The experience of being foreign in a conservative country



Isela Michel Zavala, left, and daughter Briana Montes embrace Yudridia Guadalupe Zavala as they meet in the Door of Hope at Borderfield State Park in San Diego on April 30, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Tribune News Service.

Carolina Puga Mendoza, Reporter

For the past year, the scariest thing I have heard is “I will build the wall!”  I am Mexican, so I took the news of the new president-elect pretty hard. All of my family and friends showed concern and asked the same question: “what now?”

Donald Trump has shown a dislike of foreign people, especially Latinos and Muslims. Everyone knows he promised the deportation of more than 11 million immigrants. Some of my foreign friends are afraid; others are nonchalant because they believe the new laws will not reach them.

Many Americans shook off the news and kept going with their lives, but do not consider the immigrants who live here, both legally and illegally. When checking Trump’s official webpage, he made his points pretty clear: he wants Mexico to pay for the wall, catch illegal immigrants, prioritize jobs for Americans and enforce immigration laws. He might not be the best when it comes to diversity, but he certainly does have ideas of change.

People who were born in America do not worry about that fear of thinking that they do not belong, I came to America legally with my family. We thought of the United States as a place of racial diversity, sexual diversity and acceptance. Some people voted for him because they do not feel the same as I do. Since elections, I go unsure whether I will witness a racism rage from anyone.

Everyone is afraid, but on Friday, Jan. 20 we will find out what is he really capable of.