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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:20 AM

Mexicans feeling persecuted flee U.S.

Source: CNN

In a remote town in northern Mexico, a 10-year-old-boy is struggling with his homework. His name is Oscar Castellanos and the fifth grader is getting extra help from his father because he's having trouble adjusting to his new school.

The student enrolled at Leona Vicario Elementary in the town of Cananea is technically a foreigner in his father's land. Oscar was born in Arizona and is a U.S. citizen. He recites the U.S. pledge of allegiance by memory without hesitation. His English accent is that of a boy raised in the American southwest.

Oscar's family moved back to Mexico after the state of Arizona approved some of the toughest immigration laws in the United States. Now they live in Cananea, a mining town of 30,000 located about 35 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border.

When asked if it's been difficult to adjust to life in Mexico his answer is "kind of." Pressed to elaborate, he adds that one of his main challenges is having "to speak another language."

Oscar says he misses the abundance of books available to him in his American schools. In Mexico, textbooks are free but finding additional reading material is often a challenge, especially in a provincial town that's a 23 hour drive from Mexico City.

Oscar's six-year-old sister Angie also is an American citizen. Just like her brother, she was born in Tucson, the second largest city in Arizona with a population of just over a half-a-million people.

When asked about the things she misses about the United States she mentions "the stores, bigger houses and parks."



Read more: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/26/world/americas/mexico-leaving-us/

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 12:20 PM

1. If Oscar Castellanos and his sister were born in Arizona and are US citizens, they aren't Mexicans

 

Mexican-Americans is the preferred nomenclature.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 01:02 PM

4. certainly their parents are. the children did not make the decision to leave the US. Parents did.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 12:26 PM

2. Somehow I remember the Sout Park episode with Mantiquilla

Viva La Mexico.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 12:52 PM

3. HOW SAD

 

I am glad that this did not happen to me. I did not learn English until I was 3 and my mother did not know very much Spanish. Some people thought my mother had kidnapped me since there was a language barrier. Three of my grand parents were not born in the USA. Not until I was in 6 grade that I could exceed in my education. I did manage to earn my BS and a 34 year career with the University of California.

This country has an asset which others do not have and that is we are a melting pot of different people. This adds to making this country much better than others. We some nuts think it would be better to limit other people from living in this country this will lead to this country becoming stagnate and not first class.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 03:00 PM

5. So how

 

Does the Arizona Law square with the U.S. Constitution if these kids are U.S. Citizens? I think there should be some amnesty and the parents be allowed to become U.S. citizens. I never paid attention to this issue, so I see where there does need to be some reform.

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Response to John2 (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:01 PM

7. The Arizona law would require that police report undocumenteds to the federal government.

Then it would be the responsibility of the administration to determine who requires deportation and who stays.

The folks in the story moved to Mexico voluntarily.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:22 AM

6. During the 1st Great Depression, immigrants fled the US too.

It's more likely an economic cause. But during depressions and recessions feelings toward immigrants are used as political weapons and stir up racial hatred. So, there is also an element of feeling hatred that makes immigrants flee during lousy economic times.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:59 PM

8. Sad that they felt they had to go. I hope the boy adjusts.

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