It’s Not Going to Change Who I Am
Irakere was two years old when his parents brought him to the United States from Mexico. They settled in Illinois, where his parents worked first in restaurants and then in factories. They prized education and encouraged Irakere and his sister, Kitzia, to work hard and study. It wasn’t until Irakere applied for a driver’s license that he realized his immigration status might affect his ability to pursue his dreams. In 2012, Irakere received protections from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and was able to attend law school. He now works as an attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center. He proposed to his wife, Arianna, in a Story Corps booth, where his proposal and her acceptance were preserved for future generations.
University of Illinois Diploma
Law School Diploma
University of Illinois Shirt
Illinois Bar Association Card
Since most of these objects belong to you, is there anything you’d like to ask your parents about their lives?
What lessons or ideas do these objects communicate that you hope your children will carry through their lives?