The American Dream Series #1- To the USA, via Havana and Madrid

Stories of immigrants who came to the USA legally, became naturalized Citizens and achieved their own "American Dreams."

By Rolando Chinea

This is the first of a series of articles on immigrants who came to the USA legally, became naturalized Citizens and achieved their own “American Dreams.”

Immigration Story

Definition of the American dream:

The ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. “She or him could achieve the American dream only by hard work”

A happy way of living that is thought of by many Americans as something that can be achieved by anyone in the U.S. especially by working hard and becoming successful With good jobs, a nice house, two children, and plenty of money, they believed they were living the American dream.

The Real Meaning Of The “American Dream” … The term “American Dream” was apparently invented in 1931 by historian James Truslow Adams; he was referring to “That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.”

What does it really means if you are not a US born?  Can we achieve the Dream as well?  We all know that everything is possible if you set your mind properly, follow some steps and move forward; it is the Universal “law”, in some cases harder to achieve than imaginable, but not impossible.

Rolando Chine’as parents- Rolando Sr. and Rosa

I was born on an island in the Caribbean, Cuba.  I am the only son of a married couple also from Cuba, Rosa and Rolando. They both were very accomplished individuals back in our land. My father, an Electrical Engineer, was the Head of the Power Generation and Distribution Office for the Island.  My mother was a Dentist MD with her own medical practice as well as a job at a local medical facility back in Habana (Havana).

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The year was 1959-60, I was five years old. Life in Cuba was rapidly changing.  The country faced a new reality: Cuba became a communist and socialist country. Both of my parents did not approve or like the changes. They were willing to put everything on the line for me and my future.  It didn’t matter to them, they were focused and determined to protect me and my future from both communism and the socialism regime.  They moved forward with the decision.  They requested permission to relocate the family –“leave the country”- and at the same time requested permission to come to the United States of America (USA).  What happens next is hard to imagine, but it really happens.  My father was removed from his post (position) and banned from work anywhere.  He was 39 years old and on top of his professional career path…suddenly terminated. My mother’s private practice was taken away from her, “closed out” by the government and on top of that she was mandated to work in a clinic every night, 60 miles away from home.  At the time we didn’t know it, but for the next 7 years she became the head of the household.

The Government really tried hard to break the family apart, but once again they both were determined to reach their goal.  Finally, seven years later, the waiting was over.  The Cuban Castro regime and the US Government granted permission to leave the country via Madrid, Spain.  My parents agreed. Meanwhile, I was six months away from reaching another communist ideological milestone.  At age twelve (12) especially for Cuban males, the indoctrination is moved into a higher gear.  Kids are considered “STATE” property; in other words, your new family is the “STATE” and not your biological parents. The government removes the kids away from family nucleus and places them in “pioneer camps” – heavy duty indoctrination camps.  Instead, as a family, we all went together to Madrid, Spain.  What a relief!!!!!!

Madrid, Spain was what I am going to call now the LIMBO LAND.  Why?  We had to wait until the vetting process by USA was done and completed. We knew the law from the beginning and my parents agreed to the terms.  During our temporary staging process at Madrid, we couldn’t work in any capacity, we couldn’t get any help from the local government or any government agency and we were 100% dependent on our US American sponsors, period; in our case they were my uncles who were already citizens of US living in Puerto Rico.  One more time, if for any reason, any of the agreed conditions were broken by any family member, the contract between us and the governments was considered not valid anymore (BROKEN) and for that reason the complete family would be mandated to return to the country of origin- in our case, CUBA.

Can you imagine, or even better, do you have the courage to resign everything you previously earned in your life- your wealth, your career, your home, your savings, your securities?  Everything, just for a DREAM. The future of your soul made reality through your son or daughter.  That is for me what I call the ultimate SACRIFICE.  It is PRICELESS.  The good news arrived; our vetting was completed and we were able to come to the States.  WELCOME TO AMERICA.

No, I did not have an idea then, of what they both did for me, but now I know.  I also know for sure they are my HEROES and what they represent is also PRICELESS.  I think everything in life happens for a reason and sometimes is not obvious.  My father’s birthday was July 4 1920…July 4.  THE INDEPENDENCE BIRTHDAY.  Why do they choose the United States of America as our final destination? The new beginning, the new journey?  You Tell Me.  I Call it “INDEPENDENCE.”

After arriving to USA, about three months later my father suddenly passed away. Who said life is fair?  My mother, again took control of the head of household role and did what she had to do. It was not easy for her, as you can imagine- not a time for grievances, no time for vacation, no time for rest.  She re-invented herself on a different career path, and in a nutshell, she pulled me over the hump into our new life.  One more time, nothing was given to us – nothing was free —   EVERYTHING came about due to the hard work and dedication that she invested into it. THE WAY IT SHOULD BE.

In about mid-1971, I met somebody very special, VERY SPECIAL We became friends, good friends, sweethearts, we dated for several years and on 30 Dec 1976 we became one. By the way, she also was my Citizenship Sponsor I believe around 1972-73.  She also was instrumental in my college education; she invested in me, just because.  Together we have two beautiful daughters and two grand kids.

After 40 + short years and one more time, we came together to a critical crossroad.  I would say that for over 25 years or so, I had mentioned to her, our kids and some limited number of friends that this Great Nation of US has been under attack. I am sure, that they looked at me and probably they thought, what are you taking about?  They did not have a clue on my message, because they never were exposed to what I was exposed to in my childhood. NO IDEA.

My Friends, the Socialism, wanted or not is here, infiltrated in our own blood; is almost like a terminal type of Cancer, and is up to us to cure America, our America, USA.  We know it.  It has been proved over and over again, CUBA, VENEZUELA, are the latest victims of the socialism.  These countries have collapsed. Their broken, corrupted anti-humanity political social system is not the answer to a better USA.

Rolando Chinea and family near Pt. Mugu.

I invite every US CITIZEN to going the movement, the FREEDOM MOVEMENT, to protect our legacy, our US Constitution and what it represents for generations to come.  Our RIGHTS, FREEDOMS and the abilities to pursue HAPPINESS are at grave risk.

The Citizens Journal American Dream Series

  1. Mr. Rolando Chinea- AMERICAN from Cuba
  2. Ms. Lisa Vartanian- AMERICAN from USSR/Armenia
  3. Ms. Maria Vallejo- AMERICAN from Cuba
  4. Ms. Lennie Reisch- AMERICAN from Cuba
  5. Ms. Georgette Hadvina- AMERICAN from Hungary
  6. Ms. Jolin Crofts- AMERICAN from Iran
  7. Mr. Vadim Manzhos- AMERICAN from USSR/Ukraine

This series was organized by Gloria Massey-Chinea, retired resident of Oxnard, originally from Puerto Rico

Rolando Chinea- Telemetry/RF Engineer at Pt Mugu Naval Air Station.

Rolando Chinea is a naturalized American Citizen from Cuba. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and is now retired from the Department of Defense, where he worked as a telemetry and RF Engineer at Naval Base Ventura County.

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