As Congress takes up the issue of immigration reform, it is incredibly important that a broad public come to understand what’s at stake. As you already know, I believe that it is imperative that Congress reform our dysfunctional immigration system…anything that you can do to help us in this cause would be greatly appreciated.
Over the years I have heard countless reasons why people are unhappy with immigrants. The usual reasoning from those opposed to immigration and less informed about actual circumstances is that they are a drain on our system without paying in. Other
position you take you can bend numbers, stats, or even opinions to fit your motive. The truth of the matter remains that general society always needs someone to blame. The 99% blame the 1%, the Republicans blame the Democrats, Liberals blame Conservatists, but the easiest group to target for blame is immigrants. People take aim at a group that for many years has been without a strong centralized voice, usually lower socioeconomic status, and easily written off in any context as simply being “illegal” which many use to try to disqualify them from even basic rights. The 1% are hard to attack because they have all the money and resources, the political parties are hard to blame because they are so crafty in turning around any message, so many in society give in and take the path of least resistance blaming immigrants.
Earlier this week we wrote about The Alabama Immigrant in Part 1 of our feature. We heard from a lot of our visitors who had the chance to check out this great blog. We hope you enjoy the concluding feature on “The Alabama Immigrant”. Make sure to show them some love.
Through your eyes what do people need to understand about what is happening in Alabama?
People need to understand that although what we are seeing is disturbing, our hope can not be left in the hands of elected officials. People tend to elect reflections of themselves. We as individuals need to decide that we are going to treat other people with dignity, regardless of where they were born.
How has life changed in Alabama?
I can see things changing little by little in Alabama. For example, sometimes I overhear people’s conversations about immigration issues. The things they say are so horrible. I hear stories about how bad things were in the 50s, but I never thought Alabama would be like that again. When they are saying such hateful things about non-americans, I wonder what they would say if they knew I was married to a Mexican. I wonder if they could say those things if they spent even 5 minutes with my beautiful nieces and nephews. I know that they couldn’t. The only reason they are acting like that is because they are grossly misinformed. The girls my wife and I are friends with tell us shocking stories about life in school as well. The kids use racial name calling, and make violent threats. It’s very sad, and it misrepresents the feelings of the masses.
Are there any groups down in Alabama that you support or have been able to work with?
I am in contact with a girl named Jessica Ordenana who is helping children with deported parents. She is starting a non-profit organization “to have a place young children & adolescents can do their homework, talk to other kids in the same situation and communicate with their parents. In addition offer services to help these children with social, financial, employment, education, legal and mental health. We want to keep the families as close together as possible.” her site is http://jesscares.tumblr.com/
Please check out their site HERE and Follow them on Twitter.
We love getting informed about immigration. We recently came across The Alabama Immigrant and have been following and checking their site ever since. We were very impressed with the site and our interactions with them on Twitter that we set up some questions to help you learn more about their site and the motivations behind it. We hope you enjoy this 2 Part Feature.
Question 1: What motivated you to start blogging about the problems in Alabama?
My motivation comes from a love of people. I understand that Alabamians are upset about losing jobs to undocumented immigrants, but the course many are willing to take involves hurting people, and separating families. Most of our parents taught us better than that. They taught us that there are always peaceful solutions to disputes, and to share our “toys”. The main reason I started this site though is for two young girls my wife and I are very close to. We love them like daughters. Their mom is undocumented, and they were brought to the united states when they were only babies. Kids have been really mean to them at school ever since the HB 56 Act has passed. They live their lives in fear, thinking that some day they may come home to find out their mom was taken by immigration. What many people don’t understand is that they have no place to go. They can’t go back to Mexico because they would have no place to live, and no job. Their story is one that thousands share. But this isn’t even the worst of it. We speak with dozens of people every week that are enduring much harsher circumstances than these girls are. My heart goes out to such ones. I don’t have much that I can contribute in a material way, but I do try to use my time and resources to keep an up-to-date blog on news events concerning immigration law. Like the two girls I mentioned, most of the people my blog is aimed toward don’t have the time to search the internet every day looking for news on immigration. I spend a few hours daily looking for articles that I think could provide useful information to people with an undocumented status. Continue reading →
“Entre Nos” is a film we learned about from our friend Lucy on Twitter. While this a bit different from our normal documentary we feature we loved what we saw and it is based on a true story.
Mariana (Paola Mendoza) is determined to keep her family together. Her children, Gabriel (Sebastian Villada Lopez), 10, and Andrea (Laura Montana Cortez), 6, have grown up in Colombia without their father. He immigrated to the United States years earlier in order to make a better life for his family. Finally after many years of separation the family is reunited in New York City.
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