Relationship: Child of im/migrant

My parents are the type of people to do whatever it takes for better opportunities in life. They are both from Trujillo, Peru and were raised there their entire lives until they were able to make choices for themselves. My mother and father both lived next to each other as kids and grew up together to end up wanting a way out of their neighborhood. Their neighborhood was filled with gang affiliation, drug trafficking, and poor living conditions. After living there for so long, they wanted to find better opportunities in the U.S. and they wanted to help their family as well through the biggest choice of their lives. My father was the first to move to California through his VISA for 6 months. After it expired he was able to stay in California legally through President Reagan's immigration act by working as a farmer. My mother then came to follow my father to California to start a new life and leave everything they had behind. At first it was not easy because of how they both did not know English so they had to work their way up by watching and listening to people on t.v. to try their best to understand the language. From that point on they searched for a full time job for almost a year. Eventually they found one that was well paid enough that they could go back to their country and bring their own families here. They decided to do that so they can provide legal opportunities for my brother and I as we were just being born. My parents don't regret their decision to move from Trujillo illegally because they would do whatever it takes for my family. 

Place(s): Peru
Year: 1983

– Brandon Romero

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant