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What About Latinos?

El Diario La Prensa, Editorial, Elvira Arellano, Translated by Suzanne Manneh Posted: Feb 19, 2009

A child from a poor family and of little respect in his or her village will often receive little respect and attention in school. The same applies to people who come to the United States from a country that has not been respected by the U.S. government.

In Mexico, we heard Obamas interview with Chicagos famous radio talk show host, "El Pistolero", (Rafael Pulido), and it gave us great hopes for the president's commitment to immigration reform, especially for his opposition to the separation of families. But still, there is no timetable for this immigration reform, as the arrests and deportations continue every day. We see the evidence on the border everyday: peoples lives are shattered, children who are U.S. citizens are deported with their parents.

While the news is filled with statements from the new administration about China, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Iraq, India or Japan, there is not a word about Mexico, Latin America nor the Caribbean region.

The United States wealth has been accumulated based on the relationship of dominating countries south of its border. We are your largest trading partner and closest neighbor. Latin American countries are electing new governments each year who are working to redefine its relations with their powerful Northern neighbor.

In fact, when I returned to Mexico, I found that immigration has spread south to all Latin American countries, as migrants from poorer countries are seeking a better opportunity North of the border to survive.

The problem with immigration in the United States is the result of an unbalanced and unfair relationship that has existed for decades. And what little attention is paid to Haiti or Guatemala, or even to Mexico!

When I lived in the United States, I met young Latinos who did not even know the names of Latin American and Caribbean countries. When the people of our countries are portrayed in the media, it is often in the form of horrible stereotypes.

If Latinos in the United States, with or without papers, want us to respect them and give them fair treatment, then Latinos in the United States need to mobilize and help the countries they originated from, in attempts to redefine U.S. relations with Latin America.

I observe with admiration and envy the way that African Americans have fought for their countrymen so all races know the truth about Africa.

It is amazing how well they fought to end U.S. government support to the South African apartheid. It would be natural for Obama, with his own African background, to pay attention to his continent of origin.

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