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Happy thanksgiving: the history of thanksgiving 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

November 25, 2015

As we probably know by now the last Thursday of November is thanksgiving, a holiday for turkey and mash potato, it is also for giving thanks for a good year that pass. This is a completely American Holliday. Understandably Americans are very protective of this Holliday, 

 Last year, I remembered a story of an undocumented family from Mexico had a thanksgiving dinner. Their neighbors told them that they are not supposed to celebrate thanksgiving because they are not Americans.

The first ever recorded thanksgiving dinner was in the New England area by Pilgrims in short it is by settlers or (immigrants) from Europe. The dinner is for giving thanks for a safe trip to the new world. The pilgrims invited native Americans to join them. 

 The Holliday wasn’t regularly celebrated until the civil war, when president Abraham Lincoln put the date to celebrate the union’s win. Celebrated every 4th week of November, it was a gate way to the Christmas season. 

By the 1930’s during the Great Depression president Franklin D. Roosevelt move the date to the 3rd week of November. So that the retailers will have an ample time to prepare for Christmas, and people are outrage. The very next year FDR signed an executive order that move thanksgiving back to its original date.

Lastly, people should shut up when people want to celebrate thanksgiving even is they are not Americans or if they are undocumented.. It is their right to celebrate the Holliday.
What are you thankful for this year? Here is what I am thankful for, first and foremost I am thankful for the Internet, because if there. is no internet I will not be able to do what ever i want, the blog Secondly, I am thankful for technology in general. Lastly for my family and friends specially, my mom, dad and my sister Joanna who made things possible for me. Happy thanksgiving guys!! 


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Donald Trump and the Syrian refugee crisis  

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte
October 2, 2015
Wednesday evening at a campaign rally in New Hampshire, presidential candidate Donald Trump said that if he become president he will deny the Syrian refugees a place because of the terrorist group ISIS. In Donald Trump’s head all Muslims are Isis, so this got under my skin because what he said is very bigoted. 

First of all, the Republican Party is a joke of a party, as evidenced they tried to repeal Obamacare more than 50 times. They want to win presidential elections but they have no chance of winning in 2016. Donald Trump, why is he in the race, for Christ sake, he does not know what a refugee is or even worse do not care, what is difference between a refugee and immigrant is.

 First thing first, I want to say this, I do not advocate for open borders, the United States is a sovereign state, so they can define their borders. But when time of war or conflict, as the only super power they have a moral duty to take in refugees, like what is happening in Syria today. Good, that they are doing their part. Then Donald Trump has the courage to say what he said, And the crowd cheered him, Donald Trump is such a joke.

The Refugees are coming to America not to be called ISIS, they are coming their for their safety and refuge. It is no different than what happened approximately 75 years ago during World War II, where in the Jewish people were running away from Nazi Germany, America took in thousands of Jewish refugees in the process.

In my opinion, America should take a lot more people, Obama, promised ten thousand refugees, he should double or even triple that number, also he should also make them an immigrant, giving them pathway to citizenship, these people crosses boarders, and almost died. As a true “Christian nation’ America should do the right thing.      

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What’s up with Donald Trump and anchor babies

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte
 In a recent interview with CNN host Chris Cuomo, Donald Trump angered liberals and progressives, when he said that All undocumented immigrants and their American citizen kids should be kick out of the United States. Wow, he is out of touch with the grater public. Republicans have no idea who they wanted as president, he is this racist, ignorant and bigoted person.  
America is a country always replenish by immigrants. Immigrants like Donald Trump’s patronal grandparents. White people came and went to the United States thru Ellis island during the potato famine of the 1840’s Until World War II in the 1940’s. He clearly does not know history. Because Americas immigrants are not predominately white, he and other people are fearful and uncertain of Americas future. Thats why they are acting like that.   
What is an anchor baby? An anchor baby is a child that is born to immigrant parents. Born in the U.S. they are automatically citizens of the Country. The term is offensive though, because of the fact that the parents of those people who are born in the Country will wait decades to be given citizenship.

The constitution states in the fourteenth amendment section one that all citizens that is born in the United States is automatically citizen of the country and states that which they reside on. It will be nearly Impossible to amended the constitution. And need to have a constitutional convention you will need 2/3 votes of both House of Representatives and the senate and then. 3/4 of the states . (judging by how the U.S. Politics is now and how partisan it is. It will be a miracle)
Lastly, people should vote wisely, because people’s rights are so much at risk because of your vote. Don’t let a person like Donald Trump win the elections. I have nothing against the guy but judging by what he is saying. He is not a states man, how can you let him run, America.   

