I am not so sure it would be possible for my family to become a refugee during Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” presidency. I became a refugee during the 1956 Revolution of communist Hungary. My historical book called The Eleventh Arrow is based upon a true story of what it is like escaping your homeland from the oppression of communism.
In the 50’s the laws were the same as far as bringing people into the USA as it is today, but with the political climate we have today and our broken immigration system, chances are we the refugees of yester-year would have not gotten in. When we escaped during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the Hungarian people were hunted like animals by the Russians, trying to kill us before we would be able to leave our country. My family made their escaped to Yugoslavia by chance. Once crossing the border, guards took our family, (my mother, and father who were in their early 20s, me who was a 1yr old my brother was a 2yr old and my other brother was 4), to a refugee camp where we waited for two years before the American Red Cross helped us get into the USA. In the 50s you were allowed to enter the USA if you had sponsorship and since we had an Uncle who offered his help, that’s when we were allowed in. We went through Ellis Island and flown to reside with my uncle who lived in Topeka, Kansas. Unfortunately, my uncle was very old and was unable to handle a family of five with one baby on the way. Luckily, the people of Topeka Kansas heard about out plight and took us in as their own refugees. They helped us get established with a home, a job, furnishing, a car, and even toys for the young children.
After a tornado scare, the family decided it was too dangerous to raise children in Kansas, so we packed up the car and headed to California where we assimilated into the great American way. No one gave us Hungarian school to help us learn English. We had to learn that ourselves. My parents worked hard to make ends meet. They were never on welfare and never took handouts. After two years of living in California, my parents bought a home. That’s how hard they worked. To be fair, Donald Trump was not the one who broke the immigration system. It was broken long before he took office. I would love to see it fixed, so that others may enter this great country legally and have a chance to live the American dream. God Bless The USA!! If you would like to read or hear on audio, about the escape please go to The Eleventh Arrow audiobook and get your FREE trial copy there.. He is the link.
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