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Alex: Exiled From Home

I was born in Cordoba, Veracruz. I was raised in Beaverton, Oregon. All I've ever wanted was to study, to get the education that my parents risked everything for me to get. I moved to Oregon when I was 8. I attended Barnes Elementary School, Meadow Park Middle School, Sunset High School, and Portland Community College. I too was undocumented. Because I got in trouble at the DMV, I accepted a voluntary departure and have been living in Mexico since December 2009. I turned 24 years old this past May. I consider myself an American because that is all I know. Even being in Mexico for over a year, it is still difficult for me to get used to life here. It is a BIG culture shock, and I miss my family, my friends, and most of all, my home.


from Alex
submitted to Define American on June 28, 2011 at 16:47

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