Since the first day, March 10th, we’ve had prayers recited before us by a variety of faiths and beliefs. I cannot explain the overwhelming feeling I felt during those precious moments. It was amazing to see the unity in these congregations. All I can say is that each blessing was incredibly enchanting and gave me spiritual strength, something that I did not expect to get from this walk.
California is a place of open minds and hearts. I had few expectations before we started this walk and was completely surprised by how many strangers were willing to understand the importance of the DREAM Act and received us into their homes. During our speaking engagements I am always the one to show my emotions when I share my story, my family’s story. I am reliving those painful moments in the past when I believed that half of my family was going to be separated from me because of a selfish act by my former brother-in-law. I was ready to accept my fate by dropping out of college at the age of 19 to provide for my younger siblings. The other walkers and I have been told how strong our stories are, and how we’ve reached people’s hearts as we freely exposed our emotions during the presentations. Afterwards, we call our audience to action.
The welcoming environment in this beautiful state boosted my motivation to face the challenges up ahead in our journey.