I paid “coyotes” to bring me illegally into the U.S. They put me in a van carrying construction materials into the U.S. I was laying between sheets of plywood and glass to hide from a possible check at the border.
I tried to come to the USA legally. I went to the US Embassy in my country, in Haiti, and submitted all the documents, but was refused. After I got the idea to travel with my brother’s passport, who had a visa. For Americans, we are all on one face.
I am from Lagos, Nigeria and own two car dealerships in Africa. For many years I traveled to the United States on business, on a B1/B2 tourist visa, exporting and importing auto parts. I sometimes even managed to send new and used cars from America to Nigeria.
I really liked it in the US and after graduating I did not want to go back home to France. I could not continue studying or working, so I realized that I need an immigration lawyer fast.
I couldn’t start her immigration process for my girlfriend because only a US citizen can petition for a fiance visa, a green-card holder cannot.
My uncle and my cousin, who were also Baptists, were on their way home from preaching, discussing the Bible. They were beaten to death. I moved to another city, but that did not help. I was eventually beaten as well, but not so badly, probably because I’m a woman.
I thought I can handle it, but one morning, out of the blue, he pulled me out of bed and beat me. I was injured, my shoulders and legs hurt, I went to the hospital. There were no fractured bones, but I was pretty shaken up.