The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund has recently featured this Children’s Aid story about Carmen Cruz, a native of Cuba, and how she received help replacing her original citizenship papers. Below is an excerpt from the original article.
It took all of three hours for Carmen Cruz to decide to leave her homeland behind in exchange for a new life in the United States.
It was June 1991, and Mrs. Cruz was visiting her daughter and granddaughter in New York, on her first trip out of her native Cuba. Her daughter had fled during the Mariel boatlift in 1980, and a decade later devoted a year’s efforts and extra earnings toward persuading the Cuban government to let her mother leave the country for a visit. To prepare, Mrs. Cruz, who had never flown before, took puddle-jumper flights between cities in Cuba, squeezing her eyes shut during every takeoff and landing, whispering to herself, “I’m going to die, I’m going to die.”
New York City’s bustle amazed her — “I loved the freedom,” she said.
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