Wendy Carrillo: A Salvadoran Immigrant Story
For most teenagers, turning 13 is a right of passage, high school looms ahead with dreams of prom, boys and football rallies. For me, I learned the truth of my status and began to see the world through a different lens. We didn't leave El Salvador because we wanted to; we left because we had to. The choice was a simple one of survival.
The choices that followed that decision have been a trickle-down effect that occurred the moment President Reagan agreed to increase funding for the Salvadoran civil war.
This issue - American involvement in international affairs - is often missing in discussions on immigration. I would wager that most Americans don't know where El Salvador is or know how much money was pumped into its civil war.