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    Family Fiesta Day for MIGRANTS in NC

    Please offer me your comments on this story found in my local paper. What questions does this raise????

    Annual event offers music, fun, education
    Family Fiesta fun

    By T. Scott Batchelor
    The Daily Reflector

    Monday, June 05, 2006

    Signs adorned with icons of sombreros and maracas pointed the way to Wellcome Middle School on NC 11 north of Greenville Sunday.

    There, it may be Wildcat Country most days, but it was the domain of area Hispanics on the annual Family Fiesta Day put on Sunday by the Pitt County Schools Migrant Education Program.

    Up and running for at least 10 years, the fiesta has several purposes, said Audrey Nobles, director of the migrant program.

    "The primary one is to introduce the migrant population to several different agencies and services that are available," Nobles said Sunday as Latin music pumped out of a cafeteria transformed into a stage for musicians.

    "And to have fun," she said.

    The perimeter of the school gym was lined with tables set up by groups and agencies ranging from the Boy Scouts to the Pitt County Health Department to the N.C. Agromedicine Institute.

    That a celebration was on hand was evidenced by a table where kids and adults could get their faces painted with whimsical drawings; out back, an inflatable ride stood by where stocking children bounced around in the June heat.

    "There's not a lot of Hispanics around here, so anytime we hear about entertainment we come to check it out," said Maurice Bick, who came with his father and baby sister.

    His father spoke little English, allowing Maurice to field the questions.

    The language barrier, not to mention cultural obstacles, is one reason the Pitt schools put on the fiesta every year to act as a one-stop-shopping site for nonprofits and government services, Nobles said.

    "We want our migrant families to feel comfortable in our community," she said, "and the more exposure they have, the better."

    Word traveled throughout the region, including to Kinston, where Idania Hernandez, 14, came with her mom, Beatriz, "Because we wanted to learn about all the stuff."

    Nearby, part of the "stuff" was offered by the county health department.

    "We're trying to let them be aware that immunizations are very important," said Peggy Valenti, a communicable disease nurse with the health department.

    She said her department has seen cases of such diseases, including mumps and whooping cough, among the migrant population.

    "Those can be prevented by getting your immunization," she said. "So often, (migrant workers) aren't aware that they need their shots."

    Getting a shot likely wasn't on the mind of 9-year-old Robert Hernandez, but making a shot was, as he concentrated on tossing a colorful ring around the head of an inflatable dolphin.

    "I'm trying every game they have," Robert said.

    He picked up a couple of get-the-ball-in-hole games for ringing the dolphin.

    He also had a flying disc and some play money for his game-playing prowess.

    "This is, like, our first time," he said of the trip to Family Fiesta Day with his mom and two sisters.

    "I just like to have fun."

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    To the reporter: They are NOT migrants. They are ILLEGAL ALIENS!

    The language barrier, not to mention cultural obstacles, is one reason the Pitt schools put on the fiesta every year to act as a one-stop-shopping site for nonprofits and government services, Nobles said.
    Wow! One stop shopping for freebies! Cool! .. NOT!

    "We want our migrant families to feel comfortable in our community," she said, "and the more exposure they have, the better."
    More exposure might put them in the INS radar and that would be a GOOD thing.

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    How do you know?

    How do you know they are illegal aliens and not legal migrants?

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    The grocery store mentioned also sponsored the student alk-outs which included Che sins and the typical Aztlan propoganda.

    Fans enjoy Hispanic day
    Monday, June 5, 2006

    Pedro Biaggi of "El Zol" 99.1 FM read the starting lineup for Sunday's Potomac Nationals game in Spanish, and Carlos Castro set up a food stand offering traditional Latin American foods to celebrate Hispanic Community Day at Pfitzner Stadium.
    The fiesta, which began at noon, garnered little attention from the county's Hispanic community, but Castro hopes that will change with future events.

    However, the event did catch the attention of 12-year-old Ariel Villarroel's family, who was attending a Potomac Nationals game for the first time.

    The Saunders Middle School student listened to the Latin American music provided by "El Zol" and spoke for his family in saying that he appreciated what was being done for the Hispanic community.

    Castro, owner of Todos Supermarket in Woodbridge, came onboard as a sponsor for the event about two weeks ago, he said.

    "The greatest value I see in this event is bringing the Hispanic community and everybody else together, so we can interact," Castro said.

    Because baseball is known as being America's pastime and because it's not a game common to some Latin American communities, Castro considered a perfect staging area to integrate the two cultures.

    Ana Margarita Chávez, the El Salvador consular general in Washington, D.C., was invited by Castro and thrilled to see her first Potomac Nationals game, although she has gone to a Washington Nationals game.

    "I love all sports," she said. "This is a great way to assimilate ourselves to each other's culture."

    Some without direct ties to the community's Hispanic population also saw the benefits of holding such events.

    Joe Powell sat just feet away from the radio station's booth, enjoying a classic baseball meal -- a hot dog, chips and beer.

    The Manassas resident, who said he is of Spanish descent but does not know how far back it dates, had no idea prior to arriving that it was Hispanic Community Day at the ball field, but appreciated the message it sent.

    "Hispanics are very much blended into the culture of Prince William County and Fairfax County," he said. "This is a very nice gesture to recognize that."

    Despite a low turnout, the baseball team's general manager, Bobby Holland, was not concerned. Instead, Holland said, he wants to continue promotional events to get the name of the two-year-old Potomac Nationals out into the area.

    "We weren't expecting an overly huge turnout the first time," he said. "Hopefully we'll do it again and just continue to build on it."

    From Holland's perspective, the event was also a chance to work with people highly involved in the Hispanic community while expanding the team's fan base by reaching out to a different demographic.

    Alex Morales and Juan Ovalles, both Hispanic pitchers for the team, also signed autographs prior to the game against Myrtle Beach.

    Fronteras Newspaper and Miller Lite also sponsored the event.
    Equal rights for all, special privileges for none. Thomas Jefferson

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    Wonder if they'd be willing to go to a fiesta at the local ICE office?

    Any illegal is welcome to access that government service.
    Free Ramos and Compean NOW!

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    It 's amusing that the gringo lady Ms. Noble is going to familiarize them with the government agencies and programs. They could probably give her lessons. Illegals seem to get this info through osmosis after being here a couple of days.

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    Artclam asked how we know they are here illegally.

    Well, for one thing, I do believe that if these people had been admitted to our country LEGALLY they would have been vaccinated. They would not need to have a fiesta with health booths. To me that's the first clue.

    The second clue is that Vicente Fox calls illegal aliens "migrants" in order to mislead the American people and to coat over the truth.

    I THINK these are legitimate reasons to be suspicious. I know that it is high time that we start asking questions and start demanding answers.
    Legitimate answers.
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    If they were here legally, then they would not need to get immunizations and such. If they were here legally, that would have been taken care of. Excellent point.

    Thanks for the posts.


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    Re: How do you know?

    Quote Originally