When Jose Varagas was 12 he left the Philippines to come to the USA. He boarded a plane with who he thought was his uncle, but turned out to be a coyote that illegally brought him to the United States. At the time he did not know he was illegally coming here. He went to go live with his grandparent, Lolo and Lola, he did not discover he was illegally there until he went to go get a leaners permit. The person working there whispered to him that his papers were fake. However, he believed that if he worked hard, he would prove himself as a person and be granted citizenship. He was wrong. For the last 14 years he has worked hard as a journalist and he has not been granted citizenship.
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I know, now you think I am the type of person who walks around telling kids that Santa Clause isn't real, making balloon animals for them, then popping it, and telling them that their parents are paid to act like they love them. But, I'm not. It is what I truly believe, for instance in Gattaca the main character knew he was going to die young, this allowed him to make the most of what he had, and instead of complain, he worked on fixing it. Actually, Gattaca has a lot to do with undocumented immigrants in general, it is about a man that blood tests showed that he was going to die early, so no one would hire him. He then has to fake his papers, and never tell anyone that he has fake papers in order to get a good job. Another interesting point I found in the article was how much mistrust he must have had to never be found out, he couldn't even trust those closest to him with his secret. This made him distance some people and never get into a long term relationship. One of the reasons I believe that Reyna distanced herself from others, and fell in love with books because she was subconsciously pushing many people away.
Link to the Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/magazine/my-life-as-an-undocumented-immigrant.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0