"DEPORTATION DELIRIUM" A WORD TO DESCRIBE OUR CURRENT IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, byroN José sun at Los Porteños event
Los Porteños is a Portland-based group of Latino/a writers and other community members dedicated to raising our voices and to raising awareness of our diverse languages, canons, stories and cultures. October 3, 2015 we read various stories and poems to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.
I am reading from my writing piece, Bienvenida- Welcome to America, stories of Central American women that I met this winter 2015 working in a shelter for women and children who were seeking refuge in the United States and were on their way to join their families. /uploads/4/3/8/5/43853987/losportenosmigrantstoriesv9edit100315.docx. ByroN Jose sun told his story of being part of the Guatemalan diaspora in the United States and used the words, "deportation delirium" to describe his own family's deportation and what is happening now in the United States.
MIGRATION IS IN THE NEWS!
There is an excellent series on NPR this week called the "Migration Maze," I heard it Monday morning on The Takeaway - here is the link http://www.thetakeaway.org/story/obama-aims-stop-undocumented-immigration-source/ It is an excellent series that traces the people who are deported from the USA back to their countries of origin. Very worth listening to and thinking about!
Tom Jjelten, a NPR correspondent has a new book out about the new immigrants:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/13/books/review/a-nation-of-nations-by-tom-gjelten.html. He was interviewed this weekend on NPR about the book with an interview excerpt with the first Asian-American elected to the Virginia legislature.
And finally, for those who like their news with a sense of humor, watch John Oliver on the Migration Crisis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umqvYhb3wf4
Please send me your thoughts, ideas, interesting books, articles or action items on how to change our broken immigration system. I return to Tucson, Arizona in early November for another period of volunteer activities to work directly with newly arriving migrants.
My life has been about crossing borders and cultures and building bridges across the boundaries that normally divide. Have you crossed any borders in your life?