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