Program to help Hispanics looks to add services
Rossy Gomez remembers her first job interview north of the Arizona-Mexico border with crystal clarity.
A college graduate and native of Mexico looking for work in the United States, she got an interview for a counter job at a McDonald's restaurant in a small border town.
She got the job, but Gomez realized during the interview that she wasn't going much higher up the career ladder unless she improved her English, a language she had studied for years in school.
She violated labor laws and probably committed ID fraud but realized that if she was going to continue to break the law she would have to learn better English.
Today, Gomez speaks nearly perfect English and runs her own business.
But she also spends much of her time trying to help other Hispanics overcome the same hurdles she encountered 17 years ago through El Programa de Ayuda. Ayuda means "help" in Spanish.
17 years in America and she speaks "nearly perfect" English?
A Hispanic advocacy group, El Programa helps Spanish-speaking immigrants adjust to Central Oregon by connecting them with essential services as well as educational and job opportunities.
In Mexico there doesn't exist the kind of social support network that is offered in many areas of the United States.
"Here the community and the state wants to help. But a lot of Hispanics don't know that," she said.
Yes we do, we are a very kind and generous nation. But we DON'T want to help illegal aliens live in our country!
The organization, which raised about $40,000 this year for all of its operational expenses, hopes to more than double its revenue next year.
The bulk of those dollars comes from a $30,000 Deschutes County grant.
This caught my eye because I had just responded to a comment from a previous post that indicated that the "rhetoric" against illegal aliens did not differentiate between the lawbreakers and Hispanics. I think that I am pretty clear that the people I have a problem with are the illegal aliens and my problem is that they, with their very presence, are breaking the law. But articles like this, where it is very clear that the people being helped are illegal aliens, insist on calling the lawbreakers "Hispanics."
Before you start calling me names I would like you to answer some common sense questions:
1. What age can you legally work?
2. If you were born in America should you be able to speak English by the time you reach that age?
3. What is one of the most common types of Visas to come to America with?
So if you can't speak English when you are looking for work then you probably weren't born in America. If you don't already have a job lined up then you are not here on a work visa. At this point I am willing to bet you $5 that the "job applicant" is an illegal alien.
But I guess the BendBulletin doesn't care to note the difference between American Hispanics and illegal aliens.