In 1994, my mother immigrated to the United States with her two small children – my brother and myself – in search for a better life. We settled in a small town in the suburbs of New York and began our new life. As a kid, I remember going through the cultural, financial, and language barriers that many of you face today. I also remember going through the immigration process, fearing the uncertainties while dreaming about the possibilities. We were very fortunate to eventually become lawful permanent residents. I was finally able to go after my American Dream.
I went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Hunter College and finally start my career as a public school teacher. I then graduated from Fordham Law School, passed the New York Bar, and started my legal career.