In This Issue: May, '18
May 02, 2018 02:55PM
By Jason Huddle
I spent part of my childhood in Latin America. As a missionary kid I had the privilege of living in Mexico, Costa Rica and southern Texas.
Needless to say, I have a unique perspective on the current debate of illegal aliens, DACA Dreamers and the like. I know what it’s like to not have anyone else that looks like you, or even speaks your language, on your block. I have seen true poverty. By that, I don’t mean a family living on welfare in a run-down apartment. I mean entire families living in a 10’x10’ shack, with a mud floor, made from tin and aluminum scrap. I mean families who literally have nothing and have no choice but to scrape together and fight every day to have just a fraction of what even the poorest in America have. Where these people live, there is no welfare or entitlements. There are no shelters or soup kitchens and few even care.
I say this to give you a true understanding of why so many people are desperately trying to come into this country, both illegally and legally. I also have experience with the system to come into this country that is so expensive and bogged down in bureaucracy and red tape that it serves as the primary deterrent for anyone trying to enter the U.S. the right way. Does that mean we should just let everyone in who desires it? Of course not. But the system must be fixed. Walls won’t solve everything.
Regardless of your position on the issue, the fact remains that the Hispanic population in Cabarrus County has grown exponentially over the past two decades. As of 2015, one in every 10 people in Cabarrus County is of Hispanic descent and that number continues to climb. This is why we decided to dedicate this issue of CM to celebrating Hispanic culture in our region, as well as those in our community – like Emily Francis – who are truly making a difference. They may not have been born here, but our county is certainly better for them being here.
So, take a moment and immerse yourself in a culture that puts family above all else, embraces its heritage and, frankly, creates some of the best food known to man, in my humble opinion.
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