My Story of Immigration | Miriam Martinez | TEDxCarverMilitaryAcademy

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  • Published on Feb 23, 2016
  • Miriam came to the U.S at a very young age and believes that people need to change the way they think about immigrants. Her personal story is moving and inspiring at the same time.
    Miriam Martinez is a 16-year-old who was born in Mexico. She came to the United States with her family at age six and was raised in Chicago, IL. As years passed, life became more and more complicated for her. She was getting bullied at school for not speaking the same language, for not being born in the United States, and for not being able to go out because she feared she might be deported. This was just the beginning of what she had to go through. By sharing her story, she hopes to convince people that everyone is a human no matter where they come from and that the time for immigration reform is now.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

Comments • 184

  • Miki Dewberry
    Miki Dewberry 3 days ago

    the intimidation you get from the left over immigration is appalling

  • Eunice Ndungu
    Eunice Ndungu Month ago +1

    Thank you so much for speaking on this with power and empathy. I am an immigrant and this means the world to me.

  • Cortez ___
    Cortez ___ 2 months ago +7

    When people say “come legally” but don’t read the requirements list of how to do it. It’s harder than you think.

    • Cortez ___
      Cortez ___ Month ago

      It is America’s problem most of the presidents have apologized about the strong situation going on in Latin America. I know most of us don’t learn “world history” but look it up. Just look for “how US involvement in Central America led to border crises”. It’s okay to learn history. I know my history and also had several veterans tell me there’s in their involvement during president reasons time.

    • Carolyn V
      Carolyn V Month ago

      EvilEddy did I mention anywhere in my comment that I was illegal and that I was speaking on behalf of illegal immigrants? Not everyone who comes from Latin America is illegal honey

    • EvilEddy
      EvilEddy Month ago +1

      Carolyn V
      Ok why aren’t you fixing the problems in Latin America? So you refuse to fix any problems and we should allow you to illegallyt migrate into our country

    • Carolyn V
      Carolyn V Month ago

      EvilEddy that’s not the point. But go off.

  • Henry Yu
    Henry Yu 2 months ago

    come here legally

  • James Duncan
    James Duncan 2 months ago

    We the people off Scotland are known around the world kind and compassionate people with a big heart so why do we listen to the English government and their immigration laws that say a person can come and live in Scotland but they are not allowed to earn a living so they can help their family in a poorer country like Ethiopia so I think its time the people off Scotland stand up for these people and why do we stand by a government that send Scottish boys to fight a war all around the world so the west minster government can then claim money for helping to free the people just like they did in Afghanistan and Iraq so let us the people off Scotland send a message to West minster no more we will stand by the people that come here to make a better life so they can support their family's in in poorer countries and give them the Rights we all have as Scottish people all these people want is to help their families back in their own country to have what we take for granted like hot good every day there's people that die from starvation every day in countries like Ethiopia so let us as Richter country give the poor people from east Africa who come hear to have what we have and take for granted I'm going to stand by these people

  • John Smith_Treeler
    John Smith_Treeler 3 months ago

    They pay all them coyote big money why dont they just save the money and stay there. How they save that money if dont have jobs they are all just liars send them and her back nobody wants her or them.

    • Metzli Xochitl
      Metzli Xochitl 3 months ago +2

      El coyote va a venir por ti pendejo 🤣

  • p b
    p b 4 months ago +1

    Oh just shut up already

  • Katrina Lopez
    Katrina Lopez 4 months ago +8

    strong girl !! keep your head up..... it's hard but not impossible to change little minds in this world.

  • Nicole Elizabeth
    Nicole Elizabeth 4 months ago +3

    LMAO 🤢🤢🤢🤢

    • Mario Guerra
      Mario Guerra 2 months ago +2

      shut up incel, I'm sorry you're bitter because you'll never find a partner. now go Naruto run back to where your ancestors came from lol

    • Yoojung's _Wifeu
      Yoojung's _Wifeu 3 months ago

      Why that face

  • Ivan singh
    Ivan singh 5 months ago +6

    I want to come to America with my family our visa got rejected. We will also come through Mexico inshallah.

  • Jonathan Jarquin
    Jonathan Jarquin 5 months ago +4

    Go back to your country. You came here illegally.

    • Alejandro Bejarano Velasco
      Alejandro Bejarano Velasco Month ago +4

      Would it have been great for the Native Americans to deport your European ancestors as they came to America illegally, right?

  • pitbullwinkle
    pitbullwinkle 6 months ago

    You did not come here to work; that's what a true immigrant is. You came here to eat, and have the US people pay for you. The United States is not the world's baby sitter and you need to be deported along with the rest of your illegal asses.

