Maria Alejandra Rey
On Oct. 18, Lorain County Community College celebrated the Hispanic Heritage Month on campus; a celebration of culture and history with the musical performance by Latin Jazz Players and food provided by Student Life.
Established by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to celebrate the Hispanic and the Latin American cultures that have shaped the U.S history, the celebration became an opportunity to bring awareness to the student body about the decisions the government has made and how it affects the Latin community.
Veronica Dahlberg was one of the advocates explaining how the new regulations have been executed and how it is affecting the public. Dahlberg is the Executive Director of HOLA Ohio, an organization for the Latino community that provides civic organization and legal help.
“This is a month when we bring our culture from the margins of society to the spotlight,” Dahlberg said. Bringing the culture to the spotlight is important, and to talk about the most marginal members of it. The illegal immigrants, families, and important member of our society who are being the most affected by the policies of the Donald Trump presidency.
“It is plain racism, we are losing our rights and freedom, people who have been here and are hard workers and heads of family are being deported or put in ankle monitors to control every move they make,” added Dahlberg.
The jail bails for illegal aliens went from $2,000 or $5,000 to a range of $8,000 to $25,000 without the chance of paying the usual 10 percent. Instead, they must pay the full extent of the bail bond.
For many people, the country is starting to feel like a huge “detention center” as is the case for the Dreamers or children who were brought to the U.S. at a age younger than 16 years-old who benefit from the Defer Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Norma Pacheco a DACA recipient, who came to the states with her family with a medical aid visa for her sister at 8-years-old and stayed in order to continue the treatment for her sister. “What people think about DACA is that we received a free path to citizenship and that we received grants and scholarships for school, but this is not the case. We (the Dreamers) pay out-of-state tuitions and the same taxes as any other citizen,” Pacheco explained. Pacheco also gave information on how to help the DACA recipients with their current state.
To finalize the event, Kenny Marrero did a presentation on the state of Puerto Rico, and how to get involve to help rebuild the island.