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Kimberly S.

Colombia - USA

24, Budget Analyst
Washington, DC

Although my family’s story is a fairytale compared to those escaping religious persecution, autocracies, terrorism, or war, we all, as humans, deserve the same opportunity to succeed and help leave this country more tolerant than we found it.

Why did your family come to the United States? The similarity in both of my parents’ story is pretty remarkable.  Both families emigrated from Colombia in the mid-1970’s, during the violent growth of numerous guerilla regimes.  It was a tumultuous process arranging paperwork, flights, and housing for their families; which led both of my grandfathers to arrive first to prepare a new home and life in the United States.  After months (and at least a year for my maternal grandfather), both families would be reunited with their respective patriarch in New York.    

What would the U.S. be missing out on if you or your people were banned? Despite my shortcomings in the kitchen, a family that can cook amazing Colombian food and throw an amazing party (especially during soccer games).