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My American Dream

I am in, no, I was in México on my step-grandfather’s ranch, up in the trees picking all kinds of fruits, from mangos to guavas to plums. I could see the sun setting on the horizon and I saw the horses below me grazing with the cows. I was born and raised on outskirts of México City. I would always ... Read More »

Harry & Malka: Fleeing Pogroms

When he was a boy, Harry Katznelson’s father was a bible scholar and would quote the beginning of a bible verse then have Harry or his brother Zev quote the end of the verse.  Harry himself was from Lublin, while his future spouse Malka Meyerson was from a village in between Minsk and Pinsk. They were “living in a place ... Read More »

Claudia: Drowning in Doctor and School Bills

  Jalisco, Mexico. It’s a really beautiful state – where I live. My name is Claudia (name was changed). I am 25 years old. My family and I have a ranch that’s an hour away from the city. I just sometimes wished that I didn’t live like this. We didn’t have enough money to pay our bills.We had really bad jobs that ... Read More »

Sela Malu: New Life as a High School Student

When Sela Malu was 16 years old she was schooling at Beulah College (high school) in the country of Tonga. She was a young, determined girl who demanded a further education to help better herself and her family in the future and was also determined to get better education opportunities such as college. Besides her being determined to get further ... Read More »

Maria & Juan Immigration Story : Creating Opportunities

Maria and Juan are really hard working people (names were changed for this article). Maria was born and raised in Michoacan, Mexico and Juan was born in Arteaga, Michoacan but raised in Michoacan, Mexico. Both are always willing to do anything for their family. They are kind, loving and they would never give up on their dreams, just like they never gave up on ... Read More »

Angel’s Immigration Story: Courage and Fortitude

It was cold and snowy that day. We got stopped by the police. Oh, es la migra ya nos vamos patras. Oh, it’s immigration we’re now going back. But instead, the police had a dog that smelled  for drugs and other illegal weapons. The dog licked the sugar donuts that we had just bought. Until this day, I don’t like ... Read More »

Immigration Story Christina Bergmann: Sweden to the Land of Disney

The year was 1954 when Christina left Sweden where she had spent the first six years of her life. The sun was high in the sky and reflected off the huge boat bobbing in the port. Her hands were clasped over a suitcase handle as she and her family walked on the boat with hundreds of other people. She looked ... Read More »

Immigration Story Daniel Guevara: Odyssey From Guatemala

My name is Daniel Guevara. I am patient. I am outgoing. I am humble. I am one of a kind. I happily live in Hayward CA with my wife, two sons, daughter-in-law and my one year old nephew who I adore so much. I was born in 1974 in San Marcos, Guatemala. I  lived with my grandparents and started working ... Read More »

Seng Ra: Immigrant Girl’s story from Myanmar

Seng Ra was born in Myanmar. When she was 16, she ran away from a civil war. Afterwards, she sheltered in a refugee camp in Malaysia. When she was a month away from her 18th birthday in 2008, she came to the United States with the help of UNHCR. Seng was sent to a Refuge Foster Family home in Concord, ... Read More »

Yancie Alfaro’s Immigration Story: A Dream Come True

Yancie Alfaro was born in El Salvador, Central America. Her father passed away when she was five years old. Her mother took care of her and her four siblings. When Yancie was in high school, she met Rodrigo Alfaro, who fifteen years later is her husband. In 2003, Rodrigo moved to the United States to continue his studies and Yancie ... Read More »

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