Joaquin Luna’s essay: Fulfilling a dream in waiting….by Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Nov. 30, 2011, under female-led political movement, Joaquin Luna DREAM Act, Latina matriarch political movement, National tequila party movement
I (via the National Tequila Party Movement) received permission from Marie Mendoza (family of Joaquin Luna) to post Joaquin’s essay about his DREAM. Joaquin was a DREAMer who committed suicide because he felt he had no other option. I cannot stress to you enough the indescribable rage and hurt we feel because of those cold and heartless senators who voted against the DREAM Act, and referred to the DREAM Act as a nightmare. The DREAM Act was an Act of kindness towards our youth.
Joaquin was waiting for his DREAM to be fulfilled and this talented young man (one of our own — our baby) was not able to see it come into fruition. This bright young man was on a healthy course had these United States Senators voted in support of the DREAM Act in 2010 because Joaquin was accepted into ITT and Texas A&M and University of Texas – Pan American in Edinburg, TX, and had high hopes. He was waiting…..
The National Tequila Party Movement is asking Senators right now to pass the DREAM Act before they take their Christmas vacations. How can they sleep? How can they enjoy their vacations when their heartless actions have cost lives here in the ‘land of the free and the brave’? Do these United States Senators not see how Latinos believe the blood of Joaquin Luna is on their hands? These were infants and kids who pledged to our flag and have since they were very young! Why do they want them to be stuck in limbo? If these Senators do not want to pass the DREAM Act, then why don’t they pass a full blown legal immigration reform right now before the new year? Are Republicans that fearful of a Democratic President signing off on Acts that are merciful to my people? Republicans,and Democratic senators who voted against the DREAM Act may not have faith in who we are, but I have faith in mi gente. Who cares who signs the bill! We are tired of this political football and we just want the broken immigration system to be fixed in a way that could ONLY serve to benefit the American economy! You know times are bad when a Latino Senator like Marco Rubio cannot even take a lead on this issue. I have visited his office about a full blown legal immigration reform plan only to hear that this was not important to him — fighting in support of Tea Party causes were. DREAMers and their families deserved the same fair and equitable treatment as the Cubans now receive under the current Immigration system.
We are hard workers and loving with tremendous faith (see Joaquin’s essay below).
We have made a personal promise and commitment to Joaquin Luna’s family that we will not allow his memory to go in vain. We will work everyday as if we are preventing more undocumented suicide incidents. This one hurts us right through our hearts and it cuts into the bone marrow.
Fulfilling a dream in waiting…
Essay By Joaquin Luna
Dedication, effort and hard work has always been with my family, all done for us children in order to survive in this world. At a young age we were taught to never give up in life and to always keep moving forward no matter the obstacles we face. The toughest job I have ever done was picking asparagus off the fields, in Big Rapids, MI. I still remember the hot sun and the sunburns my family and I would acquire when picking the asparagus the wrong way. That summer I struggled, it seemed like it was never coming to an end.
My motivation grew stronger as the season was coming to an end. I could see the tiredness and anxiety in my family’s face. When it came to school my grades were good, but since I started traveling to different states after my parents’ struggle in finding a job. Credit-wise I wasn’t doing good as I started traveling most of the schools I went to didn’t offer any of the classes they were offered in my previous ones. It was a major complication for me but thank god I was able to overcome and accomplish everything needed in order to have earned every credit necessary. When it comes to communication between my teachers, it progressed incredibly. I started to be more outspoken and learn how to ask questions when necessary. I’ve set up goals to become the first in my family to go to college and have fought hard to get to where I stand now. For example, I plan in making it to at least top 25% of my graduation class would be one of my most outstanding achievements if I fulfill to accomplish. Knowing that my older sisters didn’t attend college gives me the encouragement to try my best and finish off what they couldn’t start.
One of my favorite and by far one of my strongest subjects is math. I’ve adapted to math as a different language we need to understand to make it in this world. Since I have really good impressions in the math field I have considered studying a career that deals with it. That is where Architecture will fall under place for my perfect match. My vital goal is to become a successful architect and help my family in any way possible the way they have always helped and been there for me.
If I had the financial requirements to pursue my goal there would be nothing more standing in the way to achieve it. I have confidence that the C.A.M.P program can help me become that person I’ve always dreamed of becoming. It would make a major impact in my whole family especially to my parents who have struggled practically their whole life. They have unconditionally supported me and will continue to do so for the benefit of my brothers as well. I want to demonstrate to them that all that agricultural work done and all those days of giving their best would have been worth it. The sound of being the first one of my family graduating from college makes me want it more because I want to prove not only to myself but to many other people especially my own sisters that even because we don’t have the financial support doesnt mean we need to quit in fulfilling want we always wanted to. That right there would really complete my dream.