As a foreign born Latino, I know first-hand the experience of growing up and trying to assimilate in this country. Even as an elected official there exist many subtle reminders in the way we are portrayed in the media; how our children are treated in schools, even in college; and even the way we are spoken to in professional life.
For long periods of time, things seem to be getting better, and then one day you get a letter in the mail saying that if you exercise a basic American right, you are going to be jailed or deported.
This letter, which I received less than three weeks ago, was attempting to scare and intimidate 14,000 voters in Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez' district--my family was just one of the targets.
Some would like to say this was an isolated incident, but not far from my home was a similar poster that read, in Spanish, "are you illegal or a resident? If you vote, you get booted." A whole book could be written about similar voter-suppression tactics here in Orange County, throughout the state and throughout the nation.
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