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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Brady Girl, Take Two

So, my Brady buddy came over this afternoon and filled out the application for Radio Arte's Salud program. This is the one that pays.

Here's my favorites from her answers:

Q. What would you say are some of the health issues facing immigrants today?

A. Immigrants are facing less chances in life. They don't have health insurance. This affects them because if they get sick or need to go the hospital real bad they will be the ones who have to pay the bill. They have less chances in other ways, too, because they will have to pay more than other students who go to college and have papers. If you were not born here then no good jobs are being put in your position, you must have papers to get paid like actual citizens. If immigrants want to go and visit their family they will not be able to get a visa for the simple reason that they were not born here. Just for being immigrants they have less chances in life. They get paid less, but have to pay more.

Q. You will be asked to be creative, write and even perform a script. Please use this section to tell us about any writing acting or theater experience you have had.

A. In my school my teacher gave every student a journal to write in, at least 5 entries and 10 sentences about anything we wanted. Every two weeks she collected it to read it and gave us a grade for it. We also had the opportunity to decorate it and add anything in it. I took at least 1 or 2 hours every night to add pictures or write about my day. I loved it so much (still do). But one day she collected it and it disappeared. Some one took it and I miss it so much, but it's gone. My teacher has told me several times that thanks to that journal I have improved my writing, that I have improved the most from all the 8th graders. I feel like I have improved. Now when I get an essay or any writing homework my imagination grows. I have so many things and ideas and details to add to my piece of writing. I have never acted before in my life but one thing I adore to do is watch novelas and see how awesome they act. I've tried to do how they do with more drama and it is better than the real actors on television. Actually one of my dreams in the future is being an actriz for a novela, it seems so nice to be on television.

2 comments:

Andrea said...

Immigrants are facing less chances in life. They don't have health insurance. [...] They will have to pay more than other students who go to college and have papers. If you were not born here then no good jobs are being put in your position, you must have papers to get paid like actual citizens. If immigrants want to go and visit their family they will not be able to get a visa for the simple reason that they were not born here.


She is describing illegal aliens, not immigrants. What honestly amazes me is that (1) she doesn’t seem to be aware of the difference and (2) you don’t point that out in this post.


It pains me to state the obvious, but even though I wasn’t “born here” I “have health insurance”, “get paid like actual citizens” and was “able to get a visa to go and visit family”.


Defenders of illegal immigration, who can’t or won’t see the difference between having “papers” and not having them, put off people (like me) who do and end up hurting their own cause.

Maritza said...

Andrea, thanks for reading the blog. There are two kinds of immigrants, those with legal status and those without. While that is an important difference, both groups of people are immigrants--people who left one country and entered another.

I'm glad for you that you were able to come to this country legally and could attain the right to work here legally. I have known people who were "illegal for a month" because of paperwork--their asylum status expired before their permanent residence kicked in, or something like that. Another person I know was "illegal" for a short period of time between when his last work visa expired and his renewal came. Someone else I know took an unexpected 15 years to attain residency here because his US citizen wife died one day short of their first anniversary. In short, I know quite a few people who have been caught in the bureaucracy around immigration in ways that make me think the difference between legal and illegal is not always so vast.

I also know that many people believe the current system of visa allotments is flawed and unfair, but I honestly don't know enough about it to take a position.

And as far as the comments posted by my young friend--who by the way is a US citizen--she has the right to speak her mind any way she pleases, just as you did here, too.

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