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I Am An Immigrant – Voices

“When growing up, I felt like we always connected with the Irish. Everything I did even though I was here, was staying true to my heritage.”
Roxbury, NJ
My parents grew up in Ireland. My mother came here when she was 16 because both her parents had passed away and her uncle brought her to New York with her sister. My dad went to England and then came to America around 19 years old. They met at an Irish dance in Paterson, New Jersey. It was really hard for my mom because she didn’t have her parents and she was a waitress. She kind of felt like she was thrown into it like there was no place for her and that that’s just where she ended up. My dad wanted to go to college and get a degree and make a better life for himself. Because my dad was in business and banking, he became more Americanized quicker. He lost his accent and tried to fit in here where my mom never did that. She stayed more true to her culture when it came down to it. When growing up, I felt like we always connected with the Irish. Everything I did even though I was here, was staying true to my heritage. My kids too, more to keep my mother feeling like she belonged, I think my mother felt it a lot more than my dad did. It’s upsetting to me that President Trump has decided to end the DACA program. It’s not their choice and this is where they grew up and now they are being told they aren’t allowed to stay. I think some laws do need to be stricter on the way people come into the U.S. My parents came in legally and they both got their citizenship when they came here and I think people need to do the same by doing it the right way.
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