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Black Immigrants Are Facing Rampant Racism In Mexico While Waiting For US Asylum: "We Have No Choice"
When Laure fled Cameroon in 2019, she never expected to be sleeping on the streets of Tijuana, eating from trash cans and, more than a year later, still fighting near-constant racism while trying to gain asylum in the US.
During those initial weeks, she said she came to understand her cold new reality when she was unable to find employment despite having a nursing certification.
“She asked for my papers, my diploma. I gave it to her. Maybe 30 minutes later, she called me and said, ‘We have no work for a stranger,’” Laure said. “If somebody lives in your country and has documents, how are they a stranger? I told her, ‘You want to say that I am Black, that I have a Black color.’”
“Many times I would pass in the road, and every time the Mexican guys say, ‘Cuánto, cuánto, cuánto.’ I didn’t know what this ‘cuánto’ meant. I think maybe it was a greeting, because I didn’t know Spanish. So I say, ‘Hola, hola!’” Laure said.
Black Immigrants Are Facing Rampant Racism In Mexico
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Pulitzer Winner Jose Antonio Vargas Still Wrestles With Being Gay
Vargas came out about his immigration status publicly in 2011 and has since devoted his entire career to fighting for the rights of undocumented people.
Now Vargas is ready to focus more energy on himself, starting with his sexuality. "I'm trying to understand the gay thing," Vargas says. He makes a point to say that he's 38 years old and has never had a serious romantic relationship. Being undocumented has colored his entire life, even his personal relationships he's still discovering.
On this week's episode of LGBTQ&A, Jose Antonio Vargas talks about becoming more comfortable with his queerness, why the mainstream media's coverage of immigration is so dangerous, and the silver lining of the Trump era.