- Posted July 2, 2014 by
San Leandro, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your immigration stories
I Want to Serve
I was born in Sinaloa, Mexico to nothing. My parents broke the law and brought me to the United States three months after birth. I acknowledge that they were wrong in breaking the law, but I will forever be grateful to them because thanks to them, I’m an American. I know you do not see it that way but I do.
I remember the first time someone told me that I wasn’t an American. I was about a 10 years old, about the age that you start telling people you want to be a cop or something. Well, my parent’s were happy to tell me “You can’t, you need papers for that.” I had no idea what they were talking about, so they explained that I wasn’t born here, so I couldn’t do certain things. They had a list of examples ready. I understood what they meant and I tried not to care, but I still wanted to join the coast guard. That was my dream.
Then, my dream grew as I did over the years. I learned about the crisis around the world. I read about the dedicated men and women serving for our country. It makes me want more. I honestly believe that I would be a great soldier. There’s no way to show you but to try.
A few weeks ago I thought my dream was coming true. I had received my C23 Visa and I thought I finally had “papers.” A few months later, I went to enlist but was denied. I had papers, but not the ones they needed. I needed to be a permanent resident. I had something else, that could let me study and work. But I couldn’t enlist. Again I realized even though I knew I was an American, but technically I wasn’t.
America is the only home I’ve ever known, and I would like to die defending it. My life has grimm prospects. I am not the smartest, or the most talented and therefore a meaningless job which does nothing for my life but keep a roof over my head is my only option. I want more. I want to attend United States Military Academy at West Pointin order to become a valuable and educated member of our military. I want to do something valuable with my life.
I want to serve.
- My life