Skip to comments.A search for acceptance: An undocumented student lives in limbo
Posted on 01/23/2011 7:37:16 AM PST by artichokegrower
Xochitlquetzal hates the words "illegal" and "alien," especially when they're side by side.
"It's dehumanizing this idea that a person can be illegal,' and by calling someone an alien you label them as an other,' as not human," the UC Santa Cruz student said.
The community studies major has a remarkable memory and tells vivid stories from childhood, many of which come back to an endless struggle for acceptance.
Xochitlquetzal carries a serious demeanor, with broad shoulders that seem to support an unseen weight.
None of this is surprising when Xochitlquetzal stares with large, dark, emotive eyes and begins to tell the story of growing up in California an undocumented immigrant and transgender.
(Excerpt) Read more at santacruzsentinel.com ...
We can change things for him.
We’ll call him “valued friend”.
Where valued = illegal
and friend = alien.
Wonder what they would call me if I was in Mexico illegally? Probably prisoner #567.
“A search for acceptance: An undocumented student lives in limbo”
A search for acceptance: An illegal alien lives in limbo.
A necessary editorial fix.
Why doesn’t he apply for LEGAL CITZENSHIP?
ALL these years he CHOSE to be ILLEGAL.
NO sympathy here.
Perhaps he should have a gander at our Constitution.
It might clear up the "illegal" part a bit.
I'm so sick of this entitled attitude from illegal aliens.
“Undocumented transgender” — obviously calls for massive federal spending. Who’s looking out for the interests of this new special interest group? They’ve been oppressed for so long by the power structure. Reparations must be paid!
To be ILLEGAL is bad enough but to be a FREAK, transgendered, will NOT be acceptableto NORMAL people. Smash the violins. This is ridiculous.
But they do ~ the words have immutable meanings ~ illegal and alien ~ and they can change everything with a visit "down home", that means down and home ~ somewhere else, and they won't be illegal or alien once they get home!
He would be better served majoring in English rather than community studies; at least then he would be able to use a dictionary and know what the word "alien" actually means.
You’re so right ‘’X’’. Let’s call illegal aliens what they really are: criminals. You know what I hate you little illegal alien bastard? I hate you disrespecting my countrys borders, it’s immigration laws and the fact that every week, like every other hard-working American tax-payer, money is taking out of my paycheck in taxes so your ass and all you other illegals can get a free education, health care and God knows what other freebies. You and your people are parasites bleeding my country try. Go the Hell home and fix your own damn country!
University of California Santa Cruz
Community Studies Major
Summary of Course Requirements
# CMMU 10: Introduction to Community Activism (spring) 5
# CMMU 100(A-Z): Theory and Practice (fall) 5
# CMMU 101: Communities, Social Movement, and The Third Sector (winter) 5
# CMMU 102: Preparation for Field Studies (spring) 5
# CMMU 198: Independent Field Study (summer/fall) 30
# CMMU 194: Analysis of Field Materials (winter) 5
# Four Directed Electives (before/ after field study) 20
CMMU 10, Introduction to Community Activism - The course explores different kinds of community activism (e.g., volunteering, faith based activism, non-profit based service provision and advocacy, community-based organizing) and critically appraises their strengths and shortcomings and their interconnectedness. A central goal is developing a critical perspective on the contemporary political economy of charity and so-called empowerment.
The purpose of the elective requirement is to ensure that you have the necessary intellectual background for your field study and senior capstone requirement. You must take one each in the areas of
# Race, class and privilege (taken prior to field study);
# Regional or historical background (taken prior to field study);
# Political economy (taken before or after field study), and
# Cultural politics and representation (taken before or after field study.
I’ve always been partial to ‘criminal.’
I’d call him “crimalien” ,short for criminal alien.
To me all Transgenders are Aliens.
If they don’t know what the hell they are , how should I?
The entire article is a highly emotive propaganda piece.
He’s right! Lets be more accurate and name what they are: an Invading Hostile Army intent on overthrowing the United states of America. Then we can deal with them as “humans” an not “aliens”. Repel the invaders!
Kinda a two for one deportation. Can throw out him and her.
I made the mistake of clicking on the link to read the story.
Is it a he transgendering to a she, or a she transgendering to a he?