The DREAM Act, Cont. - I'm Famous!

Posted on 13.4.09

So my mom calls me last week and tells me she was interviewed for a local Brazilian newspaper because they found out about my "story" and how I was in Brazil after having lived in the U.S. forever and became interested because of the whole DREAM Act legislation in the works... enfim... 

The title translates to "Brazilian see in law a chance to live worthily (is that a word?) in the United States" - which is an interesting title to begin with because it kind of explains why I'm not in the US anymore - I always felt like a second class citizen in the situation I was in...

Here's the speil about me which is mostly incorrect, so I'll do corrections as I go in the translation: 

Immigrants who have children and who dream of a better future for them are excited about the idea [of the act].  Others, such as Arlete da Silva (my mamãe!) are sad.  If the Dream Act had existed when her daughter, Polyana Oliveira, 23 (eek!), was entering college, things would have been much different.  Thanks to a full tuition scholarship, the Brazilian was able to graduation, but the lack of working documentation in the country did not allow her to find a good job.  

With a degree in International Business (really, my major is called "Global Business and Relations,") from Providence College, in Rhode Island, the Brazilian did not see any other way out but to return to Brazil, about 2 years ago (really, it was a little over one year).  "She would have had many opportunities here," vented Arlete. 

The article continues with the opinions of students who are either excited about the possibility of the Act being approved or indifferent, thinking the same results from 2007 are going to be replayed (in which the Act was denied).

In any case, my mom's interview looks like a sad story because it really is.  My parents feel a tremendous amount of guilt for my lack of opportunity in the U.S. because of documentation, and feel they've been punished with my return to Brazil.  On my end, it's really tough to see my parents suffering this way because a.) I know it wasn't their intention at any point whatsoever, and b.) It kills me to think things could have worked out where I could be near them or at least had the opportunity to see them whenever I wanted to fly to the U.S. had this silly law been approved two years ago. 

I know to an extent my parents also realize this has been a good move for me, but at the same time are doubtful because a.) They know I'd do anything to not see them suffer anymore, and b.) They're not here to see exactly how I'm living.  The good news is, Paty has come up with the brilliant idea of filming a day in my life for me to send to my parents, so hopefully this will help. 

For those who can read in Portuguese, read the article.  It's not journalistic genius - far from it, actually - but worth the read to see different opinions of Brazilian  youth concerning the Dream Act.  

beijooss and will update soon! :-) (yes, she's back!)  


Patricia said...

Someday, sooner or later, the US(and other countries with illegal immigrants) will have to find a way to deal with that. In your story it is sad, and I can only imagine how you feel(after the visa interview) but the good side(if there's any) is that you came back to a place where you had family, and you managed to make a life. Some people might not have the same luck.
I'm hopeful that with Obama, things will change.


Stephanie said...

Like Patricia, I too am hopeful that things will change. That the US will find the correct way to deal with situations like these. Obama's plan, when he was being campaigning, was to keep families together. My hope is that he does so, for your family and for mine! I am inspired by the fact that you have left your family, struck out on your own, and done so very well :) I am sure your family is very proud :) Let's hope the US government makes changes that allow our families to be together!

Jeanne said...

Já te falei, vem pro Canadá! Aqui é mais perto dos EUA e seus pais poderão te visitar.

RG said...

My earlier comments were deleted. I enjoy your blog, but am now disappointed in the censorship.

.polyana. said...

Hi RG!

I'm very sorry if your comments were deleted - I never delete any of my comments and enjoy the feedback I get from my blog readers!! Are you sure you're not referring to the comments from my Dream Act post from March 25th?


Let me know, and if this isn't the case, I will get in touch with Blogger to see what's up!! Thanks for the heads up in any case :-)