For Jazmina Mamani of Kettering, coming to the U.S. was literally a matter of life and death. Severely burned on her chest, neck and face from a kerosene lamp accident at age 6 in her native Bolivia, missionaries from Ohio arranged for her to get needed surgeries in Cincinnati and later brought her to live with them in the Dayton area.
Now 30, she has a full-time job, volunteers at her church and proclaims herself a patriotic American despite facing possible deportation.
“You have to learn how to survive, Mamani said. “You live in constant fear.”