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The Jose Antonio Vargas’ story

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 
         What would you do if your only option is to send your son to lived with your parents in the United States, will you send him. Knowing that he will be illegal. What would you do if a human smuggler came into you’re house and said to you, he is taking your son to America. Knowing that it will be harder for him there, will you still let him go. These are the question that Emily Salinas ask her self when he put his son Jose in the cab on August 2, 1993. Jose Antonio Vargas landed at the Los Angeles international Airpot on August 3rd, it was the start of a very interesting life.

       Jose Antonio Vargas was born in Manila Philippines to young parents Joselito Vargas and Emily Salinas on 3rd February 1981. At aged 3, he’s mom separated with his father, and brought Pepeton ( how he called at home), Jose lived with his grandparents in Iba in the province of Zambales, in 1984, his grandparents left for the United States, Jose was crying but his grandma reassured him that he and his mom is coming to America. But there is a problem. because there is no divorce in the Philippines even if Jose’s parents separated, his mom couldn’t come via a family petition because permanent residence parents couldn’t petition married children, grandparents could not petition their grandchildren.

        Jose’s grandfather bought a fake passport, green card and social security number, for 45000 dollars so that he can come to America . He landed at LAX on August of 1993. For a kid who grow up poor in the Philippines, America was like heaven for him. That same year he started middle school at Crittenden Middle School, when he heard the US national anthem for the first time, he thought that it meant like Oh Jose can you see.

          When Jose was 16, he went to the DMV ( department of motor vehicles), He did not tell his grandparents he brought his green card with him, he gave the DMV person the green card, the personnel said that the card was fake, and don’t come back here again. Jose was shock and don’t believed what the person said, he confronted his grandfather and said ‘is this fake’, his grandfather said two things yeah, ‘that’s fake’ and you are not supposed to be here. He did not know what to do, he is angry with his mom and grandparents for not thinking it thru. His choir teacher was planing a competition trip to Japan he said he could not afford it she said no we will find away but he said I have no papers I am not supposed to be here. The teacher told him they will go to Hawaii instead to accommodate him.

         Jose was 17, when his English teacher, said that he ask to many questions and do journalism. She sent him to a to a journalism camp, he went, he was very surprised to see his name on the top of the page, (the byline). he figured if I could not be here because I have no papers what if I am on the paper, he figured. In his junior year. While in his history class after watching a film on Harvey Milk the San Fransisco city counselor who was shot to death, he know he was gay, after the film he raises his hand and he said something like this I am sorry Harvey Milk for dying for being gay.,….I am gay. He ran out of his classroom. After class he told his grandparents, his grandfather kick him out of the house. Because he’s grandfather has a plan, the plan is to for him to work under the table jobs. (waiting, babysitting, salesman) marry an American woman and get papers.

       Jose had stopped talking to his mom and grandparents, his high-school principal became a mother figure to him. The time has come for him to go to college, but being an undocumented immigrant meant that he is paying a rate of a foreign student. His high school principal finds a man that is giving scholarship found for needy students He went to the San Francisco State University, he majored in Political Science/African studies He was a good student. He got internships, internships at the Philadelphia Daily News and at the Seattle times, but was rejected from the Seattle Times after he told the PR person he was undocumented after this incident he and high school his superintendent went to a lawyer, and said the only option was to go back to the Philippines accept a ten year ban and try to comeback, the superintendent said that he compartmentalize the issue and he will keep going. Working part time at the San Francisco Chronicle.while applying for that specific part time job, he check the US citizen box further more complicating his case. The Summer of his senior year he applied for an internship for the Washington Post.

       Jose was just 24, when he got a full time job Working for the Washington Post. There is a catch, he can’t be there without a drivers license. He haven’t driven before but he want the job. So he went to the local library for a day and Learn that Oregon have one of the lenient requirements, he only needed two things first, his paycheck and an Oregon recency, he have a friend who is living in Oregon. Off he want to Oregon. He had eight years to ‘write his way into America’ he had eight years to prove to people that he belong in America, four months in his job he told an editor his secret, the editor said ‘we are in this together, he have social security card that his grandfather gave him), he covered the 2005 state dinner for the Japanese Prime Minster, he covered the the presidential campaign in 2008, but the biggest achievement of his journalistic career came in 2008 when he is a part of the Washington post team that won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting of the Virginia Tech shooting in 2008 at the aged 27.

