Journal Entry of a Subordinate Group Member
Journal Entry of a Subordinate Group MemberMy name is Maria Guadalupe Ramirez and I am a United States citizen. I am also a native from Mexico. It was my fathers dream for our family to come to America. He believed that the United States was land of the free and home of opportunity for any one willing to work hard to turn their dreams into reality. Because of my fathers hard work and dedication, my entire family enjoys a life free from the poverty of Mexico. Employment and unemployment in Mexicos labor force. (1994) Mexico was a rural and agricultural country whose inhabitants were mostly peasants and farmers (page 10). After my Aunt Teri, dads sister, got married to a United States soldier and moved to the US where she was exceedingly better off, dad decided it was time for our family to make the move too.
My family migrated form Mexico to the United States when I was 10 years old. My father and older sister Eugenia came to the United States first while my mom, my two younger brothers and I stayed behind in Mexico. Dad and Eugenia lived with my Aunt Teri and Uncle Andres in Van Nuys California. California, Arizona and Nevada were the closest states to the border of Mexico and it was easier and more cost effective for them to stay in California with relatives for support. Also, since neither my dad nor my sister spoke English it was better for them to be with people of their own race and culture. Census 2000 brief Hispanics accounted for 24.3 percent of the population in the West (page 2).
Aunt Teri and Uncle Andreas helped my dad and Eugenia get their green cards so Dad could get a job and Eugenia could go to...