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New Castle County early childhood reading initiative

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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La crisis en la frontera –Primera parte


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Tragedia y pérdida para el mundo del futbol.



Esta madrugada colisionó el vuelo que se dirigía hacia Medellín Colombia. El equipo de futbol  Chapecoense estaba en su vuelo para lograr hacer su sueño realidad, jugar la final de la Copa Sudamericana.


Tragedy and lost for the soccer world.

This early morning a flight that was in his route to Medellin-Colombia crashed. The soccer team named Chapecoense where flying to make their own dream reality, play the Copa Sudamericana Final.

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Delaware lanza una iniciativa de recursos con licencia abierta


Delaware anunció el lanzamiento de una nueva iniciativa #GoOpen a nivel estatal


Delaware launches open resource initiative

The Delaware  announced the launch of a new statewide #GoOpen initiative

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Ley Americana del Cuidado de la Salud



NCLR condena voto de la Cámara de Representantes para eliminar la cobertura de salud de millones de estadounidenses


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Programa de Reconocimiento a los Estudiantes Hispanos 2017


El Tiempo Hispano




El sábado 8 de abril en la escuela Cab Calloway se llevó a cabo el programa de premiación de los mejores estudiantes hispanos de Delaware 2017.

Desde 1979, el objetivo de este evento ha sido honrar los logros de los estudiantes hispanos de secundaria en todo el estado de Delaware.

María Matos en su presentación dijo, "El día de hoy se trata de nuestros jóvenes, sin embargo, como presidenta y directora ejecutiva del Centro Comunitario Latinoamericano, no puedo ignorar lo que está sucediendo en la comunidad. Como hispana, personalmente conozco el miedo que se siente ser miembro de un grupo étnico culpado por los problemas económicos y sociales de nuestro país. Pero nuestros jóvenes de hoy son más sabios que muchos adultos. Como dice Wanda Flores de Sussex Tech: "Lo sorprendente de América es la diversidad que tenemos y ver al indefenso brillar".

Espero y rezo para que las opiniones extremas que estamos escuchando en nuestro país hoy sean moderadas en el futuro, y el sentido común prevalezca.

Siempre defiendan la justicia y la imparcialidad. Isaiah Gatling de St George’s Technical High School dijo: "Es importante pensar en lo que TODOS podemos hacer como comunidad escolar para asegurarnos de que todos estemos seguros y seamos respetados por nuestras diferencias".

Por favor, no acepte lo que escuche en las noticias o en Internet como si fuera el evangelio, sin pensarlo dos veces o sin investigar. Es importante apreciar diferentes puntos de vista, pero hay límites: nunca acepte el odio, el racismo o la discriminación.

Como dice Evan Rosario: "La incapacidad para respetar las diferencias entre las personas es un problema en sí mismo, pero la persecución que le sigue es horrible".

El orador principal fue Wilson "Willie" Mercado. En 1994, cuando era estudiante del último año en Delcastle Vocational Technical High School, Wilson "Willie" Mercado fue uno de los primeros estudiantes nominados y que recibiera el premio Hispanic Student Recognition por parte del LACC. Wilson "Willie" Mercado dijo: "Cuando era pequeño siempre soñé con ser presidente, un atleta profesional, un médico o alguien famoso. Hoy, estoy frente a ustedes sin ninguno de estos títulos. Soy Wilson Mercado o el Entrenador Will. Así es, soy profesor de escuela y entrenador de béisbol. Mi trabajo tiene que ser el mejor trabajo del mundo. Y fueron los maestros, entrenadores y un fuerte sistema de apoyo familiar los que me hicieron ser quien soy hoy". Y agregó, "Cuando otros creen en ti, empiezas a creer en ti mismo. Cuando crees en ti mismo, lo imposible se hace posible. Las estrellas no parecen estar tan lejos. Me despierto cada mañana y me pregunto: "¿Qué puedo hacer para que hoy sea un gran día?" Esa respuesta es simple ... "CREER".

Cree en uno mismo y saber que uno es importante. Uno le importa a este mundo.

Para el Programa, los estudiantes presentaron declaraciones personales, además de cartas de recomendación, notas o calificaciones académicas, currículos y presentaciones de portafolio. Un comité voluntario de selección formado por líderes de la comunidad calificó cada solicitud en base a una detallada rúbrica específica de cada categoría. El promedio de estos resultados fue calculado para determinar nuestros ganadores.

 

El Programa de Reconocimiento a los Estudiantes Hispanos contó con participación estatal de los Condados New Castle, Kent y Sussex.

