Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Be selfless - as it is contagious.

While I was at work today, a young girl hesitantly came into the office with her messenger bag and a
few books in hand. I asked her if I could help her and she almost reluctantly didn't want to answer. I figured it was because of the headphones I had on at the time. I told her not to worry and that I would be happy to help her. Although she approached me speaking English, she quickly grew more comfortable once she knew I was bilingual. We continued in Spanish.

She began to tell me that she was medical student in Latin America and was part of a program sponsored by a reputable hospital in the area. The program's mission is to give the students the opportunity to earn tuition money via donations, teach them English, and allow them to build friendships that will last a lifetime. She expressed to me that her parents in her home country were unable to fund her education and the high interest rates for student loans made them almost inaccessible. 

We talked about many things from my recent travels to Mexico, the U.S. presidential election, and even Monarch Memoirs. I told her about my initiative and she began to tell me that she comes across many people who have immigration stories. Specifically, a recent encounter she had with an undocumented woman she met while fundraising. The woman became overwhelmed after speaking with the girl that she broke down in tears. The young girl's immediate reaction was to pray for the woman and leave her one of the books she was giving away even if it meant not receiving a donation.

It amazes me that she felt compelled to help a complete stranger while seeking help for herself. It's wonderful to see how kind and selfless we can be, but it is also heartbreaking to know that many undocumented people continue to struggle everyday. This is why it is SO important for us to become a voice for the voiceless.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hidden Potential

In the United States, there are nearly 11.2 million undocumented immigrants. This video demonstrates the distinction between an documented immigrant family and an undocumented immigrant family in the U.S. Watch for yourself.


Monday, July 18, 2016

As Librado Rivera once said...

Si fuera la patria como una madre cariñosa que da abrigo y sustento a sus hijos, si se les diera tierras y herramientas para sembrar, nadie abandonaría su patria para ir a mendigar el pan a otros países en donde se les desprecia y se les humilla.

If the home country was like a loving mother who provides shelter and support to her children, if they were given land and tools for planting, no one would leave their homeland to end up begging to other countries where they are despised and humiliated.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Story no. 2 - One story, Two Hearts, and One Happy Ending

As the monarch butterfly, we also left our beautiful country searching for opportunities with the idea of financially helping the people we left behind. We crossed the border after facing many days of danger, hunger, and fatigue. Eventually, we arrived to this great nation during the hot summer with only the clothes we were wearing, but our hearts filled with hope and endurance. As undocumented immigrants we had to work very hard. Meanwhile, we encountered many difficulties such as fear, language barriers, the lack of reliable transportation, and the shock of a completely different culture. 

With patience and perseverance, we achieved the American Dream after many years. Today we can say it was worth it. We encourage our undocumented brothers and sisters out there to continue your fight. You can do this. Do not let racist politics outshine your dreams. Better yourselves and remember to teach your children about your native culture and language. Never forget your roots and help others! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

What is immigration?

"the action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country."

Now that we know what the definition is, we may ask ourselves, "what exactly motivates one to migrate to another country?" Although there are infinite reasons as to why people decide to migrate to foreign lands. I will attempt to enlighten you and give you a better understanding of this reasoning.

In the United States, we have the privilege of having an abundance of resources at our disposal. However, we fail to realize that other countries do not always offer these privileges to it's people. Thus, we have a more difficult time empathizing with immigrants and their struggles. Foreigners migrate to the U.S. in search of a better life and opportunities they might've never had in their home lands.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Story no. 1

I moved to the United States from Venezuela in 1990. Although I was a US Citizen, spoke English, and even had a medical degree, I had a very difficult time finding employment. I had gotten divorced and had to raise my son on my own. 

Due to the difficulty of passing the Foreign Medical Graduates tests, I gave up on my career. This led me to pursue a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Meanwhile, I had to do different jobs like most immigrants. I did training in child-care for a few years, cleaned offices, and other administrative jobs. 

Now that I have been living in USA for almost 26 years, I encourage others to work hard to pursue their dreams and goals, and never give up! 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Migration is Beautiful

Much like the monarch, we as humans turn to migration in search of survival. As a daughter of immigrants, I am grateful for the many opportunities I have as a result of my family's courage and resilience. Migration is beautiful...

And this is where our journey begins.