“In 1985 my parents placed my sisters, age 11 and 13, on a boat to America by themselves. They could only afford those two spots. My sisters risked disease, rape and death. Their reward was freedom. ‘We gambled,’ he told me. ‘It was better to risk death for the chance at life.'”
On July 2nd, I was on vacation in Hawaii with my parents and a contact I had at CNN asked if I would write a short essay about immigrating to America. The deadline was in 24 hours. You can read the rest of what I wrote, alongside other firsthand immigrant accounts, on CNN.