Manna and Mercy

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21. Jose's Story: Undocumented and Unafraid

Summary: José Perez was born in Mexico City but his dad lived in Alabama. He describes crossing the Rio Grande because there was no “right way” for him to come to America to join his father. He grew up thinking “I’m an American” but as he grew older he felt the stigma of being labeled “undocumented immigrant”. A school teacher told him, “You can be whatever you want” but Alabama’s Governor recently signed a restrictive law which “destroyed [immigrant] families” and their hopes and dreams. However José saw other immigrants model hope for him and now he calls on us to “look at us with your heart and not [just] your eyes.”

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