My American Dream

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I was born and raised in the United States but my family was not born here, they came from an area south of Los Angeles, Mexico. In the border between the United States and Mexico, many immigrants have lost their lives attempting to achieve their promise dream. Many immigrants who cross the border pursue the American Dream. My family was one of the many immigrant families who attempted and fortunately succeeded in crossing over the border. My father’s family originated from Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. Many families just like mine risked their lives attempting to not only get to the border, but to cross it as well. My family did not differ much from the other immigrant families who sought to achieve economic stability and prosperity here in the United States. I believe just as my family came from Mexico to the United States for more opportunities to achieve economically, so did many other families who were affected by the economic depression in Mexico during the 20th century. My father’s side of the family is from a very poor and dangerous urban community in Guadalajara. My father was born in January 1975, the eldest son, of a Catholic couple in Mexico. At the age of thirteen my father had three younger siblings the age of nine, seven, and one. At the time, Mexico’s economic situation suffered a horrific depression. The living conditions in Mexico were miserable and just like the rest of the community and the entire nation, my father’s family lived in extreme poverty. Many children in Mexico, including my father, dressed in used hand-down clothes and played soccer in the poor streets. My father lived in extreme poverty because my grandfather did not have a good paying job due to “economic and political decisions made”(Cleavela... ... middle of paper ... ...ra, Calif: Abc-Clio, 2013. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 24 Feb. 2014. P.1124 Cleaveland, Carol. "‘In This Country, You Suffer A Lot’: Undocumented Mexican Immigrant Experiences." Qualitative Social Work 11.6 (2012): 566-586. Academic Search Complete. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. Cullen, Robert B., Joseph Harmes, Rich Thomas, Richard Ernsberger, and Joseph Contreras. "Mexico Slips Into Reverse." Newsweek 17 Mar. 1986, United States ed., International sec.: 34. LexisNexis Academic. Web. 22 Feb. 2014. "Demography: The Gain before the Pain." n.d.: n. pag. The Economist. The Economist Newspaper. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. . Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, Barrie Thorne, Anna Chee, Wan Shun Eva Lam Social Problems , Vol. 48, No. 4 (November 2001) , pp. 572-591
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