Family. That is the most important thing for Mari.* She starts each day with her children, doing chores around the house and feeling happy when her children are strong and healthy. As a good mother, she always wanted the best for her children and never wanted to be separated from them. But Mari gave birth to her first daughter in one of the most dangerous countries in the world where no matter how hard one works; one can’t make enough to live peacefully. It was impossible for Mari to have both things she wanted.
Feet tapping the floor, Liliana and her father danced a traditional Mexican folk dance to celebrate her wedding. This wasn’t the first time they’d danced it together. She’d grown up dancing with her father ever since she was a little girl. Probably since she was three years old. Dancing was one way that she and her father embraced their Mexican heritage.
With his hand raised, Efren swore an oath of allegiance to the United States. After 17 years as a permanent resident, he is happy to finally be a citizen of the country he calls home. His wife, who everyone calls “Chivis” is happy to be here with him. Together with Chivis’s son – who Efren has cared for and refers to as his own – they have made a home in the United States.