The US-Mexico border has seen gloomy faces and trembling hands as many Mexican immigrants passed by the boundary in search for a peaceful life. Likewise, America's airports have been brimming with people from the Middle East as they escape escalating issues like war, political tension, and social injustices.
"My father was a bracero. He suffered a lot," many immigrants have voiced out their stories in the portal My Immigration Story to call out for the public to do away with the anti-immigration policy. A certain Graciela, wrote that her family went to the States where her mother cleaned others people's homes and ironed other people's clothes.
Lucy has another story as well. She brought her daughter, Linda, to the States from Mexico in an attempt to find a doctor that would operate on her daughter's crushing spine. They went overboard with their one-year humanitarian visa and are trapped in New Mexico. There was a specialist four hours from where they were, but that would mean crossing illegally to the border. Once caught, they have to be deported back to Mexico and lose access to medical assistance.
"She was in pain," Lucy told Buzzfeed. "Two parts of her spine were basically folded, but we couldn't cross the checkpoints and had to cancel the appointment." Five months later, Lucy and her daughter sought treatment in Texas, which is accessible without crossing the boundaries and running into some trouble.
Even families affected by the Iran-Iraqi war fled from their home country and sought refuge in America where they can find new jobs, schooling and even a place they can call home. But now, their situation had become a lot harder, especially when the Trump administration placed travel bans and the order to have the border wall enforced.
There are calls in which the president wanted to boost security by hiring a total of 5,000 Border Patrol agents and 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The My Immigration Story held memoirs of people, immigrants, and activists over the lives of individuals crossing the states for a better future.