Nadine Persad

Nadine Persad

Jamaica, NY

My name is Nadine and this is my story. My parents brought me to the US at age 9. I grew up here, went to school here, worked here….this is the only place i know!. At age 18 i graduated from high school simultaneously along with practical nursing degree as it was a program the high school offered.

Since then ive been working as a practical nurse and i love every moment of what i do. My hope was many years ago that the dream act would have been passed and that i could return to college to pursue my RN degree. The colleges i tried to apply to all need proof of citizenship or legal status to attend (thus my dream is on hold for now).

Its hard watching other nurses ive worked with over the years futher their studies to get their RN degrees while i wait to do so. I work very hard day in and day out helping the sick, the hurt and the helpless. I feel this what God put me on earth to do and i love what i do very much. The kicker to my story is that every member of my immediate family are US citizens and im alone in this situation. Im thankful for their love and support but also feel discouraged by our immigration laws.

I choose not to marry for my papers, instead i want to marry for love. Its not in my religious belief that a union of two people is decided upon my right to stay in a country i call home. Sometimes i feel im being punished for following my good morality but then theres another side that reminds me how lucky i am different from the rest. Our lawmakers pace themselves at giving people like myself a chance to succeed not knowing how much their decisions affect our lives everyday.

Theres more to my story like when my father passed away in my country of birth i had no knowledge of his passing until 8 months after it happened….and even then i could not go there to pay my respects as i would face being not let back in the US. When i look back on this hurtful time in my life, i know that God knew if i did have the knowledge he died 8 mos earlier, i would have gotten on a plane no questions asked to go to my father’s funeral. Its so difficult the life and decisions we dreamers face…..but we do it everyday. I just hope that one day, i can visit my place of birth to still pay my respects to my father but can still also come back to the place i call home…….

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