A humanitarian crisis at San Diego/ Tijuana 

This last November I was given the opportunity to travel to Tijuana on a reporting assignment with one of my station’s reporters. 

(It’s been quite some time since I last wrote or posted on here, therefore let me catch you up.  

I have have been working for San Diego’s CBS News 8 station for about two years now.) 

The assignment was to report on the humanitarian crisis at the USA/Mexico border. Over the past year, there has been an influx of Haitian immigrants arriving at the border. 

Thousands of them traveled from Brazil, trough South, Central American and through Mexico looking for a better life. 

These Haitian immigrants only speak creole, French, some Spanish and Portuguese. 

That’s where I came in with my Spanish and French “skills.” 

I acted as an interpreter. And it was all worth it! 

Watch the full report “CBS News 8 looks at the humanitarian crisis at the border” that aired in November 2016. 

The Orion Prayer

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One day my prayers will be heard
Million of light years away
Through Orion’s Belt
May the words of my lips reach
God’s ears
Million of light years away
Through Orion’s Belt
May my prayers come before God
God,
Please don’t delay and act with haste
Please hear my prayers
Millions of light years away
Through Orion’s Belt
May the words of my lips reach Your ears

Balboa Park’s December Nights

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‘Tis the season to be jolly and there is no better way to kick of the holiday spirit than attending Balboa Park’s December Nights. December nights will take place for the 35th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 6, 3-11 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, noon-11 p.m.

Participating Balboa Park museums will open their doors free of charge from 5-9 p.m. both evenings. Organizers are expecting to draw 350,000 visitors who will be part of the joyous two day event. December Nights is San Diego’s largest free community festival.

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Small Business Saturday

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Black Friday is a week from today. It’s a great day for capitalism and consumerism in the United States. Shoppers stand in long lines that wrap around their favorite retail buildings hoping to get a good deal on their favorite goods.

There is another way to shop and you don’t have to rush through your family Thanksgiving dinner, or set an alarm to head to the store at 3 in the morning. It is Small Business Saturday. The day we should shop small. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. It was founded by American Express in 2010, and it is celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Small Business Saturday is November 30th.

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Well, small businesses are the ‘corner’ stores that create jobs in our communities. The local shops are what keep our communities going and whose very presence makes a neighborhood, our neighborhood.

Don’t stress about rushing through dinner, or having to get a spot in line at big retailers, shop local. When you shop at local businesses, you support the little things that make your community great. One of the benefits is, the money you spend at the local business, stays in your neighborhood. As a perk, American Express card members can get a one-time $10 statement credit for spending $10 or more in a single, in-store transaction on November 30th.

If you will be out of town, you can see this site to locate local small businesses in the area you will be in and/or in La Jolla.

(This Blog was published on the La Jolla Blue Book Blog under a different name; however, I am the original and only writer for this piece).

Citizenship Exam

Well ladies and gentlemen, I am one step closer to becoming a U.S Citizen.

I have been a permanent resident since 1994, I was born in Mexico; yet I still know more US history than someone who was born in the land of the free and the brave. Sad but true!

All that stands in the way is my oath ceremony. I am crossing my fingers it  doesn’t take forever.

Today’s exam was a simple one. The Immigration Officer was really, she reviewed my application with me and asked simple questions. Verification of who I was, where I had lived, country of origin, trips outside of the U.S., if I had any allegiance to any totalitarianism and communist parties. After all the official verification, the three part exam began.

First Part: Oral

Second Part: Written

Third Part: Ten Civic (U.S. History) Questions, (You only need to get six correct)

It was all over in less than 20 minutes.

First Part: I had to recite: “Who was Abraham Lincoln?” (I really wanted to say, ‘A Vampire Slayer’)

Second Part: I had to write: “Abraham Lincoln was president during the Civil War”.

Third Part: The six questions (If I can remember them): 1) Who is the speaker of the house? 2) Name two of the longest rivers in the U.S. 3) How many years do we elect a president for? 4) When was the Deceleration of Independence enacted? 5)What do we call the first ten amendments in the Constitution? and 6) What do we call the people who lived here before the settlers arrived?

Needless to say, I answered all six questions with flying colors!

I have been recommended for naturalization, which simply means I have to wait now for about 30 to 60 days to go and take my oath. I am hoping and crossing my fingers some big political figure like the President does it! Or if the ceremony could take place on board the USS Midway, that would be just flipping amazing!

Soon I’ll be a true American will the ability to vote and run for public office! Congress here I come!

Well that’s all folks!