It’s so annoying being undocumented sometimes. There are all these reminders all over the place laughing at you; like post it’s about your immigration status in the form of billboards, ads, flyers and much more.
My alarm clock is tuned to the radio and this morning all I heard was prizes I could win if I called at the right time. A car or trips to different countries on boats or planes were waiting for me all I had to do was call. Sometimes I tell myself, “okay, today is going to be an immigration free day” but the world around me doesn’t listen.
I wonder if the people who make all these billboards and ads realize how annoying they are. Do they do it on purpose to bother those who are undocumented? Even Barbie has all these jobs I cannot have.
As I’m making my way to work or to school or the beach or the park or the supermarket I cannot help but wonder who is undocumented around me. Sometimes, I just wish I could worry about other things like school, work or money without my immigration status coming into play but it’s branded into my skin.
Walking down the street is enough to anger someone who doesn’t have papers. I can only imagine someone who is not active in any organization that advocates for immigration rights. All these advertisements make it seem like we are not welcomed here or there. That’s why we try to outreach and use media to shed light on us, so others out there can see they are not alone.