PREMIO ACADÉMICO / ALEJANDRA VILLAMARES

El Premio Académico se concede a un estudiante que ha demostrado el más alto nivel de rendimiento académico, basado en su promedio de notas (GPA por sus siglas en inglés), honores académicos y premios, clases de colocación avanzada y resultados de la prueba SAT.

La ganadora del Premio Académico es una estudiante de último año de Howard High School of Technology. Ella ha sido descrita como "Un verdadero modelo a seguir entre sus compañeros, quien constantemente ejemplifica la excelencia en su desempeño académico y pasión por su comunidad".  Actualmente tiene un promedio de 4.0. Ella implementó un proyecto de liderazgo en su escuela secundaria para crear conciencia sobre la universidad entre sus compañeros. Ha participado como oradora en el panel nacional sobre pruebas estandarizadas organizado por Gallup Poll en Washington D.C. También se unió a la junta asesora de la organización de defensa de la educación llamada Delaware CAN (Campaign for Achievement NOW). Recibió una beca completa para asistir a la Universidad Wesleyan en el otoño.

ARTES / Felipe Rocha

Este premio se otorga a un estudiante que se ha distinguido en las artes visuales, la música, la danza o el teatro. El ganador es seleccionado basándose en sus honores y premios, creatividad y talento. Algunas de las presentaciones artísticas se muestran aquí.

El recipiente del Premio de Artes es un estudiante del último año de Cab Calloway School of the Arts.  Es un estudiante motivado que no sólo sobresale en la escuela, sino también en su comunidad. Académicamente, tiene un promedio de 3.6 y puede hablar cinco idiomas, en dos de los cuales es autodidacta. Es el presidente del capítulo de Delaware de Best Buddies Club y bailó con el conservatorio de danza de Delaware.  Tiene aspiraciones de trabajar algún día en asuntos internacionales y promover un cambio en este mundo. Ha participado en programas intensivos de verano, tales como el programa de Broadway Dreams National Touring Intensive, el programa del Gobernador School for Excellence  y el programa preuniversitario de Delaware College of Art and Design. Ha recibido una beca para asistir a Temple University en el otoño.

PREMIO POR SERVICIO A LA COMUNIDAD / LUIS GARCIA OSORIO

Este premio de servicio comunitario se concede a un estudiante que ha demostrado una participación constante en el servicio comunitario. La calificación se basa en las horas de servicio, la variedad de servicios, la duración de los compromisos y los premios de servicio recibidos.

El ganador del Premio por Servicio a la Comunidad de este año ejemplifica la pasión por su comunidad y la ayuda a los jóvenes, y es un estudiante del grado 12 de Sussex Central High School. Ha sido maestro de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL por sus siglas en inglés) en la parroquia católica St. Ann’s Catholic Parish y pasante de ESL en su escuela. Ha sido voluntario en el Programa de Extensión La Casita y en el programa de Olimpíadas de Bolos. El ganador de este año ha demostrado amor por su comunidad y motivación por marcar la diferencia. Ha realizado más de 85 horas de servicios comunitarios en lo que va de 2017; sin embargo, si se añaden sus muchas horas de voluntariado como pasante de ESL, su mérito excede las 150 horas de servicio comunitario.

PREMIO STEM (CIENCIA, TECNOLOGIA, INGENIERIA Y MATEMÁTICAS) / JOSHUA M. TAYLOR

Este premio se otorga a un estudiante de secundaria que se haya distinguido en el campo de la Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas. La calificación se basa en honores y premios, logros y presentaciones como proyectos de ciencia o diseño asistido por computadora.

El ganador del premio STEM de este año es un estudiante de último año Cab Calloway School of the Arts. Es becario de AP y miembro del equipo de Olimpíadas de Ciencias de su escuela, que obtuvo el tercer lugar en el estado, quinto lugar en Microbiología y 14º en Astronomía en 2017. Como participante en la Asociación de Estudiantes de Tecnología, obtuvo el primer lugar en Producción Musical. Ha sido Capitán del Equipo, Finalista Regional y Campeón Estatal del Equipo de Robótica de la Liga Lego del Primer Estado.

ATLETISMO / ISAIAH GATLING

El Premio de Atletismo se concede a un atleta de la escuela secundaria cuyos logros dentro y fuera del campo ejemplifican las mejores cualidades de la deportividad. La calificación se basa en talento, liderazgo, pasión y galardones.

