My parents immigrated from China and Vietnam in hopes of providing a better life for the children they desired. My dad first immigrated from Vietnam on a boat to work for a number of years in order to sponsor my mom’s immigration around 1991. Because of all of the hardships my parents endured, my birth in the United States (as well as my younger sister’s) was the first step towards their dream. To this day, my parents work hard in a middle-class, though low-wage restaurant business in order to support the education they want to provide for my sister and me. I am now a college student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and my sister is a senior at Eaglecrest High School applying to Harvard College and Stanford University. But, my sister and I would not live the lives that we are living today if my parents weren’t allowed the opportunity to immigrate to the United States.
About 5-10 years ago, my parents went through many immigration processes in order to sponsor for my grandparents to immigrate into the United States from China, but because of the extensive process, my grandmother died about three months before Immigration Services approved my grandparents’ immigration forms. My grandmother was not allowed the opportunity to experience the great American life that her daughter earned for her, and my grandfather began getting a bit delirious when he got to America due to her passing.
My parents are also currently trying to sponsor my aunt, uncle, and cousin to immigrate from China into the United States. There are so many cultural differences that my family from China just do not understand, and I just want the chance to be able to share all of that with them (partially because I could not do so with my grandmother). Unfortunately, it has also been an extensive process for them to immigrate as well. I fear that such an extensive and difficult immigration process will not allow all many families like mine from China to experience the wonderful life that America offers such fortunate people like myself.