I got the opportunity to come here and my son was only two days when I had to leave, but I had to do it. I had to provide.
During those days that I was away it hurt. I was there for him financially, he needed more than finance. I missed many of those so those father, son conversations so those were some of the hardest things for me.
-Errol Wray. Sr.,48, migrated from Jamaica to New York City in 1995 for work as a mason and a plumber.
You know when you are not physically there and the child is not able to speak with you the parent,one on one its not the same because sometimes things happen that you’re not even aware of.
Sometimes you’ll never get a chance. Some parents never get the chance to explain to their children why did what they did, what kind of situations they were in, why they had to leave them to go somewhere else and it impacts on the life of the child.
-Claudette Higgins,59,migrated from Jamaica to New York City 10 years to work as a home health aide and had to leave all five of her children behind.