Saturday, December 15, 2007

Angela Arenivar

A child of former undocumented immigrants from Mexico featured in the Oscar Nominated Documentary Spellbound. Her parents worked as ranch hands in order to provide her a future here in the U.S.


  • Qualified for the National Spelling Bee
  • Graduate of Texas A&M University
  • Graduate student at the University of New Mexico
  • Aspires to be a college professor
Angela is another prime example of what happens when immigrants (or in this case the child of immigrants) are given a chance. Although, Angela's story may have a happy ending, there are still thousands of children like Angela who are still waiting. That is why the DREAM Act is needed for children who grew up here but are not fortunate enough to been born here. It's a technicality that haunts thousands of American children.

Everyone go out and rent Spellbound, you won't regret it.


Fash said...

That's probably the girl who kicked my ass in my fourth grade spelling bee.

I'm working on a list of dreamers in the news and their stories and I hope to have it compliment the list Swim is making. And to be's a long list so far. Drain on our nation, indeed...

Codex said...

Does she look Mexican to you?

No, she doesn't, which goes to show not all Mexicans have brown skin, which ties into racial profiling people do.

I once knew American citizens who looked so Mexican they had been told they were undocumented and some even tried to deport them.

Hundreds like her out there, I'm glad she got a happy ending.

Willy said...

flash, add Erik Jovani Martinez to your list.

you "once knew American citizens who looked so Mexican" ?? Uh huh.

Damn Mexicans said...

Welcome Will, we're happy to have you. Please check out the links I have regrading immigration.

Here's a quote that might interest you, "WASHINGTON — Immigrants — both legal and illegal — do not raise the rate of crime in the United States, according to a study released Monday.
In every ethnic group, incarceration rates among young men are lowest for immigrants, even those who are less educated."

Swim said...

This is another great way to get DREAM Act out there - have people like Angela - who would be in our situation - come out and speak.

Alex said...

we need the Dream Act.

Anonymous said...

that is indeed a very touching film. everyone should go out and watch it.

Anonymous said...

Here is another story to blog about:,1,2774675.story

Its about a small border town whose residents are mostly people that have descended from those that were living there before Texas was part of the US.

Now, the INS wants to use eminent domain to seize their property so that a fence can be built.

Anonymous said...

Sorry here is the link:
A town against the wall

Damn Mexicans said...

^ Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Such bravery on her part. Too bad I've seen cases where they do come out and than get deported. It is sad... :-(

Damn Mexicans said...

Anglea is "legal". She is one of the lucky ones. Unfortunately, many don't have that option. That is why we need the DREAM Act.