When emigrating to any place you always carry a double load. You face different struggles in everyday life in the new place, as you learn the new language, adapt to new customs and culture at the same time that you miss your own country.
But not only do you have to face the reality here, but also the one from your place of origin. You left behind relatives and friends and you know that they are suffering difficult situations due to political violence, scarcity and lack of opportunities.
The immigrant tries to keep up with surviving here while also sending money to the family he/she left behind, always acknowledging that people there need all the help they can get.
If there is a continuous political unrest along with open violence like in Venezuela, Honduras, Colombia and other places, the individual knows that there is no way back in the near future. For many people, coming to United States was not and option, but an imposed necessity to survive and move ahead.
In the old days people could dream of traveling elsewhere because they had a plan to study something special or they wanted to know a specific place better, for instance-England to know more about the English literature and history. Nowadays people are leaving third world countries because their economies have been ruined by the influence of international companies who take the resources and impoverish the regions.
Before, after a period of the maximum of 3 or 4 years, people would go back to their country to share their knowledge and to return to the familiar faces, smells and tastes that had built their personality. Today, the immigrant, like the slave in days past, is linked to work that is not invigorating, and has to live in a place that keeps telling him/her that they are not wanted, even though their work is necessary.
In any case we have to remember that the presence of immigrants is necessary for all the places they patronize; the schools they or their children attend, the banks where they save their money, the stores where they buy, and everyplace they go to.
That means that many jobs depend on the presence of those immigrants. If they leave there will be less clients, students, patients, and people to care for.
Middle class America depends on the presence of the immigrants, but not only middle class. If we take into consideration that most factories are operating with the work of both documented and plenty of undocumented workers, we have to realize that the enormous richness that is accumulated in this country, also has been contributed to by the hands and work of many immigrants.
The next time someone calls on you to support immigrants, DACA, or TPS immigrants or plain undocumented individuals, think about how much you benefit from their presence, so that in giving your support you acknowledge that you are also aiding yourself, your finances and well being.
We are all linked in life and if one part of society deteriorates, we will also suffer the consequences. So, let’s be honest! I will support you because I need you, do you need others?
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