Presentation on theme: "What if we do nothing? A teenage boy will cross the desert to be with the parents he has not seen since he was two. Leaving behind the parents whove raised."— Presentation transcript:
What if we do nothing? A teenage boy will cross the desert to be with the parents he has not seen since he was two. Leaving behind the parents whove raised him Adios, abuelito. Te quiero, abuelita. Meeting his siblings for the first time. Thrust into a new and extraño world. Lost and Found.
What if we do nothing? A teenage girl will span the distance between her mother and her father Their divorce imprinted on her heart. Split in two. Mexico and America Where are you from? we ask. Her big eyes respond. Blank. ¿De donde soy? No lo sé. I dont know.
Born in the United States of America. Carried to Mexico at three by her Mexican mother. Adiós, Papa. Te quiero. Living in Mexico but not legalized there means No high school. No drivers license. No future in Mexico.
She returns to America, Land of the free at eighteen. Driven back across the border by her father. Adiós, Mama. Te quiero mucho! Invisible there. Silent here.
What if we do nothing? Si la visa universal se extiende el día en que nacemos y caduca en la muerte Porque te persiguen mojado si el cónsul de los cielos ya te dio permiso If the universal visa is given the day we are born and expires at death Why are you still wet if the consulate in the sky has given you permission? A young man will wait and listen as Arjona sings in the background :
His brother and father will cross into Mexico to visit his sick grandmother. He will wait at home. Left behind. Papers submitted. Hands in prayer. Please change something. Let me work. Let me drive. Let me stay. I know no other country. My parents crossed the border with me when I was a baby. This is my home. America, Let me be Visible. Free.
What if we do nothing? These children live. Silent. Invisible. Little liberty or justice. For them. While waiting for a universal visa to unite their divided lives.