Personal Narrative: My Journey To The United States

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What makes a place special? What makes a country special, unique, different? The unknown has always been an interest to me, undiscovered, unventured. As a young girl, the United States of America was the unknown land for me. But after living here for nearly two decades, the wonder has faded and I have discovered the truth behind this once unventured land.

Coming to the United States to live had never been the plan. As a kid, the U.S had always been a place where I could see myself visiting, as a tourist. Never had I wanted to live here, not because of any particular reason but rather because Argentina was my home. But all of a sudden, my life, along with my children 's’ was turned upside down. With no notice, everything I had come to know in my twenty-six years of life was shifted. My journey to the United States began out of danger and confusion.

In the summer (winter in the southern hemisphere) of 2001, my family and I were on the run, for our security. All of a sudden, I was no longer a citizen of Argentina, but a refugee looking for a new home. The United Nations decided that our case was dependent on their assistance. Thus my family, three young children ranging
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After the interview and the approval from the immigration officer, my family and I needed to be cleared for customs. Though I had traveled before by airplane between Uruguay and Argentina before and inside of Argentina, these trips did not require a passport. Because we needed to fly to the U.S. the United States immigration office, proved each of us, with a special visa for air flight. These visa were essential to our first year living in the States, they were our only form of identification. But before we even got on the plane, the U.S. required each of us to go through a medical examination, this involved multiple vaccinations, though the exams were fast, they still were not something I was

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