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Nota: este es un artículo auspiciado por Coca-Cola pero todas las opiniones y consejos reflejan mis propias opiniones.

La educación superior siempre ha sido un tema muy importante en mi vida y uno que nunca descarte a pesar de pasar por unas circunstancias difíciles en este país de grandes oportunidades. Siempre obtuve el apoyo emocional e incondicional de mi familia y aunque monetariamente no pudieron aportar mucho les estoy agradecido por no dejar que tirara la toalla en diferentes ocasiones.

El camino que tome para obtener una Maestría en Periodismo no fue nada fácil porque me encontré con obstáculos financieros, personas que no creían en mí y muchas puertas que se me cerraron. Pero cuando se quiere algo en la vida nada es imposible porque son más fuertes las ganas lo que nos lleva a obtener lo que nos proponemos.

Entiendo del estrés económico por el cual muchas de nuestras familias latinas viven cuando tienen que pagar los gastos de sus hijos/as para la universidad y ahora imagínense la carga que conlleva para un estudiante de limitados recursos y de padres migrantes. Las estadísticas muestran que es mucho más difícil para un estudiante de primera generación forjar su educación superior. Los recursos son mucho más limitados.

Muchas veces no veía la luz y me preguntaba: “¿Lo que estoy haciendo vale la pena y esto me garantiza un mejor futuro?

Mi respuesta inmediata siempre fue: “SI, lo es”.

Honestamente digo que fui “bendecido” con muchas becas que pagaron por todos mis estudios en la universidad y cuando ingrese a estudiar mi Maestría. Nada hubiese sido posible sin la ayuda económica y la confianza de corporaciones, organizaciones y personas que “SI” creyeron en mí.

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Realice mucha investigación de becas disponibles para estudiantes en la misma situación que yo. Mi trabajo de “part-time” fue aplicar a un sinfín de becas y algunas veces fui negado y otras veces mi regalo fue un cheque que pago por mis estudios.

Creo que muchas veces nos encerramos en un mundo de inseguridades, nos hacemos pequeños y no valoramos nuestro potencial y es allí donde fallamos siempre.

Sin embargo, me da mucho gusto ver que una vez más, Coca-Cola se une al Fondo de Becas Hispano (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) para ayudar a las familias hispanas a alcanzar sus sueños y aspiraciones de educación superior, como parte del Programa Nacional de Becas #ForTheDream.

Soy uno de los miles de ejemplos de como yo logre mis sueños y el sueño de que mis padres me vieran con un título universitario gracias a corporaciones como Coca-Cola. El mejor regalo para ellos fue verme caminar la tarima el día de mis graduaciones y ver todo lo que había logrado con esfuerzo, trabajo y dedicación. Esos días nunca los olvidare porque fueron algunos de los más felices momentos de mi vida.

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Coca-Cola esta donando $150.000 al Fondo de Becas Hispano para ser entregados a través de becas a estudiantes que califican. Las aplicaciones están siendo aceptadas hasta el 30 de marzo de 2016.

El programa #ForTheDream de Coca-Cola empodera a las familias hispanas a prepararse, planear y pagar por la universidad de sus adolescentes, e inspira a los estudiantes hispanos a perseguir sus sueños de educación superior y convertirse en futuros líderes.

Padres de familia si tienen un hijo/a en el último o penúltimo año de la secundaria o “high school”, no es demasiado tarde para que pueda asistir a la universidad.

Lo que yo sugiero es que nunca se queden callados y si no saben algo hagan preguntas ya sea a un asesor o “guidance counselor” para que les diga sus opciones. Un asesor puede ser el de la misma high school a la cual sus hijo/a van o hay personas que se dedican a esto tiempo completo.

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También hay ayuda financiera y préstamos para los que se puede aplicar si la familia califica para ello. Muchas veces se toma en consideración el ingreso de la familia entre otros factores.

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A pesar de que la matriculación de estudiantes hispanos se ha incrementado considerablemente en las últimas dos décadas, esta población se encuentra rezagada frente a otros grupos en cuando a diplomas obtenidos. Esta situación puede deberse a la presión que tienen algos estudiantes latinos de proveer ayuda financiera a sus familias antes de graduarse. Como parte de su compromiso con la comunidad Hispana, el Programa Nacional de Becas de Coca-Cola y HSF #ForTheDream aspira a fortalecer a las familias hispanas para que puedan poner a sus adolescentes en la vía rápida hacia la universidad.

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Coca-Cola entiende la importancia que las familias hispanas ponen en la educación, y quiere ayudarlas a prepararse, planificar y pagar la universidad, mientras que impulsa a los estudiantes latinos a alcanzar sus metas de educación superior.

