La Mariposa en la Pared

The everyday experiences of latino immigrants through the eyes of an outsider. Las vidas típicas de unos inmigrantes latinos a través de los ojos de una forastera.

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"To me it’s always interesting when you get accepted somewhere you don’t really belong. It’s interesting when people open up and let you in their world." - Gilles Mingasson

Friday, September 15, 2006

Mission Statement

My plan for this blog is to encourage understanding and compassion for the newly arrived latinos among us, whether they came here as fully documented guests of the United States, or secreted across a border, or two or three borders, to live as unobtrusively as possible and work for a better life for themselves and their families.

I don't intend for this blog to be a forum for the discussion of the political aspects of immigration, although I expect there will be people who want to comment regarding illegal immigration. While I welcome all thoughtful comments whether or not they agree with my point of view, I encourage anyone interested in this issue to visit one of the blogs listed in my Links. My intent is not so much to put forth my opinions on the subject as to simply offer the stories of a few individuals and allow you, the reader, to form your own opinions.

My goal is to submit one or two posts a week that simply reflect the daily lives of a group of immigrants I have the priviledge of knowing. I am partly an observer, and partly a participant, in their lives. I hope that by bringing their stories to light, and bringing the huge and often overwhelming issue of immigration down to a personal level, I may encourage greater understanding of this rapidly growing segment of our population.

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