Iveth Alfonso-Faulkner

Iveth Alfonso-Faulkner

Louisville, KY

I was 4 or 5 when we moved to the United States, I’ve been here so long (21 years) that it’s a very faint memory. I was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and after certain events (2 kidnapping attempts at me) my parents decided that my sister & I deserved a better chance at life so they gave up EVERYTHING and moved us to California.

When I say everything I mean from their jobs and college degrees (not valid here) to their most precious possessions because you can’t bring your entire life with you on a plane. I was lucky enough to come here on a tourist visa and didn’t have to cross the border. I lived in Cali for awhile and then we moved to Louisville, Kentucky and have been living here since. I recently married and because my husband is a US citizen I do have the chance to change my status but because he is the only one who can work we can’t afford it. I married him because he is my one true love & best friend so I will continue to be undocumented until we can pay for it.

This country is my home, my heart, my pride, my shelter, and yet my loyalty to the United States of America isn’t reciprocated. I was an honor student all through school, I held many leadership positions throughout my life, I received several scholarship offers all which had to be turned down, I was chosen as a student ambassador multiple times all which I had to turn down. I’ve done everything I was supposed to in order to succeed in life and I will continue to do so unti something changes! I call myself a LatinGringa because I am a latina de corazon, cuerpo, y alma but I have a bilingual mind. I love my carne asada but want cheesecake for dessert.

The multicultural young adults are the ones shaping this country! We deserve the love & loyalty we put out to be acknowledged and appreciated! We have grown up loving this country and pledging allegiance & all we are asking for in return is CHANCE! A chance to be productive members of society, a chance to further our education, a chance NOT to live in fear, a chance to be normal.

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