Hae Suk Lee

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Hae Suk Lee

Glendale, CA

My parents brought me to the US when I was 7 years old.

My father had a business visa, E-1, at the time and held that visa for a while. Around 1999, my father’s business failed and he lost his work visa, I was forced to drop out of my public high school and change my visa status to a F-1. This allowed me to stay in the country legally and also go to a public college by paying the non-resident tuition fee.

Today, I am 29 years old. I am a registered nurse working at a medical center, still looking for a hospital that may sponsor me. I have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and now I am planning to go for my graduate degree in nursing… but for what?

I am not any closer to getting a green card through work. I did EVERYTHING right, the way it is supposed to be done… legally. Yet nothing. I do not even have a voice… just one of the few individuals to fall through the cracks. At work, I have always given more than my 100% and I have literally saved COUNTLESS lives. Let me rephrase that, COUNTLESS AMERICAN LIVES. I just don’t understand how undocumented individuals can benefit so much from the Dream Act, but there is NOTHING for individuals like myself.

I am an American, I know nothing else. I only have specks of memory of the country of my origin and I can barely read/write the language. I am currently at the end of my ropes… I just don’t know what to do anymore.

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