I was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and moved to the United States when I was five year old. I am now a naturalized American Citizen; however, two countries claim my heart. I am proud Paraguayan-American.
The harsh realities of immigrating to the United States over the past couple of years has forced families to break apart in many ways due to necessity, early in my childhood this reality was no different for me. In order to build me a better future, both my parents were forced to leave me home in Paraguay for a number of years in order to secure a livelihood and to be able to afford to fly me to the U.S. They struggled and sacrificed as undocumented immigrants working their way ultimately to fully fledged United States citizens.
I see Paraguay as my roots, my culture and my history but I also see all the work my parents have done to ensure that their children were included as citizen in the United States of America.
I see the United States of America as a promised land that provided me with my education, unlimited opportunities and my life.
Not too many Paraguayans migrate to the United States so most of the time when people find out I am from Paraguay, it is followed with a comment like, “Wow, you are the first Paraguayan I have ever met.” Paraguay is a small and understated country with beautiful and proud people with distinct food, music and traditions. My parents had a good life in Paraguay with careers, land and a loving family but they wanted more for themselves and their daughter. Paraguayan immigrants are less in the United States compared to so many other Hispanic and Latino countries but when they do arrive on American soil they have the same fears and struggles as any other foreigner. Eddy and his family are from Puerto Rico a commonwealth of the United States and they do not understand the fears of deportation and difficulties many immigrants of any nation face while fleeing hunger, oppression or other domestic struggles at home.
I am my parents’ American Dream fulfilled.
I graduated with a Masters in Communications and had countless opportunities like visiting The White House last year. I am so excited to announce I was selected as one of the 2013 Top Latina Influencers by Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) I leave my darling family as I head to The United Nations in New York City to meet with top Secretariat officials on important topics like Immigration and the future of the United States.