Anna’s Story: On November 4, 2015, I achieved my dream of becoming a citizen of the United States of America. My mom, sister and I immigrated to Aurora, Colorado from Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua when I was 10 years old. After a couple of months of adjusting to life in a big city, I realized that Aurora was my home, too. I enjoyed school and joined many extracurricular activities like orchestra and the school newspaper. After graduating high school, my immigration status became a road block to my future. Through perseverance and faith, I decided not to let this hinder my future. I decided to get a job at McDonald’s and worked very hard to be promoted into management.
In 2012, I became a lawful permanent resident and I was offered a job at Joseph & Hall P.C. as an Executive Assistant. To say I was thrilled is an understatement. After 15 years of being undocumented I would now get to work for people who not only understand my situation, but also help people like me. I felt then the same way I feel now, blessed. As I prepared for my naturalization interview I couldn’t help but think about the resilience that being undocumented gave me. I knew that my road would be hard but if I worked and stayed out of trouble I would find a way to stay here, legally. I am so proud to be Mexican American. I am proud to be able to participate in an election where my vote counts. I am proud to be free.
Anna’s JLF Attorney, Jennaweh Hondrogiannis: Like with the preparation of applications for my clients, helping Anna prepare for her naturalization interview was incredibly exciting. But, most of all, it was an honor. Anna came to the United States with her mother and sister when she was a child. Thereafter, she lived a normal “American” life. She attended school, excelled academically, and joined many extracurricular activities. Anna was steadfast in her commitment to leading a productive and successful life. All the while, her immigration status hovered over her and created insurmountable obstacles to her accomplishing her dreams. However, Anna has never given up. Her perseverance, optimism and faith is inspiring. Anna became a lawful permanent resident a little over three years ago and soon after started her job search. Much to our benefit, she found the Joseph & Hall P.C. where she has contributed as the Executive Assistant since.
The day of her interview, we were all nervous. Not because there was any reason to worry, but because it was such a life changing event for her – for all of us. I am proud that we can welcome Anna as a U.S. citizen because she is exactly the type of person that makes this country one of hope. Anna is hardworking, courageous and strong. She is dedicated not only to her own success, but to the success of her daughters, her husband, her family and community. I am honored to be her colleague, friend and fellow citizen.
Congratulations, Anna. We could not be more proud!
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