Que? Its Not Just a Latino Issue!

What comes to mind when you think of undocumented student? What connotations can you associate with those terms? But wait, let me guess for you? Did you picture someone of color? A Latino?

WHOAH WHOAH! Hold your horses there!

 IT IS NOT JUST A LATINO ISSUE!

That is probably the truest statement ever said! This whole matter on immigration isn’t just about Latinos.

You don’t believe me yet? Have you heard about Ju Hong? He is an Ab540 student running for ASUC Student Senate at UC Berkeley. And Beleza Chan working for social justice and organizing students for the passage of immigration reform.

But the students above aren’t the only ones; they are the few who’ve come out. There are others, thousands of them; students from Germany, China, Nigeria, Russia and other place not ever considered. It’s a stereotype! And it should not be ignored.

The question that remains now is, how did they get here? Many of these non-latino undocumented students came here legally, but due to many reasons, like expired visas, they went from documented to undocumented.

And though there are thousands of them here it they are invisible and well hidden. On the one hand it many seem like life easy because they aren’t being profiled as undocumented, but on another hand “they are torn and frightened, fighting everyday in ways no one can understand, hoping they don’t lose the friends and family they have.” And what makes it  harder for these non-latino students to come out, is isolation and loneliness, often they know no one who stands in the same position. As Ju explains

“I didn’t know anyone else who was Asian and undocumented when I was growing up. I think if other undocumented Asians knew other Asians who were undocumented, they wouldn’t feel so alone and isolated.”

Let’s face the truth, America is a melting pot. And it’s about time we come to see that Latinos are not the only ones who need and want reform, there are other ethnic groups who feel the same way. It is time for fingers to come down, this just proves that you can’t identify an undocumented student based on ethinc attributes. It is much more than just a Latino issue!

The Dream Act Didn’t Pass

 

Whats left to do and what comes next? It it still within reach or is all hope lost?

                                  

These are just some of the few questions many undocumented college and high school students are asking themselves now. & it  matters, for everyone!

And this past December 2010 the DREAM Act, that would have granted undocumented youth (students) a conditional path to citizenship, was KILLED in the Senate.

But lets not get to far ahead. What is the DREAM Act exactly?

DREAM stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act and the eligibility criteria  for the Act includes:

“1. The alien has been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of not less than 5 years immediately preceding the date of enactment of this Act, and had not yet reached the age of 16 years at the time of initial entry
2.The alien has been a person of good moral character since the time of application
3.The alien, at the time of application, has been admitted to an institution of higher education in the United States, or has earned a high school diploma or obtained a general education development certificate in the United States
4. The alien has never been under a final administrative or judicial order of exclusion, deportation, or removal
5. The alien had not yet reached the age of 35 years on the date of the enactment of this Act”

The Library of Congress Thomas

Within the term of this act many undocumented students would have been given 6 years towards a path to citizenship and permission to legally serve a country they call “home.” Exactly “home,” because many came at a young age, and others can’t even remember their birthland.

Dreams were shattered and many were left in tears; the Act did not pass!

The keynote to address here, is not that they want to take the jobs of Americans or obtain a licence, but rather to obtain full right to a land they know as home. A home that has deprived them of many rights for years. A home where they aren’t accepted because their birth certificate claims home to be another country.

And where are they now? They are they still here.  They are the Pedro Ramirez , they are the Beleza Chan, and many other students fighting to obtain legality in a country they know to be “home” and looking on to the future for something to come. And the movement is NOT over. They still have questions waiting to be answered and won’t stand still until they obtain something they claim to be rightfully theirs.



Who is Getting Smarter?


Does it make sense to kick out undocumented students after educating them? In terms of Kairos, it matters much today because we are the next generation, well for America. And what does that mean for the future economy? Is America preparing well for what the future holds? In the argument presented by Arturo Venegas, in Immigration Reform, the key point adjourns to the importance of the future economy rather than minor facets that have been presented as major ones; as in the post with regards to safety and trafficking of illegal drugs. But what many are missing is that this issue doesn’t only involve drugs, it involves the many who want a better life, those who seek an education and much more that what their home county can offer. It matters that one considers all view points when presenting arguments against faulty claims, and deep analysis on the premises of the claim. But the main issue here is “education.” Why are we pushing those educated beings out? And again does it make sense if we view the issue when the economy is involved. Rather, I feel that America is strengthening the “competition.” Growing the fruits and then giving them away? “educating kids and then kicking them out and sending them back to their home country only fuels the innovations and economies of America’s competitors ” Much to say the least I valued the statement “You can’t give someone an aspirin for a brain tumor,” it makes sense; and quite frankly it is a good metaphor for immigration issues today