Tag Archives: Mexico

A Perilous Journey, Hard Work, and a Better Life (México)

I was determined that I would make a better life for my family, even if I had to risk my life. I come from a large, hard working family. By Mexican standards we were comfortable, but that comfort came with the price of constant hard work. We lived under the rule of a corrupt president, who took more and more ... Read More »

When One Door Closes (México)

In La Huerta, Jalisco, a baby girl was born to a mother. Her name was Lily (name changed), after her mother’s favorite flower. That girl is me. I lived on a beautiful ranch, Plazola. I am the oldest of my family so it had only been me and my 2 sisters Maria and Alejandra. Our ranch was small but it ... Read More »

The Struggle of Wanting a Better Future (México)

She was a young and an energetic woman. She was a supervisor. She packaged mangoes to help her family, doing whatever she could to make her child’s life better. She was Ana. As I was growing up in México, I felt free. My parents to this day have a huge house where I got to play with my sisters and ... Read More »

Land of Opportunity (Mexico)

The person I am today is very different from who I was when I was growing up. I remember the day my mother told me we were moving to California. I was only eight years old so I did not fully understand what that meant, but I remember feeling my heart racing and a smile forming on my face when ... Read More »

Holding On (Mexico)

Ramon (named changed)  was born in Puebla, Mexico. He studied until he was 20, but then he couldn’t pay the university fees so he started working in a supermarket. When he was 25 years old he decided to come to this country. He knew he would have  more job opportunities here. Also there was a lot of violence in Mexico ... Read More »

Immigration Story of Rogelio Sotelo (Mexico)

My father has always been an active man, always eager to learn something new and prepared for whatever was to come. Rogelio Sotelo was born on July 27, 1973 in the town of Jamay, Jalisco, into a middle class family of five girls and four boys. As a young child, through elementary school, he would wake up every morning and ... Read More »

Baker and Role Model (Mexico)

Click & listen to the story as read by Ramon’s granddaughter, Jamie Garcia-Villareal, a resident of Palo Alto. I wouldn’t say I had it easy, but then again, no one here really did. I was born and raised in Aguililla, Michoacan, Mexico on July 20, 1929. You see, growing up then, no one really had any money. Michoacan was filled ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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