Immigrant Stories Project
By: Laura Herrera
What did you learn from the immigrant stories presented (and others you may be aware of)? What were the major similarities and differences?
What are some of the reasons people decide to leave their country of origin?
What are the different challenges one might experience coming to the United States as a child, teenager, and young adult? Is there an age at which it might be easier or more difficult to make such a life change?
Some challenges are that when a child or teenager immigrates into the United States, they might not have the documents they need, and this can affect their life in the future. For example, Jose Torres-Don immigrated with his family to the United States when he was 4 years old. When he grew up, he wasn't able to qualify for any of the jobs he applied for because he didn't have the documents he needed.
I think it is easier to make a life change when you are younger because it won't affect you very much. If you are older and you make a life change like that, then it will be harder for you to adjust to the new country since you are adjusted to where you lived perviously. When Lazardo Garcia and Jose Torress-Don immigrated to the United States when they were very young, they were able to make a big life change such as immigration to a new country. They were able to adapt and get used to the new country since they grew up in it.
How does immigration affect family structures? In what ways are families reunited and separated?
Immigration affects family structures a lot. Immigration can either tear away a family member from its family, or reunite them with their family. Families can be separated by a family member being deported from the country. For example, Mary Davison's husband was deported, and that affected her deeply since her son will have no father.
Some ways that families can be reunited is if one member of the family immigrates to another country and if they get enough money, the rest of the family can immigrate to where he or she is. They can also be reunited if the whole family moves together to a new country.