I’m originally from Mexico but have been living in the U.S. for the past 13 years.
If I had to describe myself, I would say that I’m strong. Not like having a notable position, but strong because I have a good heart and like to help my community. I think that nothing is impossible. If I believe something is the right thing to do, I’m not intimidated by opposition or powerful people - I still figure out a way to get it done.
To me, the most important people are those who are vulnerable. I don’t care where they’re from - North America, South America, Africa... I don’t care what religion they practice... If they need me, I will be there. Everyone is my neighbor.
My greatest concern right now is for the families being separated by deportation. We have to focus on saving families. We need clearer paths to citizenship and documentation because we are losing so many good people who bring about good change to this country.
My faith teaches me that everyone is my neighbor. Therefore, everyone’s well being is my concern. It also teaches me that my job is to do everything that I have in my hands - not to become overwhelmed and discouraged by bigger, farther things outside of my control - to work diligently with what God has put in my hands to do today.
If creating the future was in my hands, I would choose to educate people. To help them understand how to find and create opportunity. I would also create jobs for all people. Because all people deserve a better life. If people have a job and are educated their life completely changes. For me this is the most important thing.
ON WORKING FOR CHANGE
We do forums in the community with a lawyer and a policeman to help orient the community – to help them know if they have the option, and how to become documented. We also teach them what their rights ate when dealing with ICE.
So that people know if they have problems with ICE, How they can be saved if they’re doing the true and good things with their lives. That’s what were working on now. It’s a lot of things to do – it’s a big job – but somebody has to do it.