The Other Face of America: Chronicles of the Immigrants Shaping Our Future

The Other Face of America: Chronicles of the Immigrants Shaping Our Future

Jorge Ramos

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0060938242

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Immigrants in America are at the heart of what makes this country the most prosperous and visionary in the world. Writing from his own heartfelt perspective as an immigrant, Jorge Ramos, one of the world’s most popular and well-respected Spanish-language television news broadcasters, listens to and explores stories of dozens of immigrants who decided to change their lives and risk everything -- families, jobs, history, and their own culture -- in order to pursue a better, freer, and opportunity-filled future in the United States.In his famously clear voice, Jorge Ramos brings to life the tales of individuals from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, among other countries, and explains why they first immigrated, what their dreams are, how they deal with American racism, and what they believe their future in America will hold for them and their children.

From the Vieques controversy to the "Spanglish" phenomenon to the explosion of Latino creativity in the arts, Ramos shows that there is a new face in America -- one whose colors and countries of origin are as diverse as the country it has adopted as home.

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the air was this: Are the grandmothers acting of their own will, or are they receiving instructions, directly or indirectly, from Fidel Castro’s government? If they were truly acting independently, then what was Cuban ambassador Fernando Ramírez doing so close to the U.S. Congressman’s office where the meeting with the grandmothers was taking place? Suddenly, on Monday, January 24, the strategy changed, and Raquel and Mariela boarded a private jet—one of those that costs an average of $2,200 per

not much better. On February 9, the New York Times reported that Lázaro, Elián’s great uncle, who had temporary custody of the boy at the time, had been fined on at least two occasions for driving under the influence in the 1990s, and his Florida driver’s license had been suspended for three years. (Lázaro later completed a rehabilitation program.) According to the same newspaper, Lázaro’s brother, Delfín, a regular visitor to his home, had also been arrested at least twice for drunken driving.

to Cuba and to his father. Craig had traveled to Havana and met with Elián’s father before taking the case. His law firm, Williams and Connolly, was one of the most famous and expensive in Washington, charging a minimum of $400 per hour. Judge Moore’s decision would come just days later, on Tuesday, March 21. As many had expected, Moore decided that Elián could 88 / THE OTHER FACE OF AMERICA not request political asylum because he was a minor, and the only person who could speak for him was

represent them, and when they don’t think something is right, they complain. We cannot, however, criticize them for this; on the contrary, if only the MexicanAmerican community were as influential in Los Angeles, Chicago, or San Antonio as the Cuban-American community is in south Florida. I have been living in Miami for more than a decade, and to be honest, there are times when I don’t share the same ideas as my Cuban neighbors. I am sure I would find this in any other city with other groups. My

opportunities, and in the United States all they want is to live in peace, without the threat of deportation. It is not a lot to ask; it is what has been given to other groups in similar circumstances. That is why thousands of Colombians are trying to pressure the U.S. government through protests and signatures, so that they grant them TPS, a special immigration condition requested by the president himself, in order to temporarily prevent the risk of being deported. It is hard to determine how

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