I owe the state that I am in now, to my ancestors who decided to migrate to the United States. Both

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I owe the state that I am in now, to my ancestors who decided to migrate to the United States. Both of my parents are immigrants. My father is from Guatemala and my mother is from Nicaragua. All my life I have been closely related to my Guatemalan heritage because most of my father’s family is in Los Angeles with me. As a child I always bragged about being a Chapin, the nickname for Guatemalans. One story is always in the back of my head, the story of my mom fleeing Nicaragua. My mother lived a good life in Nicaragua. My grandfather was a wealthy business man and owned many houses. They always had the top of the line technology in their household. My mother and her little sister were the first kids in their block to have color television.…show more content…
For two weeks my mother did not see her father. The government knew why he went to America and kept a close eye on him. Many threats were brought upon the family. In addition to the phone being bugged, they received a call that if they attempted to leave the country, they will be killed. My grandfather never left his two daughters alone. Whenever they took him away, they were left with the neighbors for protection. He would be gone for two to three days at a time. My mother was nearly kidnapped. The only reason they were saved was because the maids of the house came out and started hitting the men. She was unable to walk the streets or go to the market. Many families had to flee because many people were being killed. Children of the military were escorted to places and teenage boys of the family were being slaughtered. The families were either fleeing to South America, Spain, or the U.S.A. A day before they left, he told his daughters that they we going to leave the country. My mother did not want to leave to America but rather with her friends to South America. It was ideal to take refuge in the United States because as children my mother and her sister went to there and already knew English. For my grandfather being a business man his excuse was that he knew the American economy and not South America’s. If it was not for my grandfather being wealthy he would not have been able to pay his way out of Nicaragua. Another

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