Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Anti and Pro Latino Immigration to the United States


Ironically, both Pro and anti sides of the arguments I have used are supported by Latino Americans.
The website I have used to support anti-immigration of Latinos to the United States is an interview with a Mexican native real-estate business leader named Arturo Morales-LLan. He himself came to America seeking what many other Latinos before him have sought, a better life where he wasn't always hungry and exhausted from working himself to the bone every day on poor wages.
He said that many others like him "[think] about America like you think about Disneyland," "It was this great magical kingdom."
However, it is there that his sympathy with illegal immigrants ends. He says that his own experiences under a corrupt government who have little respect for their own laws, and even allowed him to bribe his way to achieving a diploma, has taught him that should immigration be permitted, would be the same as "inviting corruption to creep over the border and eat away at all that makes the United States great."
Mr LLan had been able to retake his high school classes in a private school and through a sponsor, was able to learn english and apply for college. He gained a green card when he met and married a woman from Salt Lake City, but even then it took him years to be granted the opportunity of citizenship.
He says that when he took an oath to become an American citizen, he swore that he would defend the constitution and the laws of the United States of America.
He claims that he meant this, and says that Immigrants who slip over the border unnoticed and get jobs using false identities are "making a mockery of American laws."
He ends by saying "There is no love for America in illegal immigration, there is no sense of patriotism. There is no sense of duty. There are only broken laws."


This resource I have chosen to represent "Pro" immigration of Latinos is also from an interview, however it is an interview with an illegal alien in the United States.
He is not identified, but is given the name Jose by the interviewer.
It is possible that Jose was discovered as he had been trying to interact with a store clerk, but struggles with his english, as must be commonplace with those who make it in to the United States, but cannot afford to learn english, therefore this could draw attention to the fact that they are not a native of America, as they would have to have learnt the language in an American school.
He claims that he was originally from Nicaragua and had come to the United States after a fire burnt down his home, forcing him to make trips there in order to generate income to support his family.
Jose says that whilst he loves his own country, it is ravaged by conflicts which affect even those who try to live peaceful lives.
He admits that this is his fourth trip to the United States but says that every trip is hard. Having paid most of his money just getting to the border, and then having to walk long periods on foot with limited food and water supplies. Sometimes he runs out of money on the trips and has to go hungry, however this is not the worst part, as he states that "There are people along the frontera who will kill you. On both sides. You are not safe just because you enter the US."
He says that whilst he endures sickness and that his feet odten bleed, the trip is much worse for women, as he states: "There are things that happen to women trying to come to the US that are worse than anything that happens to men. There are worse things than dying and pain.”
He is asked why he makes the trip if it is so difficult. To which Jose says “You do anything for your family. If you can make life better for your mother by suffering, you suffer. My life here is not better than in Nicaragua. I work hard and have nothing. But my family has things. When my mother was sick, I could send her money to get better. My sister is in University. She will not remember what life was like during the fighting and she will have a good life because I work. If you are a man, you take care of your family. I am here to take care of my family.
Discussing how immigration is now, Jose says that "right now, killers can come here [the US] easier than doctors." and he hopes that president Obama can change this, and if situations change, that both countries will benefit from a positive union.
When asked about the law and if he fears being caught by the police, Jose makes a very down to earth point that I think sums up the situation of many, if not all Latinos who consider becoming an illegal alien in the United States: "It is hard to live in fear but it is harder to live in suffering.

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