Day 23: Jennifer A’s Story

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When I was four years old, my single mother brought me to the United States in order to escape violence and poverty in Mexico.  After marrying an American citizen and having two more children, my mother decided to apply for citizenship.  Her lawyer advised her to go back to Mexico as a part of the process, but upon her arrival, she was informed that she would not be able to return to the United States.

Though I and my step-siblings still have my stepfather, his job forces him to travel often and the majority of the care-giving responsibilities fall to me.

My siblings don’t really like going to school events because they see other parents there with their kids. After my High school graduation I didn’t really want to celebrate because no-one from my immediate family was able to attend.  Because of my immigration status, I do not qualify for grants or loans and must pay all college tuition out of pocket.  So for now, college is not an option.

We’re not bad people,  It helps to tell the story because everyone has their own story… My mom came here to give me a better shot at having something, and she did a really good job at it.

 

To stand with Jennifer, text “Justice” or “justicia” to 69866 and learn more about how we can Keep Families Together.

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