I wonder if he has ever watched the 1999 National Headliner Award Winner documentary titled Children of the Harvest, presented by Dateline NBC news (production by Andy Court and Victor Arango). I was a part of that—I am the little girl falling asleep while working.
This documentary might make Congressman Sensenbrenner see or understand just a little bit of what immigrants, their families, and friends go thought just to be able to provide a meal and a roof for their loved ones.
When you think of the immigrant, the first thing that my mind envisions is a person working in the fields. That is because it is true—immigrants have the worst paying and dirty jobs that there can be. Yet, they do it for a better future for themselves and their loved ones.
I worked in the fields from the tender age of ten until I was seventeen years of age. And every year, my family migrated to Michigan as we picked blueberries or strawberries, and everywhere I looked there were immigrants. So what would Congressman Sensenbrenner do if his bill became law? Is he going to work in the fields and provide food for U.S.-Americans?
This statement goes directly to Mr. Sensenbrenner—immigrants don’t just come from México, but from all over the world. Is he also planning on building a wall on the border between Canada and the United States, or a wall on the east and west coast of our country? I think that Mr. Sensenbrenner is just being racist in proposing this bill. He should think about the consequences the bill may bring.
Yvette N. Villanueva