Alena Rojikova

Alena Rojikova

San Antonio, TX

I’m Slovakian, U.S. wasn’t my choice to raise a family, but once my husband was offered job here, I learned to make this country my home. We came with 3 little children ages 3, 2 and 9 months born in Slovakia. My husband is from Costa Rica, so I thought it will be fair to live in a neutral country, though I wasn’t really thinking long-term. While living here, we had 2 more children born here so we are in a real sense cosmopolitan family – Slovakia-Costa Rican-American. All got complicated when the company, my husband worked for, went bankrupt – suddenly we faced a tough choice – what to do. Do we leave when this country is a real home for all our 5 children, they did all their schooling here, have friends, pledge to U.S. flag, know English the best and don’t recall much from their birth country (the oldest 3). And if we leave, where? Where will be another neutral place for our multicultural family? To complicate it more our youngest one got diagnose with cancer and after surgery became a part of 2 years experimental study – around the time our visa was expiring. Unfortunately, because the immigration system is broken and doesn’t accommodate people like us we couldn’t fix our visa. With a heavy heart, knowing the difficulties facing us, we decided to stay – the main reason – our children and their life here. It is sad this administration now criminalizes people like us, decent people, who love this country. I know plenty people who cheated to get a green card, even citizenship and listening to them, how they bash this country and its people makes me really sad. They want to be here mainly for their own material benefit, not really to make this country better. To me, American is everyone who cares about this country, lives life to the fullest, reaches for their dreams, works hard and is honest and cares about making this country better place for everyone.

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