  • Robert Brooks
    Robert Brooks 7 months ago +3

    she's a greaser

  • Mike Bocanegra
    Mike Bocanegra 7 months ago +1

    You are CRIMINALS. You came into this country illegially. That makes you a criminal. You don't have a social security number which means you are working here illegially. You aren't paying taxes which means you aren't giving back. You are only taking. I don't think of illegial aliens less of human beings, but I think of them as taking advantage of the system that has loop holes in it. You want and want and want, but you don't want to do it the right way. You don't want to have the patience to get the things that you want. My father was a very hard working man as well. I work 2 jobs 70 hours a week to provide for my family. I have to pay taxes so I don't receive a full check. There are millions of hard working Americans in this country not just illegial immigrants trying to provide for their families. We have a broken system in this country.
    America has been hijacked by the left and their progressive socialist agenda. Our children are being brainwashed by school teachers and professors. The media has demonized anyone who has a love of our country into right wing fanatics. We need to take our country back.
    If I break the law, I have to accept the consequences of my actions. I have to take accountability for what I have done. If I make the decision to break the law then I have accept responsibility if and when I get caught. ANYONE who comes into this country illegially has to accept the consequences of their actions. If the roles were reversed and millions of Americans flooded into your country illegially, I guarantee that we wouldn't be embraced with open arms. We couldn't work or attend your education system. No there would be consequences to our actions. Why is it any different?

  • Jan Rosas
    Jan Rosas 7 months ago +5

    deport her

  • josh otis
    josh otis 8 months ago

    Illegal is illegal no exception you come in my country Illegaly your steeling if you come Illegaly you are steeling from all who done it right GROW UP

    • Darth Varrun
      Darth Varrun 8 months ago

      @josh otis it's not your country you people aren't even native to the continent of the Americas. If anything you should be sent back to Europe or wherever your ancestors come from!

    • josh otis
      josh otis 8 months ago

      Why do you think it is OK to brake the law and what are you telling your kids, It is ok to brake the LAW long as your doing it for your family. NO that is not right it is not OK to brake any LAW GROW UP AND GO LIVE WHERE YOUR SUPPOSE TO BE AND COME INTO MY COUNTRY THE RIGHT WAY I HOPE ICE GETS ALL YOU IILEGALS

  • Debbie Z
    Debbie Z 8 months ago +3

    Don't blame the country that took you in blame your parents for not making it better for you in your home country and not coming here the right way.

    • Viviana Leon
      Viviana Leon 4 days ago

      Her parents did the best they could, it’s not easy at all especially in Mexico search up the conditions people live in. Do your research first.

  • conan Smith
    conan Smith 8 months ago +9

    They are never going to stop coming, especially when they have heard that the homeless are getting free housing in California.

  • conan Smith
    conan Smith 8 months ago +3

    I heard that even the butterflies are leaving Mexico!

  • Liz Guerra
    Liz Guerra 9 months ago +2

    love her story

  • Matthew Nugent
    Matthew Nugent 9 months ago +3

    Every country is a country of immigrants, Mexico, UAE, Scotland, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, France, Italy. So stop with that nonsensical arguement. They all have immigrant laws.

    • Shenaz Patel
      Shenaz Patel 7 months ago

      Yep. UAE, Australia, Germany, UK, Canada, New Zealand. Every country has immigrants.

  • Random Acts
    Random Acts 10 months ago +4

    thank God!!!!! may God be with us all and keep us all in the mighty name of Jesus Amen! May we all live for over a hundred years with long life, good health, and prosperity to glorify the mighty name of God! and may we live to go to heaven at the end in the mighty name of Jesus Amen! and remember we are not alone, God is with us and God loves us: remember this bible verse: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future !thank God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • THE DIGITAL GAMER
    THE DIGITAL GAMER 10 months ago

    So what u dont realize is u can get a better future at ur own country if u try, immigration is a slow poison for the people of the country, for every job an immigrant from(lets say mexico to america) gets, dat is one jobless american, so where is the justice here, i know u guys had hard times but u cant put ur burden on some stranger and at the same time expect from the stranger respect and welcome. Everything that luk goods ain't always good. Immigration is humanitarian and allowing is humane but at the same time the original inhabitants struggle for jobs, lands for home not only with their people but now with immigrants(numbering to idk from the 90's to 2019 how many immigrants)

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      It against law to discrimination against illegal and against law for the u.s to deprive of one liberty,life, and property illegal are identified as people so their protect against being deport

  • azurcote003
    azurcote003 11 months ago +2

    What a metaphor for the struggle that millions of these uneducated, unskilled non English speaking people face in a country that is so societally far advanced for them to comprehend much less thrive in. Of course, there are the exceptions but for the most part, as you see, it will very likely take generations for them to not be a burden on our society. Brave, they are. An asset to the United States, I think not...