Únete a la conversación y entérate de las novedades en las redes sociales con el hashtag #ForTheDream y sigue a la compañía que nos trae esta fabulosa oportunidad @CocaCola

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Para más información, por favor visite: coke.com/ForTheDream

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Recuerden que aunque un título universitario no garantiza el éxito profesional si es la puerta para obtener un mejor futuro. Es importante entender que deberíamos en nuestras comunidades latinas empezar a ahorrar para el futuro de los hijos desde que nacen y tal vez no gastar en lujos, cosas materiales o hasta en fiestas como por ejemplo quinceañeras que definitivamente no les dará la vida que siempre soñaron.

¿Qué tan importante es la educación superior en tu familia? ¿Cómo estas preparando a tus hijo/as a que tengan un futuro brillante y lleno de educación?

¡Mucha Suerte!

El Presentador de Noticias y Ganador de Premios Emmy Jorge Ramos Reflexiona en un Nuevo Libro sobre sus 30 años de carrera Periodistica.

Sin miedo será lanzado simultáneamente en español y en inglés el 15 de marzo de 2016. 

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Celebra, un sello editorial del Grupo Editorial Berkley, parte de Penguin Random House, lanzará un nuevo libro del premiado periodista y presentador de noticias Jorge Ramos. Lo anterior fue anunciado el día de hoy por el vicepresidente de Celebra y editor Raymond García. SIN MIEDO: lecciones de rebeldes será publicado simultáneamente en español y en inglés el 15 de marzo de 2016.

Jorge Ramos, el ganador de premios Emmy, columnista nacional y autor de diversos libros éxitos de venta, es reconocido por su labor al frente de los noticieros de Univision desde 1986. Además de la edición nocturna del Noticiero Univision, Jorge Ramos también conduce Al Punto, el semanario de la cadena televisiva sobre asuntos de interés público. Es, además, conductor en Fusion, una sociedad conjunta de ABC y Univision, y escribe semanalmente una columna que es distribuida por la agencia de prensa del New York Times. Jorge Ramos fue noticia recientemente después de haber sido expulsado de una conferencia de prensa de Donald Trump en Iowa luego de que confrontara al candidato a la presidencia acerca de su postura con respecto a la inmigración.

Ramos es ampliamente reconocido por su forma franca y sin limitaciones de entrevistar a líderes mundiales, titanes de los negocios, legisladores democráticos y dictadores que amenazan con destruir esos principios. En SIN MIEDO, Ramos recupera entrevistas pioneras realizadas durante sus más de treinta años de carrera periodística. Al relatar entrevistas con personalidades de la talla del presidente Barack Obama, la ministra de la Corte Suprema de Justicia Sonia Sotomayor, Spike Lee, Barbara Walters y Fidel Castro, entre otros, comparte algunas historia por primera vez y ofrece una perspectiva única acerca de temas que afectan al mundo contemporáneo. Franco y a veces controvertido, Ramos arroja luz sobre los asuntos que importan a los hispanos, el mayor grupo minoritario de este país. Estos asuntos sin duda alguna influirán no sólo en los resultados de las elecciones presidenciales de 2016 sino también en el futuro de Estados Unidos.

“Ser periodista es hoy tan intenso como lo era cuando comencé, y me entusiasma poder hacerlo todos los días. Durante treinta años he conocido a las personalidades más interesantes de todas partes del mundo. Cada una me ha enseñado algo, acerca de mí y acerca del mundo en el que vivimos”, dijo Ramos.

La revista Time incluyó a Jorge Ramos en su lista de las “100 personas de mayor influencia” y lo calificó como uno de “los veinticinco hispanos más influyentes en Estados Unidos”. People en Español lo hizo parte de su primera lista de los 50 hispanos más influyentes. Nacido en la Ciudad de México, Jorge Ramos vive en Estados Unidos desde hace más de veinticinco años y aparece con regularidad en las cadenas de televisión más grandes dando voz a los derechos de los inmigrantes.

¿Cuentame, estaras comprando su nuevo libro SIN MIEDO?

Credito de texto y fotografia: The Dream Team Agency

I recently communicated with Sabrina Enriquez a student at the University of Southern California and the author and creator for the Student Resource Guide that was published on the Undergraduate Student Government website at USC. Honestly when I learned about the guide being published it gave me the good kind of chills that this made it out on a USC website because I know first-hand the struggles that any undocumented student goes through while attending higher education at that university. I applaud Sabrina for taking the lead on this project, which I foresee clearing-up many doubts and questions that some students may have.

