Thanks for sharing your story! Over the years, I have struggled to blend in as an American after I moved here at 11. I have blonde hair and blue eyes and I look like everyone else, but I wasn’t. I lived a normal life, I worked at Hershey Park with all the other teenagers, and I graduated high school with all my friends.
I went to college and only then was told in private to not get an underage because I will be deported. I was shocked! I didn’t event know I was an illegal till I went to college when I was dropped off for my first day, it sent a chill down my spine. I of course wanted an explanation. I moved here from Canada and didn’t understand how I didn’t have my papers. That up until then I had been lucky no one asked for my Social Security Card. That I applied to college and checked the box as an American and didn’t even know! Then my “normal” life wasn’t “normal” any more.
One day, I went to the movies with a group of friends and was told I couldn’t come in because I didn’t have an ID. I couldn’t get an ID with out my Birth Certificate, then my Passport, then my SS Card, then my ID and maybe some day my Drivers License. All these things I felt like at the time stood in my way of me. I just wanted to live my life, be a productive citizen, or just be normal.
Now, I am happy to say I am an American at 27 years old. I am a Director of a National Non Profit and just love my life and what I am doing. I still feel like I am holding this dirty little secret because I have gone under the radar, unnoticed, got lucky or lied. But I just know in my heart that I was an American the whole time and that it was just going to take me a little time! Everyone came to America from somewhere, so did I! Thanks again, take care!