Most people don’t want to leave their country but have no choice.
Rafael Cruz grew up in Cuba and, as he recalls, life was good. When government corruption started to threaten his country’s sovereignty, Cruz did what so many other Cubans did: he joined the resistance. After being beaten, arrested and eventually released, Cruz felt he had no other option but leave Cuba. Scared for his life and the life of his family, a nervous Cruz left Cuba for the United States. He worked as a dish washer while going to the University of Texas in Austin, graduating with a degree in mathematics with a minor in chemical engineering. After that, Cruz did what many immigrants do: he sought out a job to improve the life of his family. Despite being told that he would be discriminated against for being Latino, he chased his dream to be a professional.
Cruz’s story is a real story of immigration and why people from all over the world make the journey to the U.S. It isn’t because immigrants are looking to take anything away, but because immigrants want a better life.
While you were lamenting Mexico’s humiliating 0-7 loss to Chile in the Copa America quarterfinals, sh*t was going down in Oaxaca, Mexico. On Sunday, confrontations between a teacher’s union and police — both federal and state — resulted in nine people killed, at least 100 injured, and 22 missing people.
A teacher’s union in Oaxaca set up multiple highway blockades as a protest.
Sunday’s confrontations were the violent climax of seven days of demonstrations by the National Coordinator of Education Workers (Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación/CNTE). The teacher’s union has been protesting education reform that would change the way they are evaluated, as well as the arrest of two of its leaders for alleged money laundering. That protest took the form of blocking major highways connecting Oaxaca to Mexico City. In some instances, the roads were blocked by passenger buses set on fire.
Federal and state police were called in to shut things down. That only made things worse.
It’s still unclear which side started the confrontation, but the presence of law enforcement made a volatile situation even worse. According to the Mexican federal police, the protestors began attacking first.
The protestors allegedly lobbed Molotov cocktails at police.