Hey guys, my name is Laura.
And as many of you guys know, I'm an immigrant.
I'm originally from Venezuela and I'm going to tell you how
I got to the United States.
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So my parents divorced when I was one years old.
And so my mom went to live with my grandparents and my grandparents
house lived my grandma, my grandpa, my aunt, my cousin, my
other aunt and an uncle and then me and my mom.
So it was about eight of us living in a three bedroom house in
And that's kind of how I was growing.
My dad wasn't really paying my mom child support.
And so my mom started getting tired of that.
She's like, I don't want to raise my daughter living in a room
with three other people.
I want her to have her own room.
And so my mom got on the phone with my aunt that lived in Miami
and she's like I can't do this anymore.
I can't live in Venezuela.
Laura is growing so fast and I want her to have her own room and
my Aunt Diana was like, why don't you just come over to the US
See if you like it and if you like it, you can stay here with us
My mom went up to my dad and she was like, hey, I want to go to Miami
I want to visit my sister and I want to take Laura to Disney World
Can you sign this paper that it's ok with you that I take her
And he was like, oh yeah, take her to Disney World.
So she started like working for a year to get a lot of money.
And then one day she made me record a tape from my dad saying
how much I loved him.
And I remember this and I'd be like, ok, dad, I'm going to the
I'm gonna see you later.
My mom didn't tell my dad that me and her went to live in the US
So she technically kidnapped me.
So in Venezuela, when my dad calls my grandparents, he's like
hey, I'm going to pick up Laura, my grandpa's like, she doesn't
And my dad was like, what is that supposed to mean?
And my grandpa was like, she moved with her mom to the US and
my dad hung up the phone.
He went to my grandparents' house in Venezuela and he started
banging on the doors and he was like, where's my daughter where's
my daughter and my grandpa was like, you never took care of
Oh, you're screaming and crying now.
But when she was here, you didn't care.
That's how it works.
So, back in the US, my mom put me in a new school.
Thankfully, there were other immigrant Children with me
I had a friend, her name was Maria.
She was my first friend.
She was from Ecuador.
At first it was a little bit hard for me to learn the language
You guys remember I spoke the watch.
But eventually I learned English and I forced myself, I was
like, I don't wanna have an accent.
I wanna learn English like the Americans do.
Thanks to reading Rainbow.
Thank you reading Rainbow.
Now, I know I'm making my dad look pretty shitty.
But I mean, I'm kind of glad things happened the way they did
And my dad is still very much involved in my life and I love him
He gave me a car when I graduated college.
So he definitely made up for it.
My mom brought me to the US because so many amazing things have
happened to me here.
I became an actress.
I always say everything happens for a reason.
If I would be in Venezuela right now, I probably be a completely
I'd be in the middle of the crisis that's going on over there
What is your immigrant story.
Are you an immigrant?
How did you come here?
Did you get kidnapped by your mom?
Like, like I did kind of, my mom was ratchet.
I can't believe she did that.
But thank God she did let me know your stories and make sure
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