El recipiente del premio del atletismo es un estudiante del penúltimo año de St. Georges Technical High School. Es un jugador de fútbol que ha estado en el equipo de la universidad durante cuatro años. En la pasada temporada, fue seleccionado como capitán del equipo y fue galardonado con los premios 1st Team All-Conference, 3rd Team All State, and 2nd Team All-American por su posición en el campo como Offensive Line. Su entrenador no podía estar más orgulloso de él, y destacó su extraordinario rendimiento dentro y fuera del campo para alentar a sus compañeros de equipo más jóvenes. Además de su deportividad extraordinaria, tiene un promedio académico de 3.0. Fue uno de cuatro estudiantes en su programa de carrera para calificar para Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) en el área de Resucitación Cardiopulmonar (CPR por sus siglas en inglés) y primeros auxilios.

PREMIO DE EXCELENCIA AL ESTUDIANTE HISPANO DEL AÑO / JOSHUA TAYLOR

Este premio se otorga a los estudiantes de secundaria de formación integral con alto rendimiento académico, cualidades de liderazgo, orgullo por su herencia, innovación, creatividad y logro general sustancial en las cinco categorías.

Nuestro primer Premio de Excelencia al Estudiante Hispano del Año es para un estudiante del último año de Cab Calloway School of the Arts. Fue miembro de la Liga de Matemáticas, Modelo de las Naciones Unidas, Sociedad Nacional de Honor, y es ex alumno de Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership. Tiene un promedio académico de 3.8, toca piano, realiza trabajo voluntario en un refugio para personas sin hogar, y asistirá a la Universidad de Delaware en el otoño. Su empeño por sobresalir académicamente y en sus actividades extracurriculares radica en su creencia de que "el éxito se logra con la disciplina, el esfuerzo significativo y la voluntad de lograrlo". Esta creencia, combinada con su pasión por la medicina y la política, será la fuerza que le guíe para cumplir su sueño de cambiar el sistema de salud y desarrollar mejores relaciones entre pacientes y médicos.

LUIS GARCIA OSORIO El segundo Premio de Excelencia al Estudiante Hispano del Año es otorgado a un estudiante de último año de Sussex Central High School. Ha sido miembro de la Sociedad Nacional de Honor durante los últimos tres años, es corredor en el Equipo de Cross Country, es fotógrafo y es voluntario en el Programa de Extensión La Casita en Georgetown, Del. Ha trabajado como voluntario durante más de 150 horas en la comunidad. El ganador de este año es un jovencito trabajador y decidido. Está en segundo lugar en su clase de 298 estudiantes. Es miembro del programa de Bachillerato Internacional y ha recibido el premio de Logro Académico Superior en el Distrito Escolar de Indian River durante los últimos tres años. Es un ejemplo brillante de un estudiante comprometido, atleta y líder comunitario.




2017 Hispanic Student Recognition Program

On Saturday, April 8th at Cab Calloway, the Delaware 2017 Hispanic Student Recognition Program award ceremony was held.

Since 1979, the aim of this event has been to honor the achievements of Hispanic high school students throughout the state of Delaware

María Matos said in her presentation: “Today is all about our young people, however, as president and CEO of the Latin American Community Center, I cannot ignore what is happening in the community. As a Hispanic, I personally know the fear that comes from being a member of an ethnic group blamed for our country’s economic and social problems.  But our youth today are wiser than many adults.  As Wanda Flores of Sussex Tech says, “The amazing thing about America is the diversity that we have and seeing the underdog shine”

I hope and pray that the extreme views we are hearing in our country today will be moderated in the future, and common sense will prevail.

Always stand for justice and fairness. Isaiah Gatling from St George’s Technical High School said: “It is important to think about what WE can all do as a school community to make sure we are all safe and respected for our differences”.

Please don’t accept what you hear on the news or on the internet as gospel, without thinking it through or doing research. It’s important to appreciate different views, but there are limits – never accept hate, racism or discrimination.

As Evan Rosario says: “An inability to respect the differences between people is a problem in and of itself, but the persecution that follows is horrid”.

The Keynote Speaker was Wilson “Willie” Mercado.   In 1994, as a senior at Delcastle Vocational Technical High School, Wilson “Willie” Mercado was one of the first students to be nominated for and receive a Hispanic Student Recognition award from the LACC. Wilson “Willie” Mercado said, “Growing up I always dreamed of being president, a professional athlete, a doctor, or someone famous. Today, I stand in front of you with neither of the titles. I am Wilson Mercado or Coach Will.  That’s right, I’m a school teacher and baseball coach.  My job has to be the coolest job in the world.  And it was teachers, coaches, and a strong family support system that made me who I am today.” And added, “When others believe in you, you start to believe in yourself.  When you believe in yourself, the impossible become possible.  The stars don’t seem so far. I wake up every morning and ask myself, “What can I do to make today a great day?”

