This is my story about coming to this wonderful country called the United States of America.
I came to the USA in 1970 with my parents and brothers. I lived in a poor South American country. My father was a heavy duty mechanic working for the Ministry of Works and Hydraulics. He met an American of Mexican decent who came to my birth country to work with the government as an adviser on how to use the road equipment that the United States Aid had given to them. I have a Portuguese Surname which is much like a spanish one. He had to work with my dad alot and got to know him personally.
We went to their home for many American dinner celebrations like Thanksgiving. That was the first time I had ever had my own steak and did not have to share.
Our new American friend told us alot about America. He said – In your country I am a big fish in a little pond. In America- I am a little fish in a big pond. He suggested that my dad would be an asset to America because of his mechanical abilities. He started the legal papers to sponsor our family to come to America. It took one year for my dad to get the written approval to work in the United States of America. By then our American friend’s time had expired and he needed to come back to America. We were sad because we thought that he would go back and totally forget about us. God was good!!! He was given the opportunity to extend his contract for another year. We continued working on our paperwork to get permanent residency in the United States.
One of the prerequisites of sponsoring a person- The sponsorer must be financially stable enough that he can pay for the person to return to his home country if he cannot succeed in the USA. I have a copy of that letter in my presence.
My father, mother,four brothers and I came to America on June 5, 1970. We went to the main post office every December 31 to register with the American Govt. to let them know where we were. I am so disappointed with Americans who really do not realize how good America is. There are so many opportunities yet we wait for the Government to help us while we sit on our
butts and do nothing. Send them to my birth country for awhile and let them live the way I did and maybe they would change their minds. I am a US citizen now.
I became a citizen in 1977. I finished high school and went on to college and got my degree in Accounting. I have 2 children and one of them is getting her Masters degree in taxes. – America!!! what a country!!! We can have all races but let’s do it the right way. Let’s come in the front door. Pickiting does not help. Illegals should realize where they came from and why they came here. If it was to better themselves then they should show the country that they can make it prowd of them by obeying our laws and adapting to the American life.
- Gary Jacqueline Lane