     At aged of 27, Jose was livIng The AMERICAN DREAM, he has a wonderful life while he was still undocumented, when his grandmother learned that he won the Pulitzer her question is WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN PEOPLE FINE OUT, he hang the phone ran to the comfort room, and cried. By 2009 he left the Washington Post, he move to New York to joined the Huffington Post, he always wanted to live in New York after watching Manhattan, (the Woody Allen film). At this time he started watching videos of young undocumented people called DREAMers, they called them selves ‘Undocumented, unafraid, unapologetic, Jose can’t believe, ‘How can say you’re that you’re unafraid, I am so scared’. He said to him self, His dream job came when he was asked to cover Mark Zacherburg for the NewYorker, one night while he is interviewing him, Mark turn the tables on Jose and said Dude, where are you from. It’s Just a very basic question but he couldn’t answer. He knew that after profiling Mark, he needed to come out.

    The spring of 2011, Jose contacted some of his former editors at the Washington Post but at the final minute, they killed the story. Fortunately he contacted the New York Times, the Times said Yes. (By this time his Oregon license has expire, so he got a drivers license in Washington State.) the article is called “OUTLAW”, it was release around the country on June 2011, the next few weeks for him had been after he very busy he did TV guestings at shows like Anderson Cooper 360, The Bill O’Reily Factor The Rachel Maddow show and many more. But he didn’t here from the Government but the Washington drivers license had been revoke, he founded a non-profit organization, when he did not hear from the government. So he contacted the editor of Time Magazine that he wanted to do an article on why he wasn’t deported. Time Magazine’s editors wanted to put his picture on the cover but the resented, he said we need undocumented young people, the editors of TIME were worried that they will not find people to put on cover he said ‘are you kidding me on FACEBOOK!!! They find the right people, he and 34 others appeared on the cover of TIME, cover story was ‘We Are.Americans: Not Just Legally.

          While doing journalistic work he is working on his 2nd documentary it’s called DOCUMENTED, (the first documentary was on AIDS, 2008 The Other City: AIDS on Washington DC) Documented.was released on early 2014 and was released on CNN on June 29, 2014. He has flowed around America with a Philippine Passport that the embassy in New York gave him after his drivers license was revoke. He was arrested near the The US Mexico border on July 15 2014, he went there to check on the Central American children who came to America, for refuge in an interview after being release Vargas, said the it wasn’t a stunt and he was doing this for the Central American children, he was given an immigration court date but it maybe years away. on 3rd August 2014 he celebrated his 21st year in America.

     Jose wasn’t qualified for Differed Action because he is four months older it’s 30 under, when it was sign in as an executive order he turned 31, but he is lobbying for ‘Earn Citizenship, he and his mother had reconciled on the documentary (documented) he and his mom saw each other for the first time via Skype, He paid under 200 thousand US dollars in Federal, State and local taxes since he was working at aged 18. He became a good citizen of his adopted country.

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 Americans misconceptions about immigration

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

    Since presidential candidate Donald Trump saiid those nasty things about Mexican immigrants, like they are all murderers and rapist. People in America have a misconception about this “illegal” immigrants and immigration in general. Americans don’t know the facts.

     Immigration is the most controversial yet least understood topic in America. People don’t really want to touch this topic because of their personal history. Plus it’s primarily the Media’s fault. I want to debunk five myths about immigration.

Myth: Undocumented immigrants don’t want to be legal 
    They do, but they can’t. There is no recourse for immigrants to get legal once they are illegal. Plus the immigration code of the United States is much more complicated than a tax code. 

2. Myth: undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes

      According to Vice News undocumented immigrants pay 11.3 billion dollars in state and local taxes in 2011. Furthermore in the social security secretary said in an interview with Vice news that undocumented immigrants pays S.S with their fake or doctored papers. 

3. Myth: All undocumented people are Mexicans 

   Although 6 million of 11 million are Mexican, the rest are not. 1 million are from Asia: the largest group are Filipinos with 300. thousand. 800 thousand are from Central America. 300 thousand are from Europe. (as in white people). 

4. Myth: a lot of undocumented workers are criminals  

    I’m sorry for what happened in San Fransisco recently but this is so frustrating because this is simply not true. Last year 30 thousand are apprehended but only 5000 have felony offenses and are deported.

5. Myth: border security: securing the U.S. Mexico border 

  The U.S. Mexico border is more secure than ever due to technology. I have a question: What border can withstand every human will.

     Lastly, what Donald Trump said is wrong, bigoted and racist. These people came to America because of the poverty in Mexico and elsewhere. They don’t want to be called illegal. They wanted a better life for there families What wouldn’t you do for a better life.

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