Miguel Blas-Matus vividly recalls growing up with seven siblings in a one-room, dirt-floor house in his homeland of Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Lacking electricity, they lived by candlelight while his mother cooked over an open fire at night, raised pigs and made cheese.
Today at age 45, his life is much different. He rents a room from a friend in Yakima, owns a 2000 Chevrolet Impala, but mostly relies on his bicycle for transportation, and is a junior in medical school.
Last month, Blas-Matus realized his dream of becoming an American citizen. But his quest into the land of opportunity wasn't easy. It was a journey filled with pain, sacrifice and humiliation.
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