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Diary Of An Undocumented Immigrant: Felipe' 's Story, #1.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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Felipe' Martinez writes about how life treats him since he crossed the border from Mexico and the problems he faces.

Image of American flag (c) 2011, by Karla Dorman.

{Translated from the Spanish}

My name is Felipe Jose' Carlos Humberto Martinez.  I came to the United States via Mexico a  year ago; I came here by crossing the border.  I had to escape the ever-increasing drug wars that has infiltrated my village.  In my neighborhood alone, three people were viciously murdered by the drug dealers.  This was just last week, according to the news reports.

It was really bad.

Also, the economy in Mexico is so much worse than it is here in America.  Believe it or not, it is true .  America has so many opportunities that just aren't available in my country back home.  I had no other choice but to flee for my life and also my sanity.

I just thank God that people here speak Spanish.  I was surprised to see how many people (many of my Mexican brothers and sisters included as well as people from Guatemala, Ecquador, Peru, Nicaragua, etc.) who speak Spanish here in America.  Even more amazing is that a lot of the signs or forms are printed in half English, half Spanish.  You don't know how much easier that makes it for us that don't speak English at all or speak it that well!

English is very difficult for us, especially if you're an adult, like me.  I speak very little in the way of English; I know a few words, but that's about it.  Mostly I speak Tex-Mex (a mixture of Texas English and Spanish; it's mostly slang to make it easier for us).  It is much easier to learn English as a child; children learn things a lot faster than we adults do.

I am looking for work.  Hopefully something will come along soon.  Doesn't matter what it is: as long as there's work available, I am ready and willing to work.  I have a very strong work ethic; I love using my hands and the brains that God gave to me.  

I am sad, though: my wife and ten children are back home in Mexico.  I fear for them.  I am scared they will get shot up by the drug dealers.  It is most dangerous to venture outside for long there.  I am afraid of hearing on the news that my family was murdered.  That would just about kill me!  I pray to the Good God every day, asking Him to keep my family safe from harm!

I pray I get a job very soon so I can send money to Amilia and to the children.  My children are named in order, from the youngest to the oldest: Mariposa, Miracle, Manuel, Martin, Mundo, Maria-Elena, Maria-Santa Dominga, Marcos, Miguel, and Maximo.  I don't like to see them go without; this is why I pray I get a job soon, so I can help them out (and hopfully have them come to America, so they can live with me).

Well, I am going to walk the streets some more and see if there is any work available.  I hope to find work soon; please pray for me!  And pray that one day I learn enough so I can become a citizen of this great country called America, the Land of the Free!  I would greatly appreciate it!  Thank you very much!  God bless you, friend!

~Felipe' Martinez.  :)

~To be continued.~ 

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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/1/2011
Now how did I miss this one? I'm sorry, Karen. An excellent story, very well penned.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/26/2011
Well said, Karen.
Reviewed by Joy Hale 7/26/2011
Yes, Karen, it is hard for the illegal immigrants also. I pray that a better solution for this problem soon be found. A tender write.

Your Texas friend, Joy L. Hale Many Hugs.

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