Take a moment and look at this picture.
What do you see?
What don't you see?
You can't tell my ethnicity or my race, but...
You can tell that I am a human being.
SOY UNA PERSONA.
I am a person.
Think about that.
Let it sink in.
I am a living, breathing, human being just like you and your LOVED ones/tus amores.
Now imagine your loved ones getting stripped away from you.
Think of how your parents came to this country to start a new life. A life that would help you become successful in the future.
They worked seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset,
for you. for the family. para la familia.
Your parents, these thoughtful and selfless people risked their lives to come to an "amazing and opportunistic country" (or so they thought) to have a better life.
Your parents, gone.
ICE took them away. America took them away.
They're at a country that they barely know now. For years, decades, they've been living in the US. They are strangers in the countries they were born.
Now, they have to redo their lives, and you...
You are left alone. With no parents. No one there for you.
This is the harsh reality that is happening in the United States. Due to the bill that is being passed in Texas, local law enforcement officers will be able to ask people about their immigration status during an arrest or a lawful detention, like a routine traffic stop. Texas has sanctuary cities which limits their cooperation with the national government, meaning that these cities protect illegal immigrants and are not able to ask for proof of immigration status, but NOW they are able to do so. Unfortunately, the local officers that do not comply with federal requests could be tried with a misdemeanor or jail time. Basically, they have no choice but to comply.
This will mean that the local officers will be targeting people who are "racially different;" therefore, practicing racial discrimination. Texas has a large population of Hispanics and Latinos, and this law will unfairly target people who look Mexican, Central American, and South American. Even if you are born in the United States and you look Hispanic or Latino you will be asked for proof of citizenship/status. These people (Hispanic or Latino, citizen or not) will feel hunted and afraid. I understand that there are undocumented people living in the United States who are committing crimes, and these are the people who should be deported, but those who came to this country for a better future shouldn't. Those who dreamt of the American Dream, and made it a reality, those who pay taxes (yes they pay taxes!), and that feel like they are American because they have been living in the US for more than 5 years.. they should not be targeted. Trump is all talk, he says he's targeting those who are criminals, but EVERYONE, TODOS, who don't have their papers are essentially a criminal for coming to the US undocumented and illegally. It is not fair that these people are getting separated from their families. The only crime they committed is having a dream to come to the US and change their lives for the greater good.
Their only crime was making the "American Dream" a reality.
El crimén que cometieron fue hacer el sueño americano una realidad.
This "American Dream" that they would talk about in their country with their families, late at night or in the mornings during coffee time, or even at work. They thought America was an amazing place full of open doors, opportunities, and equality, but it's not...
Recently, America has been full of hatred, discrimination, and racism. America is divided. America is not United.
There has been multiple incidents caught on video on how White Americans have been racistly ranting because HUMAN BEINGS were speaking Spanish, and in fact were bilingual.
Here are some comments these White Americans said:
"Speak English b*tch, this is America"
"Damn with Mexicans that do not learn the language of the world"
"Back to Mexico"
"I'll do more to your Mexican kids, and I'll send them back to Mexico"
"They need to go back from where they belong, they come here to live and act like everybody else"
"Just because you come from another country it don't make you nobody, nobody"
"Speak English, you're in America, if you don't know it, learn it"
"Are you here illegally?"
Comment on FB, "If we had a real life purge I would kill as many Mexicans as I could in one night"
This is Trump's creation. He has allowed people to publicly state their opinion, even if it is offensive, racist, hateful, hurtful, cruel, disgusting, discriminative, shocking, and rude. He has created an intense amount of hate in the US.
So, thank you Trump.
Thank you for creating hatred.
Thank you for not having empathy for these undocumented immigrant who came to the US thinking it would be full of love and a garden full of roses.
Now, look at this picture.
You can see that I'm Latina. You can see that I'm Hispanic.
Will you judge me now?