“I don’t really know where I fit in. I was born in Argentina but I feel like I’m an American. I grew up here, went to school here, have friends here but because I’m not a permanent resident, I’m not officially connected to the culture I identify with.
“I went into debt to come to the U.S. as a guest with a dream. A dream that I could provide more than just the bare necessities, but a real future for my daughters.” reminisced Shellion Parris.
“Success in business is all about seeing something others don’t see, grasping the opportunity and fulfilling that need. I have a successful and growing business now because I saw something others didn’t, had the courage and determination to go after the opportunity and am now reaping the rewards.
“When you live in poverty, America shines like a beacon of hope. In Peru, you are either very, very rich or super-duper poor.
“La lucha de nuestra generacion – this is the battle of our generation,” says Lieutenant Elena McCullough about the need for comprehensive immigration reform.
“Paying it back AND paying it forward, that’s how I look at it. I get my sense of service to others from my father who, even though we don’t have a lot, considers himself fortunate and gives what he can to others less fortunate.
Facing an uncertain future in an unstable country, Irving Castillo and his wife decided to take a leap of faith for their safety and their children’s future.
“I am one of the fortunate ones that was able to come to the U.S. on a permanent visa and for whom the immigration system worked back in 1975.
“Senseless, needless suffering and crushing fear,” is how Melissa McGuire-Maniau describes her families’ experience with the immigration system. “For nearly eight long years my family was victimized by a bureaucracy that neither cared nor worked.