Tag Archives: Michoacan

Medical Expenses Lead to Immigration

Life in La Mira was basically perfect for my mother as well as for her six sisters and four brothers. She loved to go to the beach with her friends and just hang out with them especially on Sundays. Then one day her dad got really sick and they needed to check what he had. Later on they figured out ... Read More »

Crossing to the “Land of the Better”

“they taste nothing like the ones sold over there huh?…”, I said to him. He only smiled and said, “todo aya sabe mejor…” “everything over there tastes better…”. I was only 19 when we chose to make this decision…… my husband and I believed that coming to the United States would be as simple as the answer everyone gives – ... Read More »

Border Kept Her Separate From Family At Difficult Times

                            One of the memories she has from when she first got here was her first shower. In Mexico she was used to taking bucket baths. In her first encounter with a shower here she was very confused because she was not given a container or bowl ... 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 »

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 »

Leaving Poverty in Michoacan for Opportunity

I was living in Michoacan, Mexico on a small poor ranch where it smelled like cows and horses. It was a ranch far away from the city and was surrounded by dust and trees where only our family struggled day by day. I had only gone to school from kindergarden to 6th grade which meant I couldn’t do anything else ... Read More »

From Arteaga Michoacan: New Life in Redwood City

My name is Esther. It was twenty years ago when I was living in Arteaga Michoacan. I was living in a small ranch with my mother, my husband, and my two little kids. It was small, and had a small creek on the side. The smell of avocados came from the several big avocado trees. I see my two children ... Read More »

Michoacan Mexico: 12 Year Old Ice Cream Vendor

No education. Hard work. Poor. That is my life in Michoacan, Mexico. My family lived in a ranch type of home. Everyday in the hot sunny morning, I would breath in the scent of fresh dry dirt the moment I stepped outside onto the dry, cracked dirt road, wearing almost the same exact clothes each day: A plain white shirt ... Read More »

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