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  • Edición impresa de Mayo 16, 2017.

In the midst of many worries and hard times, there are signs of hope and victory. Every year at this time we start seeing the accomplishments of the students graduating from colleges and universities and in two weeks, high school graduates.

Due to the current immigration situation many of the graduates have been through a lot of uncertainty and it is quite an accomplishment to have been able to overcome their personal and family situation. Teachers cannot begin to comprehend the burden that many of those young students have been carrying during their day-to-day lives. In many instances the parents have been undocumented while providing for their families and always looking over their shoulder, fearing that at any moment they may be deported. In other cases the students themselves have been under the same fear.

It took courage to face life and accomplish success even though they have lacked the resources, peace of mind and favorable environment to fully develop their dreams. Nevertheless in spite of all the adversity, they studied and worked and were family members with additional tasks, more maybe than regular students have.

I think they are ready for real life. They have been dealing with real life all the way through their studies. They know about budgeting, sharing and making sacrifices in order to accommodate the needs of the family.

These young students know that a lot is expected of them. All the unfilled dreams of parents who never had proper schooling, or couldn’t accomplish a better life and all this time have been prompting the younger generation to move forward and get a better place in life.

When they first arrived teachers maybe thought they would not be able to study much, or be able to master the language, but they have. Even more they have developed bilingual abilities both culturally and linguistically, which makes them especially suited for today’s competitive world. They have proven to be resilient, and creative in order to handle the many different challenges they have faced all these years.

We saw many of them marching during the last demonstrations and there was determination and knowledge in their participation. There have been plenty of instances during the past years when the young people were the voice and advocacy of the entire immigrant community.

Their presence is a word of encouragement for all people, immigrants or not, who hope for future when young people will change the way we look at people and how we relate to them. They are full of compassion and understanding because they have suffered the injustices of laws that currently are obsolete and need to be changed.

There is a lot of hope placed on this new generation. We expect them to make a new world based on respect, love and care for others. A world where there will be a place for everyone regardless of his or her origin and race. A world where people who are different or disabled will be provided for and will have opportunities and nurturing.

Congratulations new graduates and families!

 


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