English is not my first language. I was born in Havana, Cuba and I was two-and-a-half years old when I came to the United States with my parents and sister. We came on the Mariel boatlift just like Tony Montana except that none of us of went on to rule a drug cartel. Read more
Archive for January, 2012
There’s always a sequence during “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” where they show clips of the rest of the world ringing in the new year. When they showed the fireworks over Sydney Harbour, my father said, “Oh, that’s Australia. I’d never go there. They have the world’s deadliest animals.” My mother and sister burst into laughter. Read more
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
Anti-immigration has a long history in the United States. Even our great Founding Fathers were, at times, hostile to immigrants. Read more