That answer is simple…”BELIEVE.”

Believe in yourself and know that you are important.  You matter to this world.

For the Program, the students submitted personal statements, in addition to recommendation letters, transcripts, resumes, and portfolio submissions. A volunteer Selection Committee comprised of community leaders scored each application based on a detailed, category-specific rubric. The average of these scores was calculated to determine our winners.

 

The Hispanic Student Recognition Program has state-wide participation from New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties.

ACADEMICS AWARD/ ALEJANDRA VILLAMARES

The Academics award is bestowed upon a student who has demonstrated the highest level of academic performance, based on their GPA, academic honors and awards, advanced placement classes, and SAT scores.

The recipient of the Academics Award is a senior at Howard High School of Technology. She is described as being “A true role-model among her peers, who consistently exemplifies excellence in her academics and passion for her community. “  She currently holds a 4.0 GPA. She implemented a leadership project at her high school to raise awareness about college among her peers. She has spoken at the national panel on standardized testing hosted by Gallup Poll in Washington D.C. She also joined the advisory board of the education advocacy organization called Delaware CAN (Campaign for Achievement NOW).  She has received a full scholarship to attend Wesleyan University in the fall.

ARTS/ Felipe Rocha

This award is bestowed upon a student who has distinguished himself or herself in the visual arts, music, dance, or theater. The winner is selected based on their honors and awards, creativity and talent. Some of our art submissions are showcased here

The recipient of the ARTS AWARD is a senior at Cab Calloway School of the Arts.  He’s a driven student who not only excels in school, but also in his community. Academically, he has a GPA of 3.6 and can speak five languages, two of which are self-taught. He is the president for the Best Buddies Club Delaware Chapter and danced with the Delaware Dance conservatory. He has aspirations to one day work in foreign affairs and make a change in the world.  He’s participated in intensive summer programs such as Broadway’s Dreams National Touring Intensive, Governor’s School for Excellence and Delaware College of Art and Design Pre-College program.  He has received a scholarship to attend Temple University in the fall.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD / LUIS GARCIA OSORIO

This community service award is bestowed upon a student who has demonstrated consistent and ongoing involvement in community service. The rating is based on the hours of service, variety of service, length of commitments, and service awards received.

This year’s Community Service Award recipient exemplifies passion for his community and helping youth; a 12th Grader at Sussex Central High School.  He has served as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at St. Ann’s Catholic Parish and ESL Intern at his school. He has been a volunteer at La Casita Outreach Program and with the Bowling Olympiad program.  This year’s winner has demonstrated a love for his community and a drive to make a difference. He has performed over 85 hours of community services so far in 2017; however, if you add his many volunteer hours as an ESL intern, his merit exceeds 150 hours of community service.

STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH) AWARD / JOSHUA M. TAYLOR

This award is bestowed upon a high school student who has distinguished themselves in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The Rating is based on honors and awards, accomplishments, and portfolio submissions such as science projects or computer-aided design.

This year’s STEM award recipient is a senior at Cab Calloway School of the Arts. He is an AP Scholar and a member of his school’s Science Olympiad team, which won third place in the state, fifth place in Microbiology, and 14th place in Astronomy in 2017. As a participant in the   Technology Student Association, he won first place in Music Production.  He has been Team Captain, Regional Finalist and State Champion of the First State Lego League Robotics Team.

 

ATHLETICS / ISAIAH GATLING

The Athletics award is bestowed upon a high school athlete whose achievements on and off the field exemplify the best qualities of sportsmanship. Rating is based on talent, leadership, passion, and accolades.

The recipient of the Athletics Award is a junior at St. Georges Technical High School. He is a football player who has been on the school’s varsity team for four years. In the past season, he was selected as team captain and was awarded 1st Team All-Conference, 3rd Team All State, and 2nd Team All-American for his position in the field as Offensive Line.  His coach could not be more proud of him, and highlighted his outstanding performance on and off the field for encouraging his younger teammates. In addition to his extraordinary sportsmanship, he carries a Grade Point Average of a 3.0. He was one of four students in his career program to qualify for Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) in the area of CPR/First Aid.

 

OUTSTANDING HISPANIC STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARDS / JOSHUA TAYLOR

This award is presented to High School students who are well-rounded and have high academic performance, leadership qualities, pride in their heritage, innovation, creativity, and substantial overall achievement in all five categories.

