#TBTRaíces – Throw Back Thursday With Raíces en Tampa


The following story is from our friend Juan. It is written in his own words! First in Spanish, then translated in English, at the end.

juan
“Hola buenas tardes!

Un poco de mi historia, emigre a los Estados Unidos en 1996; a los 17 años de edad. Soy del estado de Hidalgo, Mx. Mi meta era sacar a mi familia adelante ya que careciamos de agua, luz y otras cosas que en los Estados Unidos, son consideradas basicas. Solo teniamos 1 cuarto para una familia de 6.

El otro proposito que vine a los Estados Unidos era para juntar dinero y regresar a estudiar a la universidad. Queria ser ingeniero agronomo.  En esos tiempos las leyes de imigracion no eran tan severas, y tenia el privilegio de ir y regresar en cualquier momento.

Pero despues del 11 de septiembre 2001, todo se complico. Desde entonces solo he ido una vez a Mexico para visitar a mis padres. Los extraño demaciado, pero aveces hay que tomar deciciones a beneficio de nuestros hijos y darles la oportunidad de que tengan una mejor educacion.

Ahora ese es el motivo por el cual aun sigo aqui; por que el sueño que tenia cuando emigre ya lo cumpli. Saque a mi familia adelante, tenemos una posicion economica estable y muy pronto pienso regresar a la escuela. Quisas no para una carrera pero por lo menos ser un tecnico automotris.”

Juan vive en Clearwater por más de 18 años. Estamos muy contentos de compartir su experiencia en la Florida. Juan continúa luchando por las licencias de conducir y está trabajando en esta campaña en Clearwater!

Quédate con nosotros! Todos los jueves, Raíces En Tampa compartirá una experiencia migratoria de las personas que luchan directamente con nosotros.

#TBTRaíces
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“Hello good afternoon!

A bit of my story, I emigrated to the United States in 1996; at 17 years of age. I’m from the state of Hidalgo, Mx. My goal was to get my family together because we had no water, electricity and other things that in the United States, are considered basic. Our home had only one bedroom, for a family of 6.

The other purpose I came to the United States was to work and save money and return to study at the university. I wanted to be an agronomist engineer. At that time the laws of immigration were not as severe, and I had the privilege of going returning to the US at anytime.

But after September 11, 2001, everything became much, more complicated. Since then I’ve only gone once to Mexico to visit my parents. I miss them dearly, but sometimes you have to make decisions to benefit our children and give them the opportunity to have a better life than us.

Now that’s the reason why I’m still here; that dream I had when I trecked here was accomplished. Bring my family here, and now we have a stable economic position and I’ve even thought of returning to school. Maybe not for a career but at least to learn technical skills.”

Juan lives in Clearwater and has done so for more than 18 years. We are very glad to have him share his experience while living in Florida. Juan continues to fight for driver’s licenses and is working on this exact campaign in Clearwater!

Stay tuned!every Thursday, Raíces En Tampa will be releasing an immigration experience from the people fighting right along with us.

#TBTRaíces

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