Gian Trotta

Gian Trotta

Weston, FL

Most of the people I know are aware that I’m moving. Some people think I’m moving to Ohio, others know the actual story.

When I was ten years old my mom and dad decided to move from Venezuela to the US. We originally moved to Ohio but after a while we moved down here to Florida. We’ve been living in the same house since. As I have come to understand my parents came here with a work visa but, because of the economy, any company that they tried to start up wouldn’t do so hot.

In May of 2009 our work visas expired and we were denied the option to renew them. Originally thinking we were going to have to go back my parents kept pulling new visas to wait it out until we applied for asylum, meaning we asked to stay in the US as refugees because we felt that in Venezuela we were in danger. After a two year battle in court we were denied the right to stay and were given two options. We could appeal the decision and maybe buy ourselves anywhere between a few months to a year or we could accept the judges decision and agree to “voluntary” deportation. The judge made it clear that if we appealed ultimately we would still get denied and in that case we would be penalized as illegal immigrants and deported but if we agreed to “voluntary” deportation we would receive no penalties and at the end of the day, we could attempt to come back. We agreed to the terms and were given until January 31st to leave “voluntarily.”

In August of 2011, the Obama administration requested that any “low priority” immigrants were given deferred action. According to our lawyer that means that any immigrant without a criminal record, that has lived here for at least 6 years, and is not illegal should be granted permission to stay in the country. By definition, that’s my sister and me. We have both lived here for 10 years without a criminal record. I graduated high school, she is still in high school, and neither of us were ever illegal immigrants thanks to our parents. So we applied for deferred action and in the court we were denied but we sent a request to Washington. We are still to this day waiting for an answer. In eight days I will have to return to a country that I no longer remember because the government hasn’t given me an answer. In my opinion, this doesn’t make any sense. I thought the US had issues with illegal immigrants taking jobs from citizens.

I thought they were supposed to reward LEGAL immigrants that did everything by the books to give their children a better future and not kick them out to return back to a dangerous place they don’t remember. I’ve been living here since I was ten years old. My life is here. Yet here I am, wondering what is going to happen in 8 days and asking myself how I’m going to come back if I do leave. This is the most nerve wrecking thing I’ve ever experienced and it’s still not over.

Frankly, if I get denied and have to leave I don’t know what I’ll end up doing with my life. Because getting back in is a lot harder than people think. If I get a yes, I will be moving to Ohio to live with family I have up there. I will apply to Cuyahoga Community College and I even have a great band waiting for me up there to join as their guitarist. Anyways, that’s what I’m dealing with and that’s why I’m moving. I guess it would mean a lot to me if people spread this around, who knows who could read it and help me out. I don’t have much time. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I’ll try to answer them the best I can. Thanks and God bless.

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