58 letters on the American Dream from San Marcos University students, San Diego, California, USA
letter 37: Ray Jugao


1. My parents have immigrated to the United States in 1985 and had legally been naturalized as US citizens. They had gone through the process easily as my dad was in the US navy. They had originally come to Florida first, where my brother and I were born, and later moved across the US to Louisiana and then finally California. We had come to California because of the duties of my fathers job of being in the military. We had constantly been moving around as my father had been getting stationed at different places. We finally settled down and now like living in SoCal. I enjoy living here because of some of the diversity and especially the weather.

2. In the photograph, first off we see the allusion to Joseph and Mary on the donkey, which shows that many other people have come to America seeking religious freedom. We also see the lines of people going through the fence that has been broken down heading towards the city in the middle with the sun in the back. I feel that it represents our freedom here in America because the fence that would hold us all back from getting the jobs we would want or the education we want and the barrier has been broken down allowing everyone to cross over.