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Zahra H.

Pakistan-USA

30, Program Coordinator
Washington, DC

My parents immigrated to the united states from Pakistan in the early 70s. My father joined the United States army shortly after, which took my mother and him to various rural parts of the country, where they made a new home with a new community for themselves every few years. Upon sponsoring, relatives from both sides of my extended family eventually moved here as well. we are spread out all over the country, including in Illinois, California, Washington, Texas and Virginia.

Why did your family come to the United States? To secure a strong and stable future for themselves and their families.

What would the U.S. be missing out on if you or your people were banned? The opportunity to experience firsthand what the meaning of family is. as immigrants, it takes a lot of willpower and courage to be supportive of each other through thick and thin because of cultural differences, and our parents and grandparents have taken these challenges in stride to spend most of their lives contributing to the strength of their communities. also, our dinner parties should be featured on food network someday- we go all out, all the time!