Sylvia Rojas

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Sylvia Rojas

San Diego, CA

I am currently an F-1 student who has been living in the United States legally since I was 5 years old. I came here with my family and although they are now permanent residents, I have moved from an E-2 visa to an F-1 throughout my life. I am currently classified as a “non-immigrant”. I have been struggling for many years with this issue of becoming a citizen and I am starting to become desperate. It’s very hard for me to simply tell my American friends what I am going through because none of them cannot relate. It seems hard for them to think I am not an American citizen because I certainly act like one. I admire your fight and want to be part of it. Please let me know how I can help. I thought of doing a documentary myself but don’t know where to start. This mission has much cause and heart. Let me tell you in a nutshell my story…

I am a young professional with a BA in Communication and Public Relations. I value integrity, responsibility and compassion. Sticking to the laws and abiding by them is what I have done my entire life. However, my life has faced injustice and continues to do so because my home (the United States) disregards me as an American citizen. Ever since I was 14 I have always wanted to work and contribute to this country who has given me so much. I have incredible potential and will power to join the work force. I have already had two job offers (my first being 3 days after graduating from Notre Dame) and the other a year later. Had to turn both down due to my situation and not getting the right paperwork on time. It is especially draining to have your dream job taken just months after being offered it. It is also especially hard to have to turn down a high paying job because of the legal status of my f-1 and the rules behind it.

I am currently back in school (again) even though I cry every month and hate myself for not doing what I mostly want to do: work. I just want to exceed my potential and work for a company that values my skills. I know I can bring so much to this country and companies around my area. It would be a dream to just be allowed to work anywhere in the Unites States (and not just school for 9 bucks an hour). That is my American Dream – to work for a PR company and live independently and have the kind of problems my friends have, instead of being worried of crossing the border and getting deported, or worse, going back to Mexico and living my life there. I don’t know anything about Mexico. I love the place but I don’t want to live there. I belong here in the United States.

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