Our first outstanding Hispanic Student of the year award goes to a senior at Cab Calloway School of the Arts.  He was a member of the Math League, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, and is a Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Alumni. He holds a 3.8 GPA, plays the piano, volunteers at a homeless shelter, and will be attending the University of Delaware in the fall.  His drive to excel academically and in his extra-curricular activities is rooted in his belief that “success is achieved with discipline, significant effort, and the will to achieve.”  This belief combined with his passion for medicine and politics will be the driving force to fulfill his dream of changing the Health Care System and developing better relationships between patients and doctors. 

LUIS GARCIA OSORIO The second outstanding Hispanic Student of the Year is awarded to a senior at Sussex Central High School. He has been a National Honor Society member for the last three years, a runner on the Cross Country Team, a photographer, and a volunteer at La Casita Outreach Program in Georgetown, Del.,   He has volunteered over 150 hours in the community. This year’s winner is a hard-working and determined young-man. He’s ranked second in his class out of 298 students. He’s a member of the International Baccalaureate program and has been a recipient of the Superior Academic Achievement award in the Indian River School District for the last three years. He’s a shining example of a committed scholar, athlete, and community leader.

 

ACADEMICS AWARD/ ALEJANDRA VILLAMARES

The Academics award is bestowed upon a student who has demonstrated the highest level of academic performance, based on their GPA, academic honors and awards, advanced placement classes, and SAT scores.

The recipient of the Academics Award is a senior at Howard High School of Technology. She is described as being “A true role-model among her peers, who consistently exemplifies excellence in her academics and passion for her community. “  She currently holds a 4.0 GPA. She implemented a leadership project at her high school to raise awareness about college among her peers. She has spoken at the national panel on standardized testing hosted by Gallup Poll in Washington D.C. She also joined the advisory board of the education advocacy organization called Delaware CAN (Campaign for Achievement NOW).  She has received a full scholarship to attend Wesleyan University in the fall.

ARTS/ Felipe Rocha

This award is bestowed upon a student who has distinguished himself or herself in the visual arts, music, dance, or theater. The winner is selected based on their honors and awards, creativity and talent. Some of our art submissions are showcased here

The recipient of the ARTS AWARD is a senior at Cab Calloway School of the Arts.  He’s a driven student who not only excels in school, but also in his community. Academically, he has a GPA of 3.6 and can speak five languages, two of which are self-taught. He is the president for the Best Buddies Club Delaware Chapter and danced with the Delaware Dance conservatory. He has aspirations to one day work in foreign affairs and make a change in the world.  He’s participated in intensive summer programs such as Broadway’s Dreams National Touring Intensive, Governor’s School for Excellence and Delaware College of Art and Design Pre-College program.  He has received a scholarship to attend Temple University in the fall.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD / LUIS GARCIA OSORIO

This community service award is bestowed upon a student who has demonstrated consistent and ongoing involvement in community service. The rating is based on the hours of service, variety of service, length of commitments, and service awards received.

This year’s Community Service Award recipient exemplifies passion for his community and helping youth; a 12th Grader at Sussex Central High School.  He has served as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at St. Ann’s Catholic Parish and ESL Intern at his school. He has been a volunteer at La Casita Outreach Program and with the Bowling Olympiad program.  This year’s winner has demonstrated a love for his community and a drive to make a difference. He has performed over 85 hours of community services so far in 2017; however, if you add his many volunteer hours as an ESL intern, his merit exceeds 150 hours of community service.

STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH) AWARD / JOSHUA M. TAYLOR

This award is bestowed upon a high school student who has distinguished themselves in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The Rating is based on honors and awards, accomplishments, and portfolio submissions such as science projects or computer-aided design.

This year’s STEM award recipient is a senior at Cab Calloway School of the Arts. He is an AP Scholar and a member of his school’s Science Olympiad team, which won third place in the state, fifth place in Microbiology, and 14th place in Astronomy in 2017. As a participant in the   Technology Student Association, he won first place in Music Production.  He has been Team Captain, Regional Finalist and State Champion of the First State Lego League Robotics Team.

ATHLETICS / ISAIAH GATLING

The Athletics award is bestowed upon a high school athlete whose achievements on and off the field exemplify the best qualities of sportsmanship. Rating is based on talent, leadership, passion, and accolades.

The recipient of the Athletics Award is a junior at St. Georges Technical High School. He is a football player who has been on the school’s varsity team for four years. In the past season, he was selected as team captain and was awarded 1st Team All-Conference, 3rd Team All State, and 2nd Team All-American for his position in the field as Offensive Line.  His coach could not be more proud of him, and highlighted his outstanding performance on and off the field for encouraging his younger teammates. In addition to his extraordinary sportsmanship, he carries a Grade Point Average of a 3.0. He was one of four students in his career program to qualify for Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) in the area of CPR/First Aid.

