Fredricksburg Represents

Now these guys are the reason we’re here today. All of them are hardworking Americans – North Americans – who are looking to make a better life for themselves. Out representing Fredericksburg, they drove down today, skipping out on work for more than themselves.

They drove down with their families, the love ones they are working hard to raise right. And while they are legal immigrants, they didn’t start out that way. They worked heard for not only money but also legality. And they’ll be back at work tomorrow, making this country great.

They’ll be working hard, in Spanish, which for some feels threatening. Some may say “here we speak English!” or be tempted to discriminate based on accent. I laugh at this, and point at myself as a great example.

While my father swam the Rio Grande, by the time of his death, he was more comfortable in English than Spanish. And his son? I am the Gringo Cousin, more fluent in Russian than Spanish.

Welcome to America!

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Married, mortgaged, and soon to be a father, Wayan Vota is in the fast lane to mid-life respectability – until the day his brood finds his intimate journal of global traveling and curses him with the ever-eternal reply “I’m gonna be just like you, Dad!”

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