All North Americans have their opinions about immigrants. After being almost solely among Latinos in Dallas for a couple weeks, I don’t really care what the North American opinions are. It. is. hard. for immigrants, especially illegal immigrants, to have a good life in the United States.
Latinos are taken advantage of. They are yelled at and belittled in the work place. I’m talking about legal immigrants here. And for those who are illegal workers, they are offered extremely low pay at a very high cost. You don’t want to work 10 hours a day, 7 days a week? Well Gringo Joe can find another immigrant who will, and you can say good bye to your job.
They have a saying here among Latinos: Queria norte? You wanted the north? When it gets tough to be here, you can ask, “Hey. Did you want to come to the U.S. or not? Yes? Well, here it is.” You got what you asked for is the gist of it.
Sometimes I joke with Rafael when our cultural differences collide. Queria gringa? You wanted an American girl? “Here I am.” I smile at him with a hopeful grin.
“Yes. Of course!” He’ll smile back and kiss me. “Te amo, mi gringa loca.” Yo queria latino tambien.
Lately I’ve found myself complaining about everything:
God, this is too hard.
God, I trust You, but I don’t like it this way.
God, I know You’re good, but could You change _____ about my life?
And he comes back to me with these words: Queria Cristo? You wanted Christ?
The life of faith is not easy. It hurts and it’s hard and it stretches our hearts and souls more than we thought possible.
So He says to me: I didn’t tell you it would be easy, baby girl. It’s not supposed to be easy. This is life in Me. Isn’t that what you wanted? Or do you want to go back to what you came from?
Isn’t that what you wanted?
Yes, that’s what I wanted–the life of Christ. I’m trying to remember not to ask God to take away the hard things, and trying to remember that the calling I have received was not for a simple life. It was for this life. The life of Christ.
Maybe not all immigrants queria norte, but, queria Cristo?
Forever and ever, Yes.