America

From: Tampico, Mexico  Current City: Atlanta, GA
"I know what it’s like to feel like you don’t have any rights and to feel like you don’t belong and to feel injustice. I really want to make a change. I want to help people that feel like they don’t have a voice because they do have a voice."
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America has seen how many sacrifices her parents have made in coming to the United States. Because of this, she’s motivated to work hard and make her family proud.

Born in Tampico, Mexico, America her mother and grandparents raised her after her father moved to the United States. She formed a strong bond with her grandfather, and he became her father figure. After some time had passed, America and her mother decided to come to the United States as well. When she arrived, America didn’t recognize her father and cried when he tried to hold her.

After arriving in the United States, America lived in a large apartment with fifteen other people. Coming to the United States proved to present many different obstacles. She didn’t speak any English and had a difficult time in class, and when her grandfather passed away, she was unable to visit him to say goodbye.

Currently in high school, America’s favorite subject is social studies. Outside of class, she likes to bake, read, and spend time with her family. Because of her experience as a DACA recipient, America hopes to become a political activist or a civil rights attorney. She wants to help give a voice to the voiceless.

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