    • Viviana Leon
      Viviana Leon 4 days ago +1

      azurcote003 we are an asset, we takes the hard labor jobs you weak people won’t take, we work hard hours and make less than you and we don’t not complain.

    • Robert Masina
      Robert Masina 7 days ago

      @Correct, what kind of work does one expect to find being uneducated and no English? Unless one wants to be an unskilled laborer on some construction crew.

    • Gunner Jones
      Gunner Jones 8 months ago

      @RECORD STORE that's false. Illegals are not protected under any laws. The UN only demands humane treatment.

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      It against law to discrimination against illegal and against law for the u.s to deprive of one liberty,life, and property illegal are identified as people so their protect against being deport

  • Omniscient 1
    Omniscient 1 11 months ago +1

    Her belly button is enormous. I want to blow into her blubber.

  • Christopher Miller
    Christopher Miller Year ago +14

    Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
    -George Bernard Shaw
    Well done!!

  • R M
    R M Year ago +3

    Get your facts people you brake the law you go to jail

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      It against to law for a harrash punishment

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      It against law to discrimination against illegal and against law for the u.s to deprive of one liberty,life, and property illegal are identified as people so their protect against being deport

  • R M
    R M Year ago +2

    Your called criminals because you broke the law.

  • Aamra Kamran
    Aamra Kamran Year ago +4

    Get deported.

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      It defense against removal and rights

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      First the have a free tail and a state or president can't deprive a ilegal immigrate from the constitutional right for life, liberty, and property. With legal process and they could apply for refugees status

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      No

  • CaptainKingBoat _
    CaptainKingBoat _ Year ago +2

    Like my comment

  • Elouise King
    Elouise King Year ago +7

    Many have been here 30+ years and have been deported. You got a free education, healthcare, etc. so keeping looking back, ICE might be behind you. You want changes, go back to your own country and make the changes there. Americans are tired of you freeloaders. Build the Wall!

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      Well I have a paragraph for you 😉. The u.s had interfere in political. Supporting dictators and cause failure in that country. The UN had rule court against the u.s and the punishment is embargo or either they choose and the action had caused refugees to flew

  • Daniel Lee Kennedy
    Daniel Lee Kennedy Year ago +2

    I see how Mexican Americans discriminate against illegals and recent immigrants. My mom and her family crossed the border and went to Chicago. They were discriminated against by Mexicans who had been there. My grandfather had paid a coyote to take them across. My great-grandfather was a bracero in the 1940s and was given Social Security and to this day my great grandmother gets money from his pension.

    • Cassi I0oo
      Cassi I0oo 2 days ago

      Above Anonymous to bad I’m never going back to my country

    • Above Anonymous
      Above Anonymous 9 months ago +1

      @RECORD STORE no I remeber someone being put on the FBI watch list because of some joke they put on Twitter.

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago +3

      @Above Anonymous well it against law because government can't track you it against privacy law

  • Cristina Pachano
    Cristina Pachano Year ago +8

    So who has the right to the American Dream ? Is it an exclusivity for the European immigrant descent only?

    • John Smith_Treeler
      John Smith_Treeler 3 months ago

      How they pay them coyotes thousands if they have no Jobs they are just liars. Seriously need put their money together and invest in their own country.

    • Joy B
      Joy B 9 months ago

      The dream is for whoever wants to but not at the expense of others.
      Do it the right way, not stealing someone’s information is not right!!!

  • SmellyBananna YT
    SmellyBananna YT Year ago +1

    Speak real stuff!THE END

  • greenartisticfiend
    greenartisticfiend Year ago +9

    SHE'S SO NERVOUS OMSNNX

    • g ss
      g ss 11 months ago +2

      bc she knows she illegal

  • Guerrillawarfair
    Guerrillawarfair 2 years ago +9

    Wants to be in America sooooo bad ......sports Mexican flag !

    • Ronaldo Gutierrez
      Ronaldo Gutierrez 6 months ago +1

      It's a pride thing. Proud to have all the oods stacked against you. Like when I graduate from hs and pulled out a Mexican flag and the whole crowed cheered. It's basically a statement saying "I'm Mexican, and I'm not a criminal, I graduated and am going to college. I'm a Mexican and I never sold drugs, stole, or killed someone, look at me. I'm a FUCKIN MEXICAN and did the opposite of what white people want me to do." That's why.

