Eylene Pirez

I am originally from Camaguey, Cuba. I got to the states in 2001. I was an illegal immigrant but got my citizenship in 5 years. I grew up on a farm and quite poor. Communism was hard, but I had a fantastic large and intelligent family that figured out how to feed us and get us out of there.  I'm an exile, so I can't really go back home. Home is now Los Angeles. Most of my mom's family is here in the US. They now live in Texas.  I came here to get an education and a better life. I grew up without the freedom to leave the island, so that was a big incentive to travel and explore other cultures and sports. 

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