Iam Ivery, and I am half white half black. My father, who is ofMexican origin, was the first person to come to the United States inour family. My mother is an African-American. My father migrated tothe country in the year 1974 when he was 18 after completing hisundergraduate studies back in Mexico. He had undertaken a course insocial studies and the main objective to move to America was topursue a higher education. At the time, going for further educationin foreign countries was considered as a prestigious move, andhundreds of students scrambled for the opportunity every year.

Themain reason he did not prefer taking further studies in USA was thatthe country was considered as having better learning environment andjob openings.1He hoped to receive lectures in the ultra modern facilities. Heclaimed that migrating to U.S for higher education by then was rathera common practice2.His two former classmates were already in America pursuing theirdegrees in addition to an enormous immigrant population from Mexico.

Myfather maintained that the process of migrating to the country wasarguably streamlined. During the time, there was a smooth procedurefor applying for universities and colleges. There were also fewrestrictions when obtaining a student visa. Networking andcommunicating with those already in American proved to be aproductive affair. He states that the process was also easier becausehe arrived in the company of three other students who were headed toa different institution.

Headded that his past habit of watching American television programshelped him develop good English and get familiar with the Americanaccent. Communication with his family back in Mexico was complicatedsince the social platforms had not been adopted by the commoncitizens. Access to worldwide communication was also not affordableto middle-level individuals.

Immigrantsfrom Mexico were welcomed at the Silicon Valley. Upon being admittedto the Silicon Valley University, he joined the Mexican StudentsAssociation where the existing members helped him settle and copewith the education life. As an outgoing person, my father made manyfriends, both natives, and Black American. Immediately aftercollege, my father married an African-American woman much to thedisapproval of my grandparents. As he always reminds us, the AmericanSociety is diverse, and it presents one with a myriad of choices tomake. He defied all the odds to become the first person in the familyto marry a foreigner.

Myfather’s immigration experience was not without various hurdles. Hespent some of his time adjusting to life’s complexities. He, amongother foreigners, suffered discrimination, especially when it becameevident that thousands of people were entering the countryillegally.3He states that the flip side of his negative experiences due to worldpolitical events as well as their impact on life in the country wasthat they had opened up a world of development and learning. He wouldnot have had the privilege and opportunity of experiencing such ifhis parents had requested him to stay in Mexico.


Arizpe,Lourdes. &quotThe Rural Exodus in Mexico and Mexican Migration tothe United States.&quot In Migration,Women and Social Development,pp. 20-45. New York: Springer International Publishing, 2014.

1 Arizpe, Lourdes. (The Rural Exodus in Mexico and Mexican Migration to the United States.&quot In Migration, Women and Social Development , New York: Springer International Publishing, 2014), 2

2 Arizipe, 21

3 Arizipe 26