The first version of the guide is officially live. To my understanding, there will be revisions to it to include more updated resources.

Take a look here:

http://usg.usc.edu/undocumented-student-resource-guide/ 

The U.S. Department of Education released a Resource Guide to help schools, colleges, teachers, and other personnel support the college and career success of undocumented youth in secondary and post-secondary settings! This is a huge victory for all undocumented students & families, and organizations that made this happen. Remember that ALL students can go to college, regardless of immigration status. Download the Resource Guide here: http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/focus/supporting-undocumented-youth.pdf

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As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 in the United States which is where I live, and it’s a time when people recognize the contributions of Hispanics and Latino Americans to the U.S. and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture I have done some deep reflection on my mixed-family status and confusing upbringing.

I enjoy learning about Latinos who have made significant contributions to the U.S. and I won’t start with the list of my favorites because we all have our own, but in the end we can all agree that there’s just not enough of them out there. And if there is I believe there’s not someone that we can relate to or has a similar story to ours.

As I sit here typing the following lengthy lines I ask myself some serious questions: Looking back at my life, is it okay that I celebrate my Latino heritage, which I am so proud of, but in a society that doesn’t fully accept me along with 11 million other immigrants? Or should these undocumented immigrants that sometimes feel torn between two worlds not celebrate? Yes, I understand I may be thinking overly out of the box or being extremely irrational, but it’s a sentiment that has been with me for the last several days.

Plus it’s a feeling that I cannot avoid to talk about when immigration has been at the forefront of national headlines almost daily, or at least it has been since Mr. Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President of the U.S.

Let me give you some background on my life. I was born in a “pueblo” called Jerez de Garcia Salinas in Zacatecas, Mexico. My parents are from a small “rancho” called “Los Reales” from that same state, which by the way I’ve heard is beautiful. My parents got married in “Los Reales”and came to the U.S. with their 5 children (including me – the youngest) in 1992. I went to school in California. I graduated from private schools for my Bachelors and Masters degrees here as well and have yet to return to Mexico. Yes, exactly 23 years that I haven’t gone back from when I arrived in September 16, 1992.

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4 years old in Zacetecas, MX.

To a certain extent I’ve had certain advantages, but hold on not really if I have worked my butt off, or some people would dare to tell me that I’ve had it easy. Easy in what way?

In high school I always pushed myself to be out of my comfort zone and to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses that none of my Latino peers would take, I was involved in activities and organizations with people that didn’t have the same upbringing as myself. Though, I looked like them because people always assume that I am Anglo or “white” by my light-skin and hidden Spanish accent, sometimes.

I was enrolled in AP courses because I wanted more for myself and dreamed of attending a 4-year university, but it was a struggle because I was learning material and history where Latinos were not a part of. There were never Latinos being brought up in textbooks or in discussions. My participation in the classroom was minimal because I was always intimidated by those who were more intelligent and I felt like my comments or feedback didn’t provide substance to a discussion because I couldn’t relate. Being the only Latino in a setting has always been a common denominator in many different situations in my life—still today.

I went off to a 4-year university and that same common denominator played out there as well. I attended college and it was there where my feelings of not belonging came into play even stronger because the amount of Latinos was low. We were the minority. I was there on a full-ride scholarship for which I will always feel blessed and appreciative, but I would question if I really deserved that as a Latino who many times in high school felt discouraged because of his background.

There’s always been this side of me that has continued to feel out place, unwelcome and many times simply confused as to how society puts so many restraints on having us reach our full potential and not to mention the negative stereotypes they categorize immigrants under. Yes, I know I preach motivation on my social media, but you know sometimes, like now, you dig deeper into your thoughts and you begin to realize that you’ve been trapped between two confusing worlds.

The two worlds make me question if I am American already since I have lived 23 years (wow, a lifetime) in this country without ever returning to my home country or if am I Mexican because I was born there, it’s in my blood and that’s where my family is from?

But, I can’t be American if I don’t possess proper legal documents to say that I’ve been accepted into this country. What constitutes being an American? A legal document that makes you entitled, which I don’t have or simply living and breathing a life in this country and partaking in all traditions, holidays, celebrations and lifestyle here?

Or, am I only Mexican, but I’ve lived in the states pretty much all my life? I won’t ask anymore questions.

I recognize that at times I have been blessed beyond my imagination and I’ve been placed in situations where I’ve had people support me fully and such was the case when I studied a Masters in another private institution, but again there I questioned my complete racial identity because I was the only Latino in some of my lecture rooms and at times there was no place where I felt safe. Yes, I had allies and supporters which I am still grateful for, but that sentiment of being torn between two worlds still existed.

