- Posted May 30, 2014 by
RFK Stadium, District of Columbia
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Your immigration stories
On the way to Brazil
As we witness a great divide between the political parties about immigration reform, it felt like a fresh breath of the air at the RFK stadium in DC. Last night Honduras played Turkey in a friendly game before going to Brazil. There were not a lot of Turkish fans, but there were a lot of Hondurans who came out to support their team. The crowd was filled with energy and you could feel the excitement going through the air. It was apparent that many took a chance to come to the United States in hopes that they could start from zero and build a better life. Awhile back I watched great film called “sin nombre” or “without a name” and all of the sudden I was reminded by what was happening around me that some of these immigrants have travelled for miles to get here. Many work odd jobs similar to those that our parents and grandparents did. These people cook our food, clean our offices and support our economy in many ways. Not just Latinos but many other immigrants who live in the shadows. I wish for that to change. It was a great feeling to see many smiles and cheers around. I saw people who haven’t been able to see their families for years cry as they heard the National Anthem before the soccer match. It reminded them of their home country and the family they left behind. What I wanted to say is that it is a great honor for me to be citizen of this country. I am also - an immigrant. I relate to the hope they have because know how it feels not to be able to see your loved ones for a very long time. For those who have never been hungry, for those who have never lived in a crime ridden lands for those who have an opinion of how an immigrant should come I say, I hope you never will. For all of us, I hope that we can come together and make this country even stronger by continuing to provide opportunities to those who want to earn them.