Education and immigration are top concerns for Latinos
By Arooj Ashraf, La Prensa Correspondent
Cleveland: Yvette McGee Brown, candidate for Lieutenant
Governor, met with Latino leaders and youth at Julia De
Burgos Center on July 16, 2010 to learn about the
community’s concerns. She was urged to pay close attention to
education and immigration reform.
“My job is to be a sponge, I want to learn about what is
happening in your community,” said Brown.
Yvette McGee Brown
said raising graduation rate is a key priority and countering
hurdles of language deficiency, socioeconomic and lack of
familial support or interest. “Many of these students are first
generation to complete high school or attend college,” he said.
Brown questioned what other factors contribute to the lack of
interest in staying in school, “In my experience, when a child
is having trouble in school there is something happening at home
that involves abandonment,” she said.
In response Miguel Hernández, a junior at Lincoln West
High School, said the lack of role models, interest and
encouragement are key reasons many of his peers dropped out. “If
people like you continue to talk to us and guide us we will stay
in school,” he said.
Hernández added he could identify with her past and was inspired
by her candidness to strive to be in a position like hers one
day. After graduation he is looking to join the U.S. Marines.
Brown advised them to take in all the opportunities, “Life goes
really fast ... I didn’t know what I wanted to be; I just did
not want to be poor,” she said.
Brown graduated from Ohio University with a degree in
Journalism and Public Relations and went on to receive her law
degree from the Ohio State University.
She told students fear of debt should not deter them from
pursuing a university degree. “It took me student loans and debt
to finish my education but it was the best money I ever invested
and when I graduated from law school I made more money than my
mother; that is what education does for you,” she said.
Brown candidly told students not all their peers will chose to a
prosperous future and will hold them back; “Ignore them.”
said many education initiatives fail because they don’t involve
parents; “If you want to access kids you have to start with the
parents who themselves often don’t have a high school degree.”
He suggests encouraging parents to pursue and complete their
GED’s, which would influence the youth directly. Rodríguez said
any policies directed toward the Latino community fail to
acknowledge the diversity within it. “The needs of the Hispanic
community in Akron are different than the needs of the Cleveland
Hispanics; what works here may not work there,” he said.
Brown with L. Rafaél Rodríguez and Isabel Framer at Center
One issue that affects all Latinos uniformly is that of
immigration reform and increasing racism as a result of the
Arizona’s SB 1070, said Isabel Framer. She said
while undocumented immigrants only encompass 1 percent of Ohio’s
population, certain communities are targeting all Latinos,
forcing them to live in fear.
Farmer said political leaders and officials often chastise
proponents of immigration reform by demanding they turn in those
known to be without documentation, “This is affecting our core
values as Americans and allegiance with our community.”
Brown said Gov. Ted Strickland is unequivocally opposed
to Arizona’s law and would never sign a similar legislation in
Ohio. She admitted she has learned more about immigration issues
on the campaign trail and was appalled to hear of Sheriff in
Butler County (Jones) actively targeting minorities to provide
proof of their legal status. Brown said people like him should
be sued; “You have legal tools at your disposal so use them.”
She said there should be greater outrage in the country for the
children who completed high school but cannot continue their
education because their parents brought them here without
documentation. “Not to condone illegal immigration, but their
children had no choice and there should be an option for them to
earn citizenship,” she said.
Urizar added that support for immigration reform does not
equate open borders but sensible regulations. Rodríguez stated
that racism often fuels anti-immigration sentiment. Recalling
the case of a German teenager brought to the U.S. by his
grandfather, who never sought to file for legalization and was
granted a right to stay. “There was an outpouring of support
from the community but not one ounce of that is given to our
kids in similar situations,” he said.
Hernández said he strongly dislikes being singled out as an
‘illegal’ and even more so as just a ‘Hispanic.’ “I am proud to
be a Puerto Rican but I want people to know me by my name not
just as ‘that Puerto Rican’,” he said.
Brown said more Latinos need to run for elected posts and should
be winning in districts with large populations so the
community’s voice is always heard.
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