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My parents came to this country for — what else? — a better life. My mother had to drop out of high school in 9th grade to help support her parents and siblings. My father had all of his formal education in Portugal and therefore could not speak or write English at the time. The only jobs available to them were factory jobs, which they happily worked for well over a decade before they both lost their jobs. My mother got her GED and became a phlebotomist. My father works construction. They both work 6 days a week to put me through school. I want to be a teacher and a writer — neither of these prospects look good money and stability-wise. My mother makes less money now than she did as a high school drop-out and my father works through poor health and injuries (including a nail going through his hand and broken ribs at two different points in time) just so they can struggle to make ends meet.
We pay our taxes and do everything by the book, and where has that gotten us?
We are the 99%.