The Voice of the Undocumented Parent
THE VOICE of the UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT PARENT
I am the voice of the undocumented parent who made the tough decision to come to the U.S. with my family because I could no longer feed them. There were no jobs in my small town. There were drug cartels forcing kids to sell drugs. There was a lot of violence. I heard there were employers who needed workers in the U.S. I didn’t know if there was a way to get a visa or not, but I knew if I could just get here …. If I could just get here, there would be a way, no matter what.
You cannot imagine what a tough decision it was and how scary it was to pack up the family and to come to a country I didn’t know, where they spoke a language I could not speak. But I had a dream of a better life for my children and that if we worked hard enough, no matter what, maybe my children could live a better life.
I am so very grateful to be here.There are so many good people here. Yet it has not been easy. I know my children lose sleep and worry that I might get deported. They are afraid of the police. They are afraid that our family may be separated. They hear stories. I have two other children who were born in the U.S. I would do anything to get a work permit, to be able to drive a car legally, get car insurance and have legal status. I don’t know how to do it …. And so I continue to work hard, live in the shadows, stay out of trouble, and live with the hope that some day, I can be a full member of this country that I love and want to serve.