Hispanic residents tell their stories
In this occasional series starting today, The Daily Astorian examines the North Coast's growing Hispanic population and its presence in local communities.
At 18, Mari Valencia left her job at a chocolate factory near Mexico City and came to Astoria to finish her education, improve her job prospects and become more independent.
"People come to the U.S. if they're having a hard time making a living in Mexico," she said, through an interpreter.
Norma Hernandez, director of the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, said most Hispanic people came to the North Coast for financial reasons.
Their biggest problem is the inability to go back and forth to Mexico. They miss family back home.
"Going back is easy. Getting back in to the U.S. is not," the interpreter conveyed.
"Why is it hard to get back in" asked the reporter... oh wait, nevermind.
Fidel Hernandez and his wife came to Astoria from Puebla, Mexico, 15 years ago. Speaking through an interpreter, Hernandez said he's stayed in Astoria the entire time because he likes living here.
He's been here 15 years and doesn't speak English. But he does love America right?
And when asked what keeps him here, the reserved man said, "I have a lot of dreams. But mostly, money."
Nope, just greedy.
Some said they see the election of President Barack Obama as a sign that the political climate has changed, and there is hope for immigration reform.
I can't believe this puff piece. A bunch of illegal aliens get portrayed as representative of the Hispanic people and pretty much all confirm that they are here because they are greedy. The Daily Astorian doesn't have any follow up questions regarding being here illegaly or ask any Astorian who is unemployed what they think about Mexicans taking their jobs.
That the paper tries to portray a man who left his wife and three children abandoned in another country as somehow a good guy demonstrates how sick these liberals are.