La Luz Real Life Stories

  • Vitalina

    About ten years ago I came to the United States from Michoacán, Mexico. I never wanted to come to the US. It was my father’s idea that life would be better for me. My sister lives in LA and is the only family I have in the US. My mother died in Mexico. I was saddened that I didn’t get to say goodby to her. Sonoma has been my home for almost 10 years. In 2003 or 2004 I found...

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  • Lucy

    I was born in Tepatitlan, Mexico and have been in the United States for 25 years. My husband first came to the US when he was 17. He worked in the apple orchards in Sebastopol. He was coming and going from Mexico to the US and then he got his papers. It took five years for my daughter Maritza and me to get our papers. My husband would work in the US for three months each year and then would...

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  • Emma

    I was born in Cuernavaca, Mexico and came to the US when I was 16 years old. I came with a Tourist Visa and stayed with my sister to learn English. I was supposed to go to high school, but I couldn’t speak English, so they put me in a special school for foreign speaking adults, and I was only 16 years old. I learned English because I was taking classes from 8:30am -3:30 pm. When they learned I was...

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  • Emily

    I was born in Sonoma and have lived here all my life. I’m now 18 years old. My parents emigrated here from Mexico. My dad came in the late 1980’s and my mom in the early 1990’s. My dad is now a US citizen and my mom has Permanent Resident status. One summer, when I was about 14, I started volunteering at Vineyard Workers Services. That was before they became part of La Luz. Maricarmen, my aunt, who works at...

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  • Maria

    Seventeen years ago I came to the United States. I was born in La Union Guadeloupe in Jalisco, Mexico. When I first came I was so lonely and homesick and missed my family. I had never left my hometown before. I got married to my husband the day I came to the US. I always waited for him. We had been boyfriend and girlfriend for many years. We lived in Southern California for 17 years, we had two children, and...

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