OUTSTANDING HISPANIC STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARDS / JOSHUA TAYLOR

This award is presented to High School students who are well-rounded and have high academic performance, leadership qualities, pride in their heritage, innovation, creativity, and substantial overall achievement in all five categories.

Our first outstanding Hispanic Student of the year award goes to a senior at Cab Calloway School of the Arts.  He was a member of the Math League, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, and is a Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Alumni. He holds a 3.8 GPA, plays the piano, volunteers at a homeless shelter, and will be attending the University of Delaware in the fall.  His drive to excel academically and in his extra-curricular activities is rooted in his belief that “success is achieved with discipline, significant effort, and the will to achieve.”  This belief combined with his passion for medicine and politics will be the driving force to fulfill his dream of changing the Health Care System and developing better relationships between patients and doctors.

LUIS GARCIA OSORIO The second outstanding Hispanic Student of the Year is awarded to a senior at Sussex Central High School. He has been a National Honor Society member for the last three years, a runner on the Cross Country Team, a photographer, and a volunteer at La Casita Outreach Program in Georgetown, Del.,   He has volunteered over 150 hours in the community. This year’s winner is a hard-working and determined young-man. He’s ranked second in his class out of 298 students. He’s a member of the International Baccalaureate program and has been a recipient of the Superior Academic Achievement award in the Indian River School District for the last three years. He’s a shining example of a committed scholar, athlete, and community leader.

La vida después de la muerte


Valentina Pilonieta-Vera




Marco Antonio Clemente Guzmán tenía 17 años cuando vino a los Estados Unidos por primera vez en 1999.

Aunque estudiaba contabilidad, las cuentas no le rendían y decidió dejar su ciudad natal de Orizaba, Veracruz, para jugarse la suerte en California. Cruzó por Tijuana en una época en la que ser migrante aún no era crimen, se instaló en San José y comenzó a hacer su vida. Consiguió a una compañera de vida, tuvo dos hijos y se dedicó a la construcción de albercas [piscinas] por doce años.

Lo conocimos en la Casa del Migrante en Tijuana al final de un gris y frio sábado. Llegó con una mochila en la espalda y cargando una de esas reglas chistosas que caracterizan a los arquitectos. Sonriente saludó a todas las personas de la Casa. Los voluntarios y trabajadores lo abrazaban, mientras que se disculpaba de no haber venido en la semana por que había estado muy ocupado en la escuela. El Padre Murphy, encargado de la Casa, coordinó la reunión para que habláramos y escucháramos la historia de Marco.

En el 2012 Marco y su familia decidieron regresar a México para estar más cerca de la familia. Se instalaron en Tlaxcala donde quiso comenzar su vida. “No me gusto por la delincuencia, puse un negocio aquí en Tlaxcala y fui un poco víctima de lo que se vive aquí en México, de la delincuencia. Extorsión por aquí, extorsión por allá. Y no me gusto, así que decidí regresar” dice Marco. La ciudad no le dio la bienvenida que se esperaba y entonces decidió enviar a sus hijos y compañera de regreso. Al tiempo quiso regresar él también. Dice que conocía a gente que ayudaba a personas a cruzar, que les pagó una suma de dinero, y prometió otras cantidades que hoy día sigue pagando, y que lo obligaron a cruzar con un pasaporte falso, aunque él sabía que no lo dejarían entrar. Marco nos comenta que las fechas no las tiene muy claras, pero que tras este segundo cruce fue detenido por dos meses y luego deportado. Regresó a Orizaba con su familia. Toco el fondo de la tristeza, “Cuando salí la primera vez, que vine para acá era yo siempre un mar de lágrimas, cuando estaba en Veracruz siempre pensando en mis hijos. Mentalmente por un tiempo pensé en quitarme la vida. Supe que no estaba bien” dice Marco.

Las ganas de estar con sus hijos lo llevaron a intentar el cruce por tercera vez. Esta vez lo hizo por su cuenta. No tenemos detalles pero sabemos que este último intento le dejo una cicatriz profunda en su mano derecha. De igual manera, Marco fue detenido y esta vez lo llevaron a prisión federal por 8 meses. “Ahorita que estuve más tiempo en prisión me dedique a aprender de mi situación de que no podía ver a mis hijos. Siempre me ha gustado el estudio así que me puse a estudiar ahí en la prisión donde dan cursos para sacarse el GED. Yo ya tenía mi GED pero seguí estudiando mecanografía y otras cosas. Ahí fue donde me hice cristiano, no estaba emocionalmente yo bien y busque ayuda espiritual” cuenta Marco. El día que lo deportaron, Marco seguía bajo la promesa de ver a un juez para presentar su caso como padre de ciudadanos estadounidenses. Un juez jamás escucho el caso de Marco, y una vez más la política del expresidente Obama de no separar familias fue una mentira. “Estar en prisión y conocer a los hermanos cristianos me ayudó, me cambio la perspectiva. Podrían venir cosas peores y tenía que estar preparado” dice el ahora estudiante universitario.

