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blog: Immigrants and the way it is

Christopher Klaschik
Vail CO, Colorado

Hello everyone!

I know it has been awhile since last I wrote on my growing up in Vail in the 70’s. But things have been real hectic with me since the move back.

Knowing that my stories might have sparked wonderful and not so wonderful memories of years past; I write to you today of something that I am very ashamed of.

Something that I have learned in the last few months of being back. Before I begin I want you all to be well assured that what I am about to tell you might or might not shock you.

It shocked me for sure.

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I have learned that my valley, the valley that I grew up in is in turmoil more so than I thought.

I understand the valley growing and expanding to accommodate the many people moving to the area and making it there home.

I also understand the need for renovation that Vail and all of Eagle county is doing, but to bring in schools that cater to our Spanish speaking friends from the south is a bit much.

What I mean by this is that I have recently found out of this new school in the area that gives the Mexican population the right to go to school but with a Spanish curriculum.

Am I mistaken here? Don’t I live in America? The United States of?

I have also learned that certain public educational and medical facilities have turned down numerous well educated professional teachers and professional medical staff because of not knowing Spanish!

Now I know its a double edged sword we are looking at.

For instance, we need the workers. The laborers to help build this valley. But we also wanted these skilled workers and laborers to help build this country back in the days of mass immigration.

My parents from Germany, your parents from Ireland, his parents from Russia and so on.

But the big difference is that when mine came over they were told that in order to work and live in this great land called America, they needed to learn and speak the language!

They didn’t have these special schools or schools that were designed strictly for there nationality! Please believe me when I say that its wonderful that this country can be so forgiving and helpful towards the less fortunate and the ones that want to immigrate here.

But this is going to far for my “Cup of Tea”! I do have very good friends that are from Mexico and or of Spanish decent and they learn and try very hard to learn our language (and for those of you who might have forgotten…its English). Just as if I were to move to another country I would take every effort in learning there language to survive and work within there culture. As should they do here.

I find it very difficult to understand why highly educated Teachers and Nurse’s should feel discriminated working in there own country. And in an area like ours that needs these wonderful citizens.

“Your credentials are outstanding, she says. By the way, do you speak Spanish?”

“No sorry I don’t.” “Well, she says….I can’t hire you, sorry.” Think about how that would make you feel. Do you “A” brush it off and maybe learn Spanish?

Or “B” feel discriminated against and fight for your right as an American? Or none of the above?

Let me know your thoughts! And next time, I promise my story will be a little more entertaining.


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