Members of the New York Justice For Our Neighbor Team (NY-JFON)
In the early 1970's I left my little Island in the Caribbean, Jamaica, to go to Toronto, Canada, for higher education and ultimately "a better life." I was able to obtain permanent residency in Canada, but felt vey alone there, since at that time there was not many black and brown people around--I was a young girl and very lonely. I had an uncle in New York and other members of my extended family, so I visited them in New York City. The first time I rode on the New City Subway and saw the diversity of people--black, brown, white, yellow--every color and race I began to cry. I felt at home! I saw people looking like me, talking like me! And so I decided to leave Toronto and move to New York City to live with my uncle in Queens. I did not have a "green card" so I came has an undocumented person. I had come to visit, but never went back because I felt at home in New York.
I would meet and fall in love with a young man from Jamaica who was a permanent resident of the USA--he had a "green card." We got married and that began my process of obtaining a "green card." It would take awhile, but thanks be unto God, it happened. It was a most joyous day when we received the "green card!' Together, we had a daughter and began to build a life in New York. We had a small piece of the "American dream" but that was enough to get us started. We worked hard--very hard, and was able to purchase a home in Queens. My husband was an electrician and made "good money" at the time. I worked and went to school to further my education, and have been able to complete a BA in Economics, MA in Economics, Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Divinity. I continue to work hard and was able to accomplish certain goals in the business world. I would become a CFO/Partner of a Software company, where I worked for many years. This afforded me some financial stability. I then answered my call to the ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church, and have pastored churches for the past 22 years.
Yes, the "American Dream" allowed me to accomplish all of this through hard-work, determination and the opportunity to came to America. I was also able to sponsor my Father, Mother, sister and brother to America, and they are hard-working, honest Americans who are thankful and blessed to be here.
During the time when I migrated to American, the process was much easier to file your immigration papers. Now it is very difficult, completed, and expensive to do so. BUT NY Justice For Our Neighbor (NY-JFON) does this for FREE for all our clients. There is a mother or father, there is a family, there is a boy or girl who wants to come to American to work hard and strive for a "better life"-- the "American Dream." Please help New York Justice For Our Neighbors (NY-JFON), help them! Thank you!