Life is be­at­i­full ENGLISH

La Semana - - FRONT PAGE / PORTADA -

In times of Don­ald Trump, when pol­i­tics seem to be more like a foot­ball match rather than an arena of pub­lic dis­cus­sion and rep­re­sen­ta­tion, it is more than nec­es­sary to show the real faces of im­mi­grants.

ENGLISH

That is why La Se­m­ana is telling to­day the story if Yesse­nia Lam­borin, a se­cu­rity guard in Tulsa who is the liv­ing sym­bol of His­panic Re­silience.

Yesse­nia was born in New Mex­ico, but spent most of her life in a bor­der town in Chi­huahua where she learn about the An­glo-His­panic iden­tity, some­thing that to­day char­ac­ter­izes the cul­tural de­vel­op­ment of the im­mi­grant Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties. She used to work in the USA while liv­ing in Mex­ico, and one day she de­cided to cross the bor­der to profit from the ben­e­fits she saw while work­ing on the other side. She did it for her five chil­dren. “They are the best thing that has ever hap­pened to me,” she said.

In the US Yesse­nia achieved the Amer­i­can dream but also fought the worst of the demons, can­cer. She won the bat­tle stand­ing tall and be­ing re­silient. “I did it for my chil­dren,” said Yesse­nia with her heart on her throat and a hand point­ing to God. “I wanted to be around a bit more, I also de­cided to lose weight, be­cause I want to live more time.”

Yesse­nia had a lot of works all along her life, she was a stylist, a para­medic as­sis­tant, she sold food on the street and even sang with the only aim of putting food on the ta­ble for her chil­dren af­ter the tragic loss of her hus­band 13 years ago. “Life is so won­der­ful, but when you have can­cer you start think­ing about what you leave be­hind. Your chil­dren, death,” said the woman.

Here in Tulsa “life has given me a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties; I’ve learned to do lots of things and now I am a se­cu­rity guard,” said Yesse­nia, aware of the risks that her job en­ti­tles. Be­ing a guard im­plies tak­ing care of the rest “of peo­ple you have never met,” in the words of Jesse­nia, but that is ex­actly why she loves her job, be­cause of the love you are com­pelled to pro­vide while car­ing.

“The first time I had to ar­rest some­one my hands started to trem­ble,” con­fessed Yesse­nia, who learned how to man­age the nerves on the way.

Yesse­nia knows that out there are hun­dreds of women like her, and that is why she tells them: “Ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son, first you need to learn how to love your­self, then your chil­dren, and then noth­ing can de­feat you. Don’t be afraid be­cause life is beau­ti­ful.”

“To those who are still young, to the sin­gle moth­ers, to the ones fight­ing can­cer, re­mem­ber it is never to late to be­come who you re­ally want to be. If you have faith in God, ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble.” (La Se­m­ana)

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