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Karolina – Hard-working DREAMer Teen

Karolina is a high school student who works as many hours as she can at a grocery store. She’s not saving money to buy a car or a prom dress. She’s working to help her family survive. Karolina was one of the storytellers at our “Walk of DREAMers” event and here is her emotion-filled video. To view the other five ... Read More »

Dellenbach Family – Immigrants for Religious Freedom

Hirzel, Canton Zurich, Switzerland – the home village Winter’s Landis family from 1488 until they were forced to flee Switzerland in the 1640’s. In 1614, in Zurich, Switzerland, Winter Dellenbach’s ancestor, Hans Landis, an Anabaptist minister, was martyred for his beliefs which threatened both the establishment church and state – there was no separation between the two then. He is ... Read More »

Dulce: The Most Challenging Path is the Most Rewarding

Dulce chose a college that was about as far from her environment and comfort-zone as she could imagine….and what a great choice it turned out to be. Dulce was born in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico and immigrated to the Bay Area when they were 8 years old. Dulce’s family settled in Hayward, which is where Dulce attended middle school and high ... Read More »

Dania and Alberto Fleeing Mexico

  “ No, don’t take me I didn’t do anything”! Alberto screamed as the head drug lord threatened him to join their cartel.   Alberto, and his wife Dania were persecuted by the drug cartels in Michoacan, Mexico. Frequently the reason that people leave their roots, culture, and traditions in Mexico, is to m escape poverty and create a better ... Read More »

Lalo – From the Strawberry Fields to UC Santa Cruz

As a 10 year old, Lalo would wake up at 5 AM, and work next to his mother picking strawberries in Michoacan – first remembering to take off his only pair of shoes. Later they emigrated to the US where he pursues a college degree and hopes one day for a pathway to citizenship and operating a small family business. ... Read More »

Valeria Lorenzo, DREAMer Tribute

A poignant story of loss and grief.  A DREAMer frequently leaves family behind and can no longer go to visit them once they try to build a new home and future in the US. Valeria works as an instructional aid for the special education department of a Bay Area High School. She came to the US when she was 13 years old.   ... 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 »

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 »

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