Read these immigrant’s stories. It’s enlightening to here from first-hand experience.
Without a visa or a welcome, Juvenal Gamarra walked into the United States 21 years ago — hiking overnight through the mountains near Tijuana, Mexico — into a land of freedom and opportunity.
“One of my friends almost got bit by a rattlesnake,” the Peruvian-born Gamarra said, recalling his journey to cross the border into California. “The risks were many, but all I could think about was making it here.”
Like those of millions before him, his reasons for risking arrest and deportation — even death on the dangerous trek across the border — were well established: to escape economic hardship in his homeland and live the American dream.
Entering and staying in the United States legally isn’t a viable option for most unskilled foreign workers; the U.S. grants only a limited number of temporary visas. So they sneak across borders and typically live in the shadows.