Yenifer Mora

Yenifer Mora

Carpentersville, IL

Throughout my life, my parents have always said to me “EL dinero no es importante, pero si ayuda” “Money isn’t everything, but it does help”.

They came to this country roughly 20 years ago while my mother was pregnant with my older brother so they could give both him and their future children the life they were not able to have. Unfortunately, they came here as many other immigrants do- Undocumented. My siblings and I were lucky to have been born here, getting ten times the opportunities than my parents and other undocumented immigrants can only dream of.

People seem to forget the other half of the undocumented spectrum- The children born to undocumented immigrants. I live with the constant fear that one day one or both of my parents won’t come home. Although our opportunities are more than doubled because we were born here, we do not have the help at home that most other kids grow up with.

We have been in this world just about the same time as our parents have been in this country. So they are learning right beside us. Our parents can’t help us with 100% of our homework, they can’t help us choose a college, they can’t tell us what it takes to get IN to college. We have to learn everything on our own with no clue where to start. I’m about to enter my final year of high school. And I can only imagine how great my chances of getting into a good college would be if I had had the resources that other kids are born with. Although it is a blessing that I’m even getting the opportunity to go to college, I wish I had the same opportunities as others.

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