The following post was contributed by Sarah Harvard, SFL Campus Coordinator, for our continuing series on the Campus Coordinator program.
Like many families of immigrants, life was hard. My family and I had to live through phases of poverty, discrimination, and prejudice. My father immigrated to the US because he knew that there were no hopes of freedom in his home country and that America was the Promised Land for opportunity.
I have witnessed my mother and father working long nights to ensure that my sister and I would have food on the table and that I can continue on with my swim practices — in hopes of having their daughter receive a swimming scholarship for college. My father always told me that with honest hard work and perseverance you can make it in America. However, I’ve witnessed harsh regulations imposed on my family’s business. I have witnessed my mother and father talking until 3 am about how close they are to having their business shut down and how they’re going to afford my education. It was heart-wrenching, and because of it I vowed that I will do everything I can so that the state will never hurt innocent individuals.