All she knew was that they were going to Disney World.
Camila Cabello was a young child when her and her mother made their way from Cuba to the U.S. by way of Mexico. Her father, a Mexican national, did not have a visa at the time so he was forced to follow after them since their Cuban citizenship gave them access to the U.S. without a visa. “Made In Miami” is sharing the story of Cabello and her family’s immigration to the U.S. to give her a better life. But what they didn’t know when they made the move was that Cabello would become one of the biggest names in music.
Cabello and her mother were detained for 22 hours when they first crossed the border into the U.S. From there, they made their way to Miami where they waited for her father to join them. However, time after time, her father was denied his visa to come to the U.S.
“I had been desperate to see my family,” Cabello’s father says in the video. “I swam the river, and practically risked my life. What you want is to be with you family and honestly it was the happiest trip of my life.”
Cabello, whose song “Havana” was a No. 1 hit in the U.S., is still in awe of her parents’ sacrifices and struggles. It is a story that many immigrant children and children of immigrants experience. The video goes on to explain how Cabello went from a shy kid to a member of Fifth Harmony to a breakthrough solo artist. The transformation is something not even her family could have expected.
“I never sang in front of my family. I was just super shy,” Cablleo says in the video. “I would just start crying.”