The Journey Stories of Undocumented and Unafraid Community Activists
Activistas de Immigración
Undocumented Journey– Stories of Migration, Family, and Schooling: Participant Profiles
I gently tugged on the white cord of my earbuds to release them from my ear cavity and stretch my arms above my head as my hands met in a prayer pose, trying to relieve my body of tension and exhaustion from sitting on my white wooden chair while conducting two back-to-back Skype interviews with participants in my identity study. I let my arms dangle, relaxed my shoulders, and breathed slowly and deeply as I reflected on the past few months of data collection. I stared at my pages of inked notes while I thought back to their journey-stories and muttered the words “too much” under my breath. As young children, had they seen too much? Have we asked them to grow up too fast as they face their lived realities as undocumented immigrants? The background of a journey-story often depicts the people and possessions that were left behind. I feel that these participants bear the heavy burden of carrying the hopes of others along with the pain that was endured during the crossing. They all left a familiar territory, language, and family for a promised better life. Yet, it was during their transition into the U.S. without legal status that they may have witnessed pain and trauma. I inhaled deeply, grabbed the purple ink pen, and wrote the question, “How much struggle and pain can one human endure before they can no longer endure?”
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