Marco llegó por tercera vez a la Casa del Migrante en agosto del 2016 con la amenaza de tres años de prisión si lo agarraban cruzando ilegalmente una vez más. “Ya no quiero estar pasando más tiempo en prisión porque es algo improductivo para mi” dice Marco mientras que nos cuenta que al ser liberado en México le recomendaron no intentar el cruce por tres años para poder tener la oportunidad en un futuro de pedir un perdón y regresar por la vía legal. Comparte Marco, “Dije: me voy a dedicar a servir con los padres que ayudan a las personas. Me voy a quedar. Aquí [en Tijuana] estoy más cerca de mis hijos, algún día los voy a poder ver”. El Padre Murphy ayudó a Marco a conseguir un trabajo en un centro de llamadas, le dieron albergue por un mes y medio, y cuando ya estaba preparado le consiguieron un departamento y lo ayudaron con el primer mes de renta. Durante todo este tiempo Marco siguió trabajando dos empleos y ayudando en la casa. Reflexiona Marco, “Deportado, perdiendo a mi familia ¿Qué puedo hacer? Tengo que hacer algo en México…tengo que empezar aunque sea aquí”.

Gracias a su buena actitud y ganas de ayudar, cosas buenas le han llegado a Marco. “Me escucharon las ganas de estudiar y aquí en la Casa me dijeron que me iban a ayudar a ir a cualquier escuela que yo quisiera” nos dice. El 6 de enero del 2016 fue su primer día de clases en la Universidad de Tijuana CUT como estudiante de arquitectura. “Pienso que esta es la oportunidad que se me está dando para esforzarme ahorita en la escuela, le estoy echando bastantes ganas, quiero ser uno de los mejores arquitectos…quiero ser el mejor, voy a ser el mejor, tengo que regresar a mis hijos” dice Marco.

Inspirado por el trabajo de la Casa, Marco quiere dedicarse a  servir y ayudar a las personas que están pasando por situaciones similares a la suya. “El concepto [del inmigrante] está mal, yo siempre sé que los latinos son las personas más trabajadoras, con la menor paga pero los más trabajadores. El mexicano, el inmigrante no es delincuente” dice Marco, “mi vida en Estados Unidos siempre fue correcta, pagaba mis taxes, iba a mi trabajo, pagaba mi renta, no delinquía, nunca estuve en prisión, nunca tuve una infracción aunque era el conductor de la empresa de albercas”. Sin embargo, “cometí un error grande en papel” dice Marco. Su mayor delito fue querer estar cerca de sus hijos y ahora está pagando el alto precio de la distancia obligada.

A las personas que teman pasar por su situación Marco les dice “¡ánimo! Aunque pensemos que nuestra vida ha terminado tenemos una oportunidad siempre en México para seguir adelante, pero es decisión nuestra. Ahora depende de nosotros sacar a este país adelante”.

¿Quieres ayudar?

La Casa del Migrante actualmente necesita toallas para bañarse, ropa interior, calcetines, zapatos deportivos, y donaciones en efectivo. Pueden contactarlos directamente por correo electrónico a casadelmigrantetjuana@gmail.com, por teléfono +52 (664) 682-5180 o por medio de su página de Facebook CasadelMigrante Tijuana. Para donaciones monetarias: Bank of America, Fathers of Saint Charles, Casa del Migrante cuenta #3250 2014 7903. Para donaciones por correo convencional: P.O. Box 430387 San Diego, CA 92143-0387

 

Valentina Pilonieta-Vera es especialista en estudios latinoamericanos graduada de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida y de la Universidad de Delaware.




Life After Death

Marco Antonio Clemente Guzman was 17 years-old when he first came to the United States in 1999.

Even though he was going to school for accounting, the numbers did not add up and he decided to leave Orizaba, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, to find a better destiny in California. He crossed the border through Tijuana during a time when being an immigrant was yet to be a crime and he settled down in San Jose, where he began to build his life. He found a life partner, had two children and dedicated to building pools for twelve years.

