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Commentary On Breaking Through By Francisco Jimenez

1587 words - 7 pages

Immigration is a large aspect of American history. In the book Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez, we are able to see the struggles of one Hispanic boy immigrating to the United States from Mexico. Many of the people in the community that Francisco lived in didn’t really accept Hispanic people. It was really depressing that he would make friends, go over to their house and their parents wouldn’t let him come over again, simply because he was Hispanic. In Diversity Matters the text states, “Unique stresses created by the process of immigration to another country and discrimination faced in the new country can create psychological distress for many immigrants” (Spradlin 126). During this time in America, there was still a lot of discrimination going on not only with Hispanics, but other minority races like African Americans. This really goes to show how far our country has come over the years. There is still a long way to go, but I think that if people are more educated and aware of the discrimination people face on a daily basis they will be more open-minded. The United States is becoming more open to diversity, but first we will look at the struggles of one Hispanic boy growing up here illegally in Breaking Through.
Before coming to the United States illegally with his family, Francisco lived in a small village north of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. His family left Mexico in hopes of leaving their life of poverty behind them. Francisco and his family moved from place to place throughout California, following the crops and living in migrant labor camps. Unfortunately, Francisco’s father started to have back problems from picking crops for so many years. Francisco’s family lived in Bonetti Ranch in army barracks for a few years on and off. Francisco was going to school at El Camino Junior High School in Santa Maria when one day, what he had feared every single day finally became a reality. A border patrol officer came to pick up Francisco and his older brother Roberto from school because the family was being forced to leave the country. After traveling on a bus for twenty hours the family arrived in Nogales, Arizona, and crossed over the border to Mexico. The family struggled when they arrived back in Mexico, with virtually nothing but themselves. Day after day, they waited for their green cards, and finally they were issued them after passing physical examinations. This whole process took the family about 3 weeks.
After Francisco and Roberto were split up from their family and living back at Bonetti Ranch, they were working and going to school to try and support their family, who was living in Guadalajara. The family struggled to make ends meet, but hoped that one day soon they would all be reunited again. During this time, Francisco and Roberto were able to experience life like they had never been able to before. The boys would go to dances every weekend and Francisco began talking to a girl named Peggy. One day she had just completely...

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