America's Lack of Consciousness (Encounter many risks on their way to…
America's Lack of Consciousness
Connecting to Ocean Vuong's experiences in "A Letter To My Mother She Will Never Read"
an immigrant from Vietnam to the U.S.
Lived in a poor neighborhood
People unaware of his living conditions :!::!::!:
Mom suffering from PTSD
Having to undergo a violent childhood
Was too young to understand the conditions
Was viewed as some sort of an outsider
People were not so accepting of him at first glance
Immigrants having to leave their home countries
Forced out due to the amount of violence
Gang related activities and death threats
Territorial/civil wars ongoing within the country
Corrupt governments/police who do not provide safety
Their only option is to travel to the U.S.
Pay off a "coyote" to get them into the U.S. illegally
Encounter many risks on their way to the U.S.
Mexican cartels trying to force immigrants into sex trafficking
Risk being raped, kidnapped, or killed by gang members
Can be taken advantage of by "coyote"
"Coyotes" are known for forcing many victims into rape
Can decide to leave a person behind if they don't cooperate
Does not treat people as if they're human beings
Simply want to get paid for their job
Face challenges even when they get to the U.S.
Usually arrive to U.S. with little to no money at all
No shelter, food, or water
Speak little to no English
Cannot communicate with those around them
Can be caught by U.S. Border Patrol
Would be sent off to detention facility
Terrible conditions in the cells where they're held
Freezing temperatures, confined spaces, food rationed
Processed back to home country
Stripped away from their children
Immigrants expected to start working once they arrive
Rejected from strict employers
Lack of fluent English speaking abilities
Do not have Social Security or health insurance
Only accepted at jobs with hazardous conditions
Construction, farming, field work, landscaping, custodial
May be missing prior experience
Many employers require resumes with prior work in the field
Lack of knowledge in how to do job properly