Andres’ Immigration Story
April 29th, 2014 by Andres Arguello
I was born in Bryan, Texas. My parents moved there in the early 1980’s in their search for a better life. My father was forced to flee his home country of Nicaragua because of the political instability created by the communist revolution. My mother, a native Honduran, met my father on the beaches of Tola and 4 short months later they got married. Because of the ongoing issues in Central America, they knew that they couldn’t go back to Nicaragua to start their lives together, so they decided to come to the United States. They both sensed that it was the only place where they would be able to create the family they had pictured.
My father started a pest control business and my mother was a stay at home parent raising their 6 children. I lived in the College Station area until I was 5 years old. My parents worked really hard to provide a comfortable life for my siblings and me. We moved to Nicaragua once the political situation there settled.
I lived in Nicaragua throughout my primary and secondary education years. I later enrolled in law school motivated in part by the fact that both my grandparents entered the legal field, but also because of my urge to bring justice to those who needed it the most. Since my move to Nicaragua, I noticed the gap in the standards of life between people in the United States and the people in the country I was then living in. At such a young age, it was quite difficult for me to understand this, but I soon realized one of the biggest reasons of that problem.
I was 18 when I began clerking at a law firm full-time and attending law school full-time. As a law clerk, my job entailed going to public institutions to resolve a variety of legal issues for our clients. However, it quickly came to my attention that the kind of problems our clients had were the kind of problems that could only be resolved by making arrangements under the table. I realized first hand that corruption had intoxicated most (if not all) public institutions in Nicaragua, creating a great disadvantage for people with lower means. This was not justice.
I slowly began to feel frustrated with my calling as an attorney. But then I realized that perhaps I could help people with the same issues in a place where the field is even for everyone. I felt a tug to come back to the United States. Perhaps the same tug my parents felt when they realized that coming here was their best shot at happiness. I came back to my home state of Texas and enrolled in law school. I completed my legal education in 2 ½ years and now I’m ready to do what I’ve always wanted to do: help people achieve the justice they seek and deserve.
Immigration is sometimes an important tool for achieving your life goals. I know that first hand. The United States has created many avenues to invite people from around the world into the country and help them in their pursuit of happiness. If you or someone you know needs help exploring any of these avenues, please give Arguello, Hope & Associates a call. Our law firm has experienced immigration attorneys who are ready to help.
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