Denison student Ivanna Salgado "speakout" on immigration
Ivanna Salgado '18, is an American citizen, but her mother is not. In an OpEd on “Truthout,” she explores “Why We Must Fight for the Security of 43 Million Immigrants.”
“My mother and I immigrated to the United States in 2000. She brought me here so that I would have access to a decent education, the kind of education she couldn't afford to give me in Mexico.
“But the United States was not the paradise we imagined it would be. We were welcomed by discrimination, a lack of resources, and intense poverty. There were times we did not have anything to eat, and I was forced to just sleep my hunger off. Other times my mother would feed me while she went without. One time my mother and I were kicked out of our apartment house in the middle of the night during a snowstorm because my mother had run out of money. I was 6 years old.”