“AMERICAS AND CARIBBEAN ISLANDS UNION” Proposed by Ruben B. Botello, JD

Immigration is a major issue in the United States today. U.S. Latinos often express interest in this issue because of its direct impact on their families, schools, jobs, communities and governmental affairs.Latinos are Indigenous Americans whose ancestors suffered for centuries under European invaders and occupiers intent on stealing their lands and freedoms. Their native roots tie Latinos to Native Americans throughout the Western Hemisphere, traditionally, culturally and genetically. They remain attached, to their ancestral lands and freedoms, even though robbed of them by the foreign occupiers and their offspring.Latino “immigrants” bring their languages, cultures and traditions with them from their native lands, and this adds to the sense of kinship or affinity many U.S. Latinos have with new arrivals, many who are refugees. This natural phenomena makes it difficult to separate the two distinct groups of Latinos in the U.S. — immigrants and non-immigrants — when discussing the immigration issue even though most U.S. Latinos are not “immigrants,” nor do they considers themselves to be foreigners anywhere in the Americas or Caribbean Islands, like the Euro-Americans are.

Source: “AMERICAS AND CARIBBEAN ISLANDS UNION” by Ruben B. Botello, JD

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