My parents left their home country, their family, and friends all to give me and my brother a
better future. I can’t imagine myself leaving my home, my family, everything I’ve ever known
to go to a place where more resources seem to be given. But sometimes it is necessary. It is
the American Dream that drives many to want to offer a better future for their family.
Ironically, you have to leave your family to provide them with a better future. Yet these same
immigrant families are imposed to live with fear in a country where their hard work and
presence is neglected. As a child of immigrant parents, I grew up with the struggle of equally
embracing the culture I was born into and the culture my parents grew up with. Being born
into a country where my other culture isn’t completely accepted is difficult but being able to
embrace these two cultures makes me a proud Mexican-American.
Kimberly Muñoz (BHSEC Queens)
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