A Dream Realized
Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio came to the United States with his parents when he was 9 years old.
His parents overstayed their visas, and he lived the majority of his life in Tampa, where he would eventually become known as “a dreamer,” after the Obama administration enacted DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Although Samperio was valedictorian of Armwood High School and would go on to graduate from FSU’s law school with honors, he had to wait for the state Supreme Court to decide whether or not he could practice law in Florida because he is not a U.S. citizen. He shares his story on this week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay.
â€œA Walkâ€ by Tycho, from the album Dive
Translation assistance from Yoselis Ramos
StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants, and this past January StoryCorps spent a month in St. Petersburg recording the stories from your Tampa Bay friends and neighbors. For more information, please visit: http://storycorps.org/
Monday at 8:45 AM during Morning Edition and 5:44 PM during All Things Considered on WUSF 89.7.