We came to this country because my mother had a fellowship. My father’s MBA was not accredited in the United States so eventually he went back to school to repeat his degree. Gonzalo South Bay, Florida My parents moved to America when I was a year old and my sister was 2 1/2. Sometimes I hate how unknowingly privileged they are.
They recognized that the caste system in the US is based on where you go to school so they sent my sister and I to the best high schools and then the best colleges. They get free doctor and dentist visits while I haven’t been to the doctor since I was 8 years old. I am 17 years old now and I want to travel the world but sadly I can’t.
We believe that the promise of America can be a reality for all of us. We left Yemen during the beginning of the revolution to change the president. When my friends came over and asked where my father was I said he was “working”. I am now 16 years old and counselors are telling me to start looking for college. I’ve been illegal all my life but found out when I was 15. I lived the life of a normal kid with school and friends and just being a kid. I left of my own accord went back twice in 2006 then again in 2007.
Since then people are suffering from lack of food resources. My father told us that we would not stay for a long time in NYC but since the war started in Yemen it’s not safe anymore. So for two years we have been hoping that Yemen will get better and it will be safe so we can go back and see my family after five years of being expatriates. Every year on my birthday he calls me and I try hard not to cry because I know it’s another year of him not being able to see me grow. My sister is a senior and she recently found out that we cannot apply for FAFSA. at the time so he never really had the chance to see me when I was born. When I got older I couldn’t get a normal job or even go to school or even get my first car. When I went to the US last month with my 9yr old whose father is an American citizen I was denied entry on the grounds of an overstay in the past. Vicky Scotland I came to the States for the first time a couple days after I turned 18.
Turning our backs on immigrant and refugee populations would mean we are no longer willing to nurture others like myself who have a chance to grow and contribute to what makes America already so great.After graduation from college and medical school, I was privileged to take care of cancer patients. Albany, New York I came to the United States as a child.I was privileged to work alongside many dedicated colleagues at the FDA and National Cancer Institute as a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service. My grandparents were refugees at the time of partition in India from, what is now, Pakistan to present India. Living the American dream shouldn’t consist of being scared every second of the day. My dad is a resident alien but could never fix my situation.I was privileged and fortunate to contribute to the discovery and development of several new cancer drugs that are available for patients today. We had a hard life and he tried to make end meet for us. He is now 24 and about to get out and is facing deportation. He has been convicted of 3 felonies and he has served 6 years in total. They worked long and hard days doing blue-collar jobs so that my parents would have a better chance at life. Since I have been here I’ve formed a family of my own.As a parent, I am blessed to have one son serving our country as an officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and another son pushing the boundaries of medicine and science beyond that taught to me a generation ago. Like many immigrants, I am grateful for what America has to offer and strive to make America a better country. But given today’s circumstances, if I were a refugee, would you see me differently? He has a green card and me and my mom are citizens. Came from Peru as a child and his whole life is here. My parents chose to honor their sacrifices by seeking a better life in the United States. I hate hearing family members and friends calling us to be careful because in Hudson ICE was seen deporting families. I don’t know anything about Mexico because I was raised here and I find myself scared to be deported to a place that I do not know.