Now I work in the auto industry in yet another setting where the majority of people don’t have the same background as mine. Sometimes I can’t relate nor feel comfortable with my co-workers when I participate in international meetings with associate’s overseas or in the office, find it difficult to learn lingo and abbreviations that I had never heard before, partake in projects that are completely new to me and simply not have someone that understands my background is terrifying at times.

I’ve embraced change and I know it’s good, but I feel I wasn’t well equipped for some of my life experiences, but I guess the saying, “you live and learn” applies here.

I know I have done a lot, but I am my worst enemy because I expect so much of myself, such as always wanting to give 150% and that’s such a bad quality to have if it is not managed rationally.

It’s such an odd feeling that thankfully now I have begun to learn how to manage, but at first when I started working in a completely new setting at my current role I would ask myself, “Why am I here? No one understands where I come from? Am I worth being here when I do not have the same background as so many people here?” But, I have learned to adapt and accept that I was chosen for my diversity that I bring to the table and should be more appreciative of the company that has welcomed me.

Though through all this it still leaves me hanging and having me ask the same question from above about it being okay to celebrate my Latino heritage if I’ve never visited Mexico and all I know about it is what I have learned from my family, friends and information I research on the internet. It could just be me, but I just find it interesting how I could be so proud of something if I have never been immersed in it. Don’t misinterpret my lines, I love my heritage and background, but why must I still feel so lost between the two worlds? Will I ever come to fully understand my position?

Maybe I am over-analyzing my whole situation, but I know there must be a reason why I have come up with this analytical post and maybe one person can relate.

Yes, I love my traditional Mexican food, listening to “banda” and “corridos” music, drinking tequila, going to “charreadas and rodeos,” celebrating Mexican holidays such as “Rosca de Reyes” and “Dia de los Muertos” and speaking Spanish, but I am also a full participant of celebrating 4th of July, watching the Super Bowl, celebrating Thanksgiving, speaking English, eating American food, listening to country music and the life that I have built in a country that has given me so much.

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27 years old in California, U.S.

I don’t see myself moving back to Mexico, although it’s crossed my mind many times, but for what, what kind of future can I expect there? Don’t get me wrong I want to visit on a vacation and fully immerse myself into its gastronomy, history, colorful “pueblos”, beautiful topography, music and everything it has to offer, that is one of my dreams.

I promise to stop giving myself such a hard time for being an — undocumented immigrant like many of you. What for? We belong here – in the land of immigrants that has shaped this country for the best.

Furthermore, I deny the fact that I have betrayed my home country because it was not a decision that I took. It was a decision that was taken by my parents and family.

I will stop questioning if I should celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month because I should for all of those that have contributed so much to this great society. I will work on myself and when the time comes, one day, when I have fully immersed into both worlds that will no longer be broken I will be celebrating some of the bigger contributions that I was able to give back to this country that has given me boundless opportunities.

I will start by fully embracing going into meetings with VP’s, Executives and Corporate Managers where it’s very corporate-like and we’re all dressed-up in suits to shifting to another world that is also mine of stepping into my Mexican home with mom’s specialty and delicious Mexican dishes, where the main language that is spoken there is Spanish, in the background you can hear “telenovelas” playing and where it always feels like there’s 100 people speaking when there’s only 5 of us. Lol

I continue to stay hopeful for a positive change in American society where we are no longer marginalized and are given the opportunity to reach our full potential. One day I will be able to say that I am fully American when I receive the necessary documents that will back me up legally and fully Mexican when I can go back to my roots. For now I will fully embrace and accept this opportunity that has me lost between two worlds because this feeling, I know, is temporary.

And to you reading this blog never allow anyone bring you down. Stay proud of your unique story, your heritage and your culture because no one can take that away from you. You are who you make yourself to be and no one can ever change that. I have always felt proud of my background, I’ve had questions and doubts –yes, but have never buried my pride.

Maybe my story will help a person going through a similar situation and I want you to know that things do get better. But sometimes you must go through the worst to get to that positive point, but it happens. And when you do you’ll learn to value everything 10 times more and the experiences that have shaped you.

I will erase the concept “ni de aqui, ni de alla” from my head and will remind myself that I belong in both worlds even if they seem confusing and torn at the moment!

As I was watching live news coverage of Pope Francis’ visit in Washington D.C., a little girl caught my attention.

Today the world will be talking about this immigrant child and how she was able to see Pope Francis face-to-face.

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A man named Raul told Telemundo he was an immigrant and the father of the little girl named “Sofie.” He said he and his family were hoping to get a glimpse of Pope Francis as he passed by them on a Washington D.C. street lined with thousands of people.

