In the last couple of weeks our country has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey in Texas where many lost their homes and also suffered the loss of loved ones.
Then came Irma, which went through different places causing total destruction to places like Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and practically every city in the state of Florida. The city of Miami is still a city underwater.
To complete the misfortune of natural tragedies, Mexico suffered the impact of an earthquake that left many people homeless and with a death toll of 65.
To complete matters of great importance, last Monday was the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attack of September 11 to the Twin Towers in New York. A date of remembrance when we need to be together in prayer for the hundred of thousands that lost their lives that fatal day of September 11, 2001. A date we also remember for the many who helped save lives and rescue the bodies of many others who later paid the ultimate price when they lost their own lives as victims of cancer and many other illnesses.
Every time we turn the TV on or open the pages of newspapers, what do we see or read? A group of insensitive and selfish people marching, protesting and demanding things for their own benefit, while ignoring the misfortune of others.
Last Sunday evening supporters of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA, got together near the Trump International Hotel and marched down the Strip to call on President Donald Trump to protect the 800,000 so-called Dreamers from deportation.
Several others have appeared on national television claiming that they don’t want to return to living in the shadows and that they only want to be able to work to help their families.
Personally, I have no idea what shadow they are talking about — do they mean the shadow of a leafy tree? Since the month of January we have seen nothing more than one protest after another with demands and more demands. How can anybody assume that all they want to do is being able to work when they are out marching and protesting on any given day of the week; or do we need to understand that they are getting paid by unknown forces to be out protesting and demanding?
When a person is able to buy a brand new truck costing over $35,000 definitely they are not living in the shadows and there is no sign of oppression.
The Spanish-speaking networks have a motto they repeat every so often: “We are not going to be quiet and we are not going to leave.”
If they are not going to be quiet, then say something positive for the people in need, and if they are not going to leave, why worry about deportation?
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.