    • oof you
      oof you 8 months ago +1

      And whats the problem??Is it bad to love your nationality your country??

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      So

  • Mani Kiza
    Mani Kiza 2 years ago +2

    Yes

  • Drift Garage
    Drift Garage 2 years ago +15

    Yea my parent's worked so hard for me to have a better future too. They brought me here and we entered this country legally and applied for perminant residency and paid our taxes and did everything by the books. You have no rights, you and your parents broke the law and need to suffer consequences. Period!

    • Robert Masina
      Robert Masina 7 days ago

      All the credit to your parents for doing it the right way.

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      It a discussion that the u.s is breaking a law for harsh punishment for just what being illegal

    • Elpedia Arthur Junior
      Elpedia Arthur Junior 10 months ago +3

      Drift Garage well, Yh cos your parents could. What if they couldn’t?

  • Dawn Baker
    Dawn Baker 2 years ago +2

    Because of you people now I'm suspicious of anyone who is Mexican looking or have different names even. THIS IS NOT Your COUNTRY !! YOU ARE NOT WELCOME OR ENTITLED TO AMERICAN RIGHTS OR BENEFITS. DONT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT!!! Coming to my country illegally made you a illegal alien criminal. That's a FACT!! Take your American education and go back to your country of origin. Y'all made the decision to come here illegally and these are the consequences. COLLEGE FREE ON FASFA NOOOOOOOOO. Sorry that you have to pay for your parents sins and illegality. That's on y'alls shoulders!!!! 🤔😳😡😤🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    • Cassi I0oo
      Cassi I0oo 2 days ago

      Dawn Baker their country’s that they are running away from are falling apart and all you can say is that they should fix. How do you fix a country that is already corrupt. You try to live in their shoes then you’ll see how bad it is

  • meh Name Is Juan
    meh Name Is Juan 2 years ago +8

    I hope y'all realize that child illegal immigrants don't get deported like adults. Lmao

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      @Ray no it against law for harsh punishment it in constitutional

    • Ray
      Ray Year ago

      They should lol.😂

  • AllgbRodriguez
    AllgbRodriguez 2 years ago +7

    I truly wish you well and hopefully you can become a citizen. But no sentimental story is going to change the fact that you cut illegally in front of all immigrants that are trying to become American citizens legally. You're thoughtless and unfair. Sorry, but that's the truth.

    • Danaay 1
      Danaay 1 4 months ago +1

      @Logical Millenial how are you going tell someone to deport someone even tho they can't do anything

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      It against law to discrimination against illegal and against law for the u.s to deprive of one liberty,life, and property illegal are identified as people so their protect against being deport

    • Logical Millenial
      Logical Millenial 10 months ago

      Marco Mark Productions deport her

    • Marco Mark Productions
      Marco Mark Productions Year ago +1

      AllgbRodriguez its dog eat dog in this world

  • julio iglesias
    julio iglesias 2 years ago +8

    WHY THIS MEXICAN DANCES WHEN SHE TALKS? NO PAPERS, YOU GO BACK, VIVA TRUMP

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      It against law to discrimination against illegal and against law for the u.s to deprive of one liberty,life, and property illegal are identified as people so their protect against being deport it

  • peter garrison
    peter garrison 2 years ago +24

    RISE ABOVE!! RISE ABOVE HATE

    • Mor MacFey
      Mor MacFey 9 months ago

      Hiding criminality behind a false mask of hate, is worse than hate.

    • kbo6612
      kbo6612 10 months ago

      john fog, then you can also include me as low, To the millions of people around the world who are trying to come in legally, what message would legalizing her send? People who are following the law have to wait years to come in lawfully. Yet, people like her just get to jump in front of the line, just because her parents were successful in sneaking her in?