Raul’s daughter broke through heavy security in excitement as the Pope mobile got closer. Secret Service and the Pope’s security tried to get Sofie back behind the barricades, but she kept trying to get the Pope’s attention as his vehicle drove by.

Pope Francis saw Sofie and waved security to bring her to him. Security quickly rushed the girl to the Pope and he gave her a soft hug and kiss on the head. Sofie wrapped her little arm around his neck. Then as security placed her back on the ground on her feet, the little girl quickly turn back to the pope and handed him a letter.

Her father told Telemundo that the letter was asking Pope Francis to help all immigrant children in the world. He said that immigrants in the U.S. need protection from violence, racism and especially against people who have hate for immigrants. Sofie’s father told Telemundo that he is an immigrant who goes out to work everyday, and works hard to provide for his family.

One tenacious little girl has touched the heart of Pope Francis and has spoken for immigrant children and their families struggling today in the U.S.

Sofie has made a difference.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about Sofie and her family for days to come.

Text Credit: Rebecca Aguilar

Immigrants come from all over the world to the US, and they are a hugely important part of the US economy. The types of jobs immigrants take varies from place to place.

The American Community Survey is run annually by the Census Bureau and asks about many aspects of American life. We took a look at the interaction between two questions from the survey: a question asking where respondents were born and a question about which occupation the respondent had.

We worked with individual-level responses from 2013, assembled and processed by the Minnesota Population Center’s Integrated Public Use Microdata Series program. We found the most commonly held occupation among people who responded that they were born in a country other than the US:

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Text and photo courtesy of Business Insider.

Xochitl Lopez, a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School in Los Angeles, is not allowed to speak Spanglish around her 73-year-old grandfather or she will be reprimanded.

Lopez’s grandfather expects all of his grandchildren to speak in one language at a time. He does not like it when Spanish and English words are mixed.

“He tells me that everyone who uses the two languages in a sentence or translates words incorrectly is insulting both languages,” Lopez said.

Spanglish is a hybrid between English and Spanish words switched back and forth between the languages. It is also known as code-switching.

Incorrect literal translations are also examples of Spanglish. For instance, “to park a car” is usually translated to “parquear el carro,” but the correct translation for parking is “estacionar.”

Though Spanglish has been around for some time, the young are taking it to a whole new level and that is troubling, said Dr. Eugenia Mora, an expert on bilingual education and associate professor at USC Rossier School of Education.

“I have seen it become the norm in first generation college students and current high school students as they begin to lose the sophisticated levels of Spanish and English,” Mora said. “I think it is currently legitimate in the context of language learning and should not be when trying to preserve the Spanish language for future generations.”

Like Lopez, there are many first generation students in the U.S. who constantly mix their two worlds and two languages — Spanish, their language since birth, and English, which they learn at school and use to socialize with others.

The group of Spanglish speakers has now become too large for media companies and advertisers to ignore, resulting in new outreach techniques in order to attract the young.

“Spanglish is now more widely accepted,” said Cristina Burgos, a marketing expert and author of the blog Life in Spanglish. “That’s why you see and hear more of it on TV, online, print and radio. It totally makes sense that [Spanglish] has been embraced for marketing and branding.”

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the Hispanic population is over 50 million and accounted for more than half of the 27.3-million population increase in the last 10 years, reported the LA Times.

In California alone over 50% of children are Hispanic, reported the LA Times.

News corporations such as mun2, Telemundo and Univision– which at one point primarily delivered Spanish content– have made a shift to offer more Spanglish coverage because they have studied the demographics, Burgos said.

Burgos considers Spanglish neither good nor bad, but simply a reflection of how the “new” language has transformed into a hybrid among Latinos that will influence the future of the U.S.

“Socially I’m more comfortable speaking Spanglish today than before,” Burgos said. “It’s more acceptable to use it and there are more Latinos that talk this way. Los Angeles is the Spanglish capital of the world.”

For Lopez, Spanglish comes naturally because she was exposed to that form of communication by her mom and uncles since she was a child.

“When I cannot remember the word that I am looking for fast enough I’ll speak Spanglish and start mixing words,” Lopez said. “Spanglish has never been something odd for me and I hear it everywhere I go.”

Throughout the years, Spanglish has become a regular part of Lopez’s identity.

I’ll be talking with my amigas (friends) and then we start talking about ropa (clothes), boys, fiestas (partys) and what we want to do en el futuro (in the future) and before we know it we are hablando (speaking) Spanglish,” Lopez explained.

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