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El Weekender

No 76

Go Back to Your Country

by Linda Carrasco

English and Spanish

During a PBS interview Jose Flores told the story of his encounter in Milwaukee with another man who approached him and spit out the words, “Get the hell out of this country. This is not your country. We have a new president now his name is Donald Trump. Go back to your country.” Jose sobbed when he told the interviewer that he had been in this country for 20 years and his three children had been born in the United States.

The L. A. Times recently reported the story of Jorge Ramirez a minister of an Apostolic Church in Oceanside, California who was being detained by INS and was awaiting deportation. Father of three teenage children, he’s been in the United States since he was 11. He recalled how Trump’s campaign speech had explained he wanted to keep the good people in this country and the bad people out. According to Trump, the focus would be on immigrants with criminal records and those who had been previously deported. Jorge is perplexed because he falls in neither of those categories. 

In the construction of modern highways, buildings, infrastructure, and residential areas the DFW area shows evidence of the work done by the strong arms and brown hands of the Latinos who work in the hot sun at jobs that others back away from. One historian noted that the modern American Southwest was built with the backs of the hardworking Latinos. Nowadays, the DFW and North Texas areas can boast a visible, vibrant workforce because of those who have made their way to the United States and have willingly undertaken the daily grind of jobs available to other Americans who are remiss and reluctant when they realize how hard the work is.

Arizona tried getting rid of the Latino laborers and there were no takers for the jobs they vacated. Documentaries have shown farmers revealing that whites and blacks would show up and work one day in the fields and not return the following day, saying the job was too hard. Unpicked crops laid in the fields rotting in the hot sun because the governor did not want undocumented immigrants taking away jobs from legitimate Americans. The restaurants and hotels could not keep up with the necessary daily tasks that make or break businesses when they lost their Latino workers. 

Latinos who came to the United States years ago, have labored here, paid their taxes, and have children who were born here but have been unable to navigate through the legal path that the INS has set up and have been unable to pay the monetary price for legal status have earned the right to call this nation home. They have raised their children to be American citizens.They cannot go back…this is THEIR COUNTRY.   

POSTSCRIPT: The parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible asks a question: Who is my neighbor? When we have the opportunity to help our neighbors, the Latino immigrants we should help in whatever way possible. “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” -- Mother Teresa

Regresa a tu país escrito y traducido

por Linda Carrasco

Durante una entrevista de PBS, José Flores contaba la historia de su encuentro en Milwaukee con otro hombre que se acercó a él y le expreso estas palabras, "Lárgate de este país. Este no es tu país. Ahora tenemos un presidente nuevo. Su nombre es Donald Trump. Regrésate a tu país.” José sollozaba cuando le explicaba al entrevistador que ya tenía en este país 20 años y que sus tres hijos habían nacido aquí en los Estados Unidos.

L. A. Times publicó recientemente la historia de Jorge Ramírez, ministro de una iglesia apostólica en Oceanside, California, que estaba detenido por INS y esperaba deportación a México. Padre de tres hijos adolescentes, él ha estado en los Estados Unidos desde que tenía 11 años. Él recordaba cómo en un discurso de su campaña, Trump había explicado que él proponía que la gente buena se quedara en este país pero que la gente mala no se le permitiera entrada o que se quedara. Según Trump, la atención se concentraría en los inmigrantes con antecedentes penales y los que habían sido deportados anteriormente. Jorge está perplejo porque no pertenece a ninguna de esas categorías.

El área DFW muestra evidencia en la construcción de carreteras modernas, edificios, infraestructura y áreas residenciales del trabajo hecho por los brazos fuertes y las manos de los latinos que trabajan bajo el sol ardiente haciendo el labor físico en los trabajos de los cuales otras personas evitan porque son tan agotadores. Un historiador observó que el sudoeste americano moderno fue construido con las espaldas de los trabajadores latinos. Hoy en día, las áreas de DFW y del norte de Texas tienen una fuerza de trabajo visible y vibrante debido a los que han hecho con mucho sacrificio su camino a los Estados Unidos. Estos inmigrantes toman la obligación del yugo de un labor que está disponible a otros estadounidenses renuentes que al darse cuenta que tan arduo el trabajo no toman la oportunidad para trabajar.

Arizona trató de deshacerse de los trabajadores latinos y no hubo quien tomara las oportunidades de los puestos que se desocuparon. Los documentales sobre el tema de inmigrantes enseñan entrevistas de los agricultores que explican que las personas blancas y de color se presentaban y trabajaban un día en los campos y no regresaban al día siguiente, diciendo que el trabajo era demasiado duro. Resultó que los cultivos agrícolas se pudrieron en los surcos porque el gobernador no quería que los inmigrantes indocumentados le quitaran los trabajos a los estadounidenses legítimos. Los restaurantes y los hoteles no podían continuar con las tareas tan necesarias que prosperan o quiebran las empresas cuando perdieron a sus trabajadores latinos.

Los latinos que vinieron a los Estados Unidos hace años, han trabajado aquí, pagado sus impuestos y tienen hijos que nacieron aquí pero no han podido navegar el camino legal que el INS ha establecido y no tienen recursos para pagar el precio para legalizarse como otros inmigrantes privilegiados. Se han ganado el derecho de llamar a esta nación a casa. Ellos han criado a sus hijos como ciudadanos estadounidenses. No pueden regresar a otro país... ESTE ES SU PAIS.

POSDATA: En la parábola del Buen Samaritano la Biblia contiene una pregunta. “Quien es mi prójimo?” Si tenemos la oportunidad debemos estar dispuestos a ayudar nuestros prójimos inmigrantes en todas las formas possibles. “Nunca te preocupes por los números. Ayuda a una persona a la vez y siempre empieza con la persona más cercana." -- Mother Teresa

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