How My Family Changed The United States

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I never truly thought about how my family had come to the United States. I assumed someone in my family, long ago, had decided that they wanted better for themselves and their family and had decided to come to the United States. It did not become a big deal for me until I found out that those people, who wanted better for themselves and their family, were my grandmother and grandfather. Up until then, I always took my citizenship for granted. I believed that being born in America was one of my natural rights that no one could take away when in reality it was a blessing and a privilege given to me by my grandmother and grandfather. I was born into a peaceful community, full of love and passion. Whereas my grandparents were born in a town…show more content…
My grandmother was extremely scared to cross the border. She had heard stories about people crossing the border and getting caught. She was one of the eldest daughters in the family, so she had her little brothers and sisters to look after. Because of that, she could not afford to get caught. However, she knew this was something she had to do and she was willing to do anything to protect her family. Her eldest sister decided to stay back to make sure everything was fine at home while my grandma tried to make it into America. My grandma decided to take her cousin with her since she did not want to go alone and she knew he would protect her if she needed it. She told us, her grandchildren, that she does not remember much for that morning that she was leaving because she was so nervous, but she did remember meeting her coyote, along with several others, in a rundown shack not far from her town. He told them to make sure they had water and then they would be on their way. Her palms were sweating and she was breathing fast. She kept thinking how her family would be if they lost her or what she would do if they got caught. She looked up to the sky and said “Dios cuidanos”, and then they began their journey.
She said there were 6 people total in their group, including her and her cousin. Two men who looked like they were around 30 years old, most likely brothers. A pregnant 25-year-old woman with her 10-year-old son, my grandma and her cousin. She
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