Ni de Aqui Ni de Alla

by Gaby Rodriguez

Ni de aqui ni de alla” — a saying that essentially means we are not from here nor there. It applies to those who were born in another country but raised in the US. It applies to me.

I was brought to the US by my parents when I was 4. We didn’t enter illegally — we had crossing visas, but we decided to remain in the states after they had expired. And so, our status changed to “illegal.” My parents always worked, claimed their taxes, and were terrified of authorities. They never requested any government support, and when I became a young mom, they pressed me to refuse assistance, too. “We’ll figure this out,” they’d always say.

Growing up, I had to adapt to two different cultures. I was Hispanic at home and American at school and every where else. I never took being multicultural as something negative. If anything, being able to blend my two cultures was fantastic. But there were still times of discrimination, like when I didn’t have the means to present a proper form of ID.

And so, I decided to pursue my own American Dream and apply for citizenship. I didn’t want to fear deportation anymore. I didn’t have the papers to prove what I felt — that I was American. This was the country I knew and loved, and I wasn’t about to give that up. So, I applied for my Permanent Residency, and after a lengthy and costly process, I was approved.

A Proud Moment

A few years later, I was able to prove that I was holding up to my US resident standards, and I was allowed to apply for my citizenship. As of October 2013, I am an American citizen. I couldn’t be more thankful. I don’t think I would have had these amazing opportunities in my home country! Working in the Multilingual Department at GoDaddy is one of those opportunities, and I love that I can help our Latino business owners while working for an awesome American company.

Gaby is based in Tempe, AZ and has been with GoDaddy since 2013. She is a member of the employee-led group GoDaddy Latinos in Technology(GD LIT). #GoDaddyBrave #GoDaddyLife