Laura Delgado

Stories from Laura Delgado

When asked what my heritage is I simply respond, “Venezuelan.” When how I identify, I often have trouble answering. I identify as Venezuelan, but when you look at my job permit and any sort of legal United States document, I am identified as Alien. Ever since I moved to the United States, I was labeled with an Alien Number-- but why should they have a say as to how I identify? I moved to the United States when I was eight years-old because my father knew Venezuela was becoming more corrupt and wanted to give his family a better life. This melting pot of immigrants created my identity for me, Alien. However, I will not let that alien number define who I am, a proud Venezuelan and American woman.