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Jaimie E. M.

Haiti - USA

26, Law Student
Silver Spring, MD

In an ultimate feat of courage, my mother made the decision to leave everything she knew to come to a foreign land. If I am anything today, it is because I am a product of immigration. Many of us will never know the hardships and difficulties our parents faced; but we honor their sacrifices by contributing to society and striving to do good things. My mother left her home to make America our home, and that choice has made all the difference.

Why did your family come to the United States? My mother lived during the "Duvalier Era" in Haiti, which was described as a time of terror, oppression, and death. My mother came to America and had my two sisters and me. She wanted her children to have the opportunity to be and become whatever we wanted.

What would the U.S. be missing out on if you or your people were banned? FLAVOR! Haitian people are an eccentric blend of African, French, Spanish and Taino roots. To ban Haitian people would deprive the U.S, of amazing food (sooooo good), culture, and music. Haitian food is an expression of love; it is shared with a smile and given generously.