    • g ss
      g ss 11 months ago

      rise above law breaking illegals

  • johne tada
    johne tada 2 years ago

    HEY MARIAM... AMERICANS ALSO WORK FOR A BETTER LIFE. I AM AGAINST ILLEGAL, ILLEGAL, ILLEGAL ALIENS. IF PEOPLE FOLLOW THE IMMIGRATION LAW THEN THEY DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM. YOU ASKED WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT
    THE IMMIGRATION SITUATION? WHAT CAN BE DONE IS FOR YOU TO TELL YOUR ILLEGAL ALIEN FRIENDS TO STOP BEING LAZY AND GET THEIR PAPERS IN ORDER. I DONT CARE THAT YOU CROSSED A RIVER, DRANK OUT OF THE SAME BOTTLE.... BOTTOM LINE IS..... YOU CAME INTO UNITED STATES OF AMERICA UNDOCUMENED, AND IT IS A CRIME TO BE HERE IN AMERICA WITH OUT A GREEN CARD. I ASK YOU..... WHAT PART OF ILLEGAL DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND? IF A BAD GUY, GOOD GUY, STUDENT, OR PARENTS ARE IN AMERICA WITH NO DOCUMENTATTION... THEY ARE ILLEGAL ALIENS AND HAVE TO BE DEPORTED. ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS HAVE TO STOP TRYING TO CHANGE THE LAWS THAT ARE ALREADY IN PLACE. YEA, YEA, I KNOW YOU CAME HERE FOR A BETTER LIFE BUT YOU DID IT WRONG, YOU DID NOT FOLLOW THE RULE OF LAW AND THATS ALL THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SAYING...... FOLLOW THE RULE OF LAW, I AM NOT OPPOSED TO LEGAL, LEGAL, LEGAL IMMIGRAATION THOSE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO FOLLOW THE CORRECT PROCESS. THATS WHY I SAY....ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE LAZY AND DO NOT WANT TO FOLLOW THE RULE OF LAW. ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM MEXICO DO NOT WANT TO BE AMERICAN CITIZENS. ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM MEXICO JUST WANT A FREE RIDE ON THE BACKS OF AMERICAN TAX PAYERS.

    • yadira segura
      yadira segura Year ago +1

      kill your self thanks

    • Nedely Torres
      Nedely Torres Year ago +2

      johne tada if you hate Mexicans that much then stop searching for their recipes.🤣

    • Diana T
      Diana T 2 years ago +5

      johne tada what I don't understand is how mean people can be.

  • Erin Williams
    Erin Williams 2 years ago +40

    Look at this young queen! So proud of her!

    • Annie
      Annie 22 days ago

      Mario Guerra So, what you are saying is...ILLEGALS GOTTA GO!

    • Mario Guerra
      Mario Guerra 2 months ago +1

      @Dawn Baker it doesn't take ten years to get your green card. you clearly have no idea what you're talking about lol. hey but you should go back to wherever your ancestors came from, Native Americans don't want illegals here, this is America, not New Britain, sorry

  • luciana
    luciana 2 years ago +17

    i agree as a latina immigrant i am always judged by my class

    • Hello
      Hello 7 months ago

      @Hello I’m just here chillin New Mexico not "MEXICO"

  • Non ya
    Non ya 2 years ago +9

    what is so hard to understand about illegal? Enter the US legally or not at all. Deport her!

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      You can't

    • Blue Person
      Blue Person 9 months ago

      Non ya why do you bother preaching hate

    • g ss
      g ss 11 months ago

      deport that chalupa

    • Harverc
      Harverc Year ago

      Non ya You’re grammar sounds so bad.
      You probably used google translator to help you out in Spanish.

    • Mika mi
      Mika mi Year ago

      It's pronounced undocumented say it with me un👏doc👏u👏men👏ted👏

  • mOejOe33
    mOejOe33 2 years ago +13

    Doesn't matter...DEPORT! Let's keep it simple. It doesn't matter what you're doing, what you've done, where you're going. You're here illegally...deport. KISS. Your parents should not have broken the law, instead should have done it the legal way. Nobody wants to do it the legal way, therefore, DEPORT, DEPORT, DEPORT!!!!!!!! ilegal es criminal.
    And wholly shit! What grade school level did she finish?

    • Viviana Leon
      Viviana Leon 4 days ago

      R M innocent until proven guilty

    • Viviana Leon
      Viviana Leon 4 days ago

      johne tada actually if you live here in America the constitution applies to all of the people living in the U.S. do your research next time.

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      The u.s needs to moderate the laws and fix their mistake because u.n is against them

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      As killing or "letting a immigrate to die" is a law breaking like breaking the Geneva convenient

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      The u.s had broken law for interview in other countries political affairs so that the u.s corporate would benefit from low wages and no working laws and puppet of political party

  • GBoi1
    GBoi1 2 years ago +22

    If she is here illegally she needs to go home. Period end of discussion.

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      Illegal isnt law breaking

    • RECORD STORE
      RECORD STORE 9 months ago

      Trump breaking law

    • Blue Person
      Blue Person 9 months ago +2

      GBoi1 shut up you assholes your ancestors took this country