Alfonso Oliveira

Alfonso Oliveira

Union City, NJ

All the American dream for me started even before I was born, in 1985 my dad came to live in the United States, (those times we didn’t had money to apply for a visa, first time he arrived in the United States was with a fake passport and a fake visa, one of his colleague’s land him passport and they just changed the photo), trying to make for my mom my family and me a future and a better life, he came back a year later in 1986 and 11 months later my sister was born one year after that in September, 9 1987 I was born, and once more, two months before I was concede my dad was gone once more to live in the United States (once more with the same fake passport) life in our country wasn’t easy and he couldn’t make it. He returned to America to give us a better life, the first words I learn as a kid was DAD and he wasn’t there to listen for me crying and calling for him at night. 1990 he came back and once more as a family leader he was succeeded as well our life. Fact I wasn’t born in the United States, but even before I was born, our tax, house, food and life were paid with us dollars. 1994, July 24th I was diagnosed with Leukemia, me and family had a really trouble for eight years with my treatment, our city didn’t had the support for a Leukemia patient my treatment center was 200 miles away from my home and we need to do the drive every time I had any complications. 2004 my dad apply for his first visa and it was granted and he came back once more to the United States, my healthy issues really made a big hole in the economy situation of the family. 2005 my father came back again once more from the United States we open or business and everything doing fine, and once more healthy problems on the way I was diagnosed with Pneumothorax (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumothorax), 2006 all healthy issues are just past in my life, with all the problem I had I look back and had no childhood, all I had in past experiences was sick in a hospital bed for most of 10 years of my 24 years of life. How could I look back and have good memories? This is when I decided to come here, leave all the bad thoughts and past in the past and start all new. I’ve been paying taxes and living as everyone around does, wishing a better tomorrow, I want to go to college here be someone, but how? With all this broken law’s. United states are formed by immigrants and that’s all, they just need to realize this, if they legalized half of the population that live in the shadows here and make everyone pay taxes and fix they immigration issues they will raise a lot of money and better living, but we keep living in a wait for a better tomorrow. I got married for the green card, meet a friend and would do the process we get married, but right in the moment to fill out the forms and go ahead with the process I thought twice and if I want to start from the zero and right that would be the first wrong step I would be doing so I gave up, sign the papers for the divorce and still living and waiting for the tomorrow to come. Five years here and still thinking it can happen, I just don’t want to look back and said I didn’t try, but even if I failed I can look and always be sure that at least I tried. Thanks for giving us hope Jose, and if there’s something anything you need that I can help somehow I will be more than happy to help you, even with that ride!

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