Undocumented Immigrants and Their Dreams

By Faye Higbee

Undocumented Immigrants and their dreams

There were two class valedictorians in Texas who were undocumented immigrants. We wrote about the first one, but the second one I left even though it was “trending” on Facebook.

Do you hate Mexicans?

Someone challenged me the other day by asking me if I hated Mexicans because I didn’t write about the other one. Since that’s silly, and especially in my case where we have one extended family member who is from there and had to go home when his visa expired, I decided to take the challenge and do an article.

Undocumented valedictorian

Larissa Martinez stood up in front of her 2016 graduating class  at McKinney Boyd High School in Texas and revealed that she is an undocumented immigrant.

Her case is significantly different that of the previous one. She and her mother came to the U.S. on a tourist visa, and they have been waiting for 7 years for their citizenship papers to go through. She also says she and her mother are here to be a part of America.

The first young woman was openly arrogant and posted the Mexican flag on her Twitter account. Larissa was not.

RawStory reported,

At the age of 11, she was still living in Mexico City with her abusive alcoholic father. One year later, she moved to McKinney, Tex. with her mother after entering the country through a tourist visa. In addition to the struggles that come to adapting to a new culture, Martinez said she also had to spend a lot of time helping raise her little sister while her mother worked all day.

It was after this that she revealed that she is “one of the 11 million undocumented immigrants who’s living in the shadows of the United States.”

Obviously this young woman has the fortitude to work hard, and comes from a difficult and painful past. Many Mexicans who have come here in the past to work also displayed an inner strength and determination.

But she also took a swipe at Donald Trump when she said,

“America can be great again without the construction of a wall built on hatred and prejudice.” Larissa Martinez

Coming to America

Any immigrant from any country that comes to America needs to become part of America if they are going to stay. Not part of their past, but part of their future. Their past country did not fulfill their dreams, that’s why they left it to come here.

Competition for the benefits Larissa has been given is shut down simply by her undocumented status, which means that qualified US citizens are often left out.  It cost our daughter thousands of dollars in loans to go to medical school- she had a high GPA as well. But she got no favors, no benefits. She is now a doctor with outstanding loans that she must pay back. Larissa is getting hers at a prestigious Ivy League College…free.

Larissa is not a criminal or terrorist immigrant, but they still exist

In the case of Muslim immigrants, some of them are coming here to kill us, as we have seen in recent days.

Trump is correct about many Mexican immigrants who have taken advantage of the open borders to also commit crimes. Many criminals have been released back into the population. The murder of Kathryn Steinle is just one case in point.

Ms. Martinez cannot see why we need a “wall” because she is emotionally invested in it. Yes, we can see that she’s smart and articulate. Yes, she is a human being. But not all who come here have altruistic motives.

Is our immigration system broken? Absolutely. She is undocumented because their paperwork is taking years to process. Which is ridiculous. But the Federal government is too large and cumbersome at this point in history.

Borders – the truth

Border Security is paramount at this juncture. A young woman like Larissa probably can’t see that from her perspective. With millions of immigrants pouring across our southern and northern borders, States are strapped for the money to handle them all, and the federal government doesn’t care. They just print money and spend it, which only has one result: disaster.

It’s why 26 states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over their immigration policy- the SCOTUS should be hearing that case this summer.

It has nothing whatever to do with individuals, it has to do with the future of the nation. The country that gave this young woman the chance to go to Yale must be protected.

The wall is not about “hate and prejudice”

So is that wall built on hate and prejudice? No, it’s for security. Trump has many Hispanic supporters, and we’ve written about Hispanic veterans who support him all the way.

So to the question…do I hate Mexicans? No. I hate the open border policies of the United States by an administration that seems to be oblivious to the protection of the citizens of our nation. I don’t like the idea that “undocumented” students get perks that our own citizens can’t obtain. Do I hate Larissa Martinez? No.

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