I was unexpectedly approved to travel to my birthplace and I am raising money because the travel dates must happen before November, 11. I am currently a full-time student and I need some help! (Read more below)
Unexpected paths appear every day and it’s up to us to decipher which ones we embark on… an unexpected path I had discarded a long time ago has suddenly emerged in front of me and I am ready to not only follow it but to run immediately towards it. And I need your support for it.
When I came to these lands in 2005, my fourteen-year-old brain did not know that meant letting go of all the other lands that nurtured me and witness my childhood. I have been living as "undocumented" w/ DACA (since 2013). So here I am, with advance parole approved thanks to wonderful people (Micki & Nubia), wondering, what it would be like to engulf in the same lands all over again. How will it feel to be in the presence of something I had let go of? Everywhere I go I must wonder, What is a home? Where can it live, besides the back of my fourteen-year-old brain that wonders why grandma stayed behind? If you know me well, you know I loved grandmother more than anything else, her lessons are much clear these days, I miss her so much. For the first time in a long time, I get the chance to potentially breathe in her essence.
All my grandparents were alive when I left, that is no longer true. In a way, this trip becomes a grief tour, one that is necessary.
My advance parole got approved unexpectedly after a failed attempt to do research in Kenya earlier this spring. I have until November 11 to visit my loved ones and return. That is such a short period to plan, travel, and return. But that is how the terrible immigration system works in this country and I am forced to participate in it, in order to get a piece of what it was like to exist before I knew these systems.
I plan to travel to Veracruz sometime in October, I realize I have asked for support before and here I am asking again, this time, however, it means something else, something not more, not less, just hugely different. I appreciate your love and support, if you have any experience traveling with advance parole, please chat with me and share your story if are willing to.
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