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Familia Agustin, Guatemala


Husband: I grew up in a very poor family - very poor. My mom told me that we would eat an apple a day and sometimes nothing but water. There were six in the family. My parents do not have a profession. They worked in the fields but there is no work in the lands where we grew up - the land did not give much product to live on. My brothers immigrated to the United States. At that time I married my wife. We got married when I was 18 and she was 17. My brothers told us to come to the United States or else we would end up becoming extremely poor. We decided to come. My wife was pregnant with our first daughter.


Wife: I arrived in Worthington on May 5 and the next day I gave birth. Thank God I arrive in the days that my daughter was born. It was something incredible. After what I suffered on the road and the time it takes to come to the United States, those senses and thoughts went away when I saw my daughter for the first time. We started another new life thinking that this country had everything. We thought it had everything for us but no. We have to fight in this country to have a little of what we can have. And what this country does have, we work a little and it takes away from us. I was very happy when my daughter was born but it was also sad because I was young. I was 17 and I did not have my mom. The brothers of my husband were excellent with me but I needed the care of my mother, the presence of my mother.


Husband: Life is hard for the immigrant here in this country. In this country any sick person who has a social security can ask the state for help. We, immigrants, are not worth it because we ask for help here and there, but we get no help. We were denied insurance and other things that help us survive.


Wife: I have taken this country as my home - my second home because I have been living here for 14 years. It is the other land that God has given me to be able to live. I do not know until when we will be here, only He knows. We have been through many things and here we continue to live.

Esposo: Yo crecí en una familia muy pobre--demasiado pobre. Mi mama me contaba que pasábamos comiendo una manzana al dia y aveces nada pero agua. Eramos seis en la familia. Mis papas no tienen un profesión. Ellos trabajaban en el campo pero tampoco hay para trabajar en las tierras donde nosotros crecimos--la tierra no daba mucho producto para vivir. Mis hermanos se inmigraron. En ese tiempo yo me case con mi esposa. Nos casamos cuando yo fui cumpliendo 18 y ella 17. Mis hermanos nos dijeron que si nos veníamos para los Estados Unidos o nos vamos a hacer pobres muchachos. Entonces decidimos venirnos. Ella estaba embarazada con nuestra primera hija.



Esposa: Yo llegue en Worthingotn el cinco de mayo y al siguiente dia di luz. Gracias a dios yo llegue en los dias que nacio mi hija. Fue algo increíble. Despues de lo que sufrí en el camino y el tiempo que dure a venir a los Estados Unidos se me fueron esos sentidos y pensamientos cuando vi a mi hija por primera vez. Empezamos otra nueva vida pensando que este pais tenia todo. Pensamos que tenia todo para nosotros pero no. Tenemos que batallar en este pais para tener un poco de lo que tiene. Y lo que hace esta pais pues le trabajamos un poco e igual nos quita. Fui muy feliz cuando mi hija nacio pero tambien fue triste porque si era joven. Tenia 17 y no tenia mi mama. Los hermanos de mi esposo eran excelente conmigo pero hacia falta el cuidado de mi mama, la presencia de mi mama.


Esposo: La vida es dura para el inmigrante aqui en este pais. En este pais cualquier enfermo que tenga seguro social le pide ayuda al estado, aqui y alla y nosotros nada. Nosotros los inmigrantes no valen porque pedimos ayuda aqui y alla y no hay. Nos negaron aseguranza y otras cosas que nos ayuda a sobrevivir.


Esposa: Yo he tomado este pais como mi casa--mi segunda casa por que ya llevo viviendo 14 años aqui. Es la otra tierra que Dios me ha dado para poder vivir. No sé hasta cuando, solo Él sabe hasta cuando vamos a estar aqui. Amos pasado muchas cosas y aqui seguimos.

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