Marie Gonzales moved from Costa Rica with her parents at age five. Her parents worked hard until they were forced to leave. This is their story
A month after the September 11, 2001, attacks, Marvin Gonzalez , a government mail clerk in Jefferson City, Missouri, was sorting packages for Governor Bob Holden when he came across a package addressed to the governor that included an unmarked envelope and a book about Osama bin Laden. Frightened but remaining calm, he alerted his superiors. The nation was on the lookout for another terrorist attack, after a series of anthrax incidents had killed five people, sickened more than a dozen and left the country once more on edge.
State investigators later determined the package did not contain anything hazardous, but the government took anything that looked like the deadly white powder seriously, and the FBI came to Jefferson City, Missouri, to interview Marvin. He and others in the mail room began wearing protective gloves and masks when they handled the mail and were moved out of the capitol building.