All tagged latinos in the midwest
Getting a degree is not easy for a lot of immigrants, first generation graduates and for low income families. First, navigating through the system to sign up, llenar la FAFSA, escoger the right classes, the scholarships and all the resources that they often don't know about, etc. And then the difference in cultures, the pressure of finishing school and taking care of their families.
After not being able to talk to my family for six days, my mom finally called me from the Island. Hurricane Maria had just passed and she couldn't believe was she was seeing. I didn't know what had happened during that time so she started sending me pictures of what I thought was another country. I grew up in Puerto Rico; in these streets and I couldn't recognize any of them. My mom and sister came to stay with me in the Midwest after the hurricane and talked to me about their experience.
Alfonso was kidnapped in Venezuela and later taken to Colombia by the FARC. The FARC sustains their estilo de vida by kidnapping and ransom, illegal mining, extorsiones and the production and distribución of illegal drugs. Pero Alfonso’s kidnapping was more a plane robbery than un secuestro. So, why did he came to the Midwest?
An Immigration Center proposed to be built in Elkhart, Indiana, a city big on agriculture, mainly built on manufacturing and close to big areas with large Latino populations, represented a clear threat to Latinos in the area. Many protests halted the proposed center from coming along but people are still nervous about the possible outcome.