction. I didn’t have a job, I didn’t go to school, and I lived from what my parents had, but it was not enough to have a good life.  We were very poor.  I remember that my father worked hard ... Read More »

Reflections On What’s Missed and What’s Gained (Mexico)

I grew up in La Mesa de la Providencia Tlachichila Nochistlán, Zacatecas, México. I remember that it was a small town, where a small amount of people lived and everyone there was mostly family. For me that is the most beautiful place in this world and the best place to live. It was so small that everyone would know everyone, ... Read More »

Determined Dreamer from El Salvador

I was ten years old carrying a broken heart and tears that cover my eyes when I emigrated to the United States of America from El Salvador with the innocence feeling of only wanting to be reunited with my mother and father. At the instance, I was not chasing the American Dream. All I wanted was to be able to ... Read More »

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