We met him at the Casa del Migrante in Tijuana on a cold and gray Saturday afternoon. He arrived carrying a backpack and one of those funny rulers architects always use. He greeted everyone at the Casa with a big smile. All volunteers and staff hugged him, while he apologized for not visiting during the week for he had been swamped at school. Father Murphy, the Casa’s coordinator, had set-up the meeting so we could hear Marco’s story.

In 2012 Marco and his family decided to go back to Mexico in order to be closer to family. They settled down in Tlaxcala, where they decided to start a new life. “I didn’t like it because of the crime rate. I opened a business in Tlaxcala and I was a victim of Mexico’s situation, of its crime. Blackmail over here, blackmail over there. I did not like it, so I decided to go back,” says Marco. The city did not welcome him so he decided so send his children and partner back to the U.S. After some time, he also decided to go back. He says that he met people who knew the way to other side. He paid them a sum of money and promised other amounts, which he is still indebted for today, and that they compelled him to use a fake passport to cross, even though he knew he would get caught. The dates are not very clear in his mind, but after that second journey across, he was detained, imprisoned for two months, and deported. He hit rock bottom, “When I got out the first time, and I came back here, I was always in tears. I was in Veracruz always thinking about my children. For some time I thought about taking my own life. I knew I was not okay,” says Marco.

The need to be with his children drove him to the border for a third time. This time he did it on his own. We have no details, but that last attempt left a nasty scar on his right hand. Nevertheless, Marco was detained and, this time, he was taken to a Federal prison for 8 months. “That time I was imprisoned I took the time to learn from my situation, from not being able to see my children. I have always enjoyed studying so I started studying in prison where they have courses to get a GED. I already had my GED but I took computer classes and other things. That’s where I became Christian, I wasn’t doing well emotionally, so I found spiritual help,” Marco tells us. The day Marco was deported he continued to believe in the promise of seeing a judge to present his case as a father of U.S. citizens. His case never made it to court and, once more, ex-president Obama’s promise not to separate immigrant families was a lie. “Being in prison and getting to know my Christian brothers helped me, it changed my perspective. There could be worse things and I had to be prepared,” says the college student.

Marco arrived to the Casa del Migrante for the third time on August 2016 under the threat of three year imprisonment if caught trying to cross illegally again. “I don’t want to spend more time in a prison because it is inefficient for me,” says Marco as he tells us that he was advised not to cross for three years in order to later ask for forgiveness and try to return legally. Marco shares, “I said: I am going to spend my lie serving like the fathers who aid people. I am going to stay. Here [in Tijuana] I am closer to my children, one day I will be able to see them.” Father Murphy helped Marco in finding a job at a call center; he was given shelter for a month and a half, and, when he was ready, they found him an apartment and helped with the first month’s rent. During that time, Marco continued working two jobs and helping at the Casa.

Marco pondered, “I have been deported, I lost my family, and what can I do? I have to do something here in Mexico…I have to start, even if it’s here.”

Thanks to his good attitude and willingness to help, Marco has gotten good things. “They heard that I want to study and the Casa told me they would help me go to any school I wanted,” he tells us. On January 6, 2017, he went to his first class as an architecture student at the Universidad de Tijuana CUT. “I think that this opportunity was given to me so that I can prove myself in school, I am working hard, I want to be one of the best architects…I want to be the best, I will be the best, I have to go back to my kids,” says Marco.

Inspired by La Casa, Marco wants to dedicate his life to serving and helping those in his similar situations. “The [immigrant] concept is wrong, I always know that Latinos are the hardest working, with the least salary but the hardest job. The Mexican, the immigrant, is not a delinquent,” says Marco, “my life in the United States was always correct, I paid my taxes, went to work, paid my rent, did not commit crimes, was never in jail, and never had a ticket even though I was the driver at the pool company.” However, he says, “I made a huge mistake on paper.” His biggest crime was wanting to be with his children and he is now paying the highest price of forced distance.

To those who fear being in his situation, Marco says “Don’t give up! Even though we think our lives may be over we will always have an opportunity in Mexico to get on with our lives, but that is on us. The future of this country is now in our hands.”

Do you want to help?

The Casa del Migrante is in need of bath towels, underwear, socks, sneakers and cash donations. Email: casadelmigrantetijuana@gmail.com

Telephone: +52(664) 682-5180

Facebook: CasadelMigrante Tijuana

Donations: Bank of America, Fathers of Sain Charles, Casa del Migrante, account #3250 2014 7903

Address: P.O. Box 430387 San Diego, CA 92143-0387

Valentina Pilonieta-Vera is a Latin-American Studies specialist and a Florida International University and University of Delaware alumni.

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