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UACT members speak at Eastern Connecticut State University

November 05, 2015

On Thursday, November 5, two UACT Board members spoke to students at Eastern Connecticut State University about their experiences emigrating to the United States. Professor Christine McDonnell invited Patricia Rosas of Manos Unidas in New Britain and Amparo Cabezas of St. Bridget's in Manchester to her Anthropology class  at ECSU to discuss the trials and tribulations of immigration as well as the culture of being undocumented in America.

Rosas, who is originally from Mexico, described her reluctance to leave her native country but was convinced by her husband that their three young children would have a better life in the U.S. Rosas, who had to cross the desert with her children to enter the U.S. through California before settling in New Britain, has been in America for twenty years but still faces daily challenges including the inability to find steady work.

Cabezas, who hails from Ecuador, explained that she left a good life in her native country to give her two sons more opportunities for a better life in America. While that has become a reality, she says that life in America is still difficult because of her undocumented status.

The students were very engaged in the discussion and had many questions as well as their own insights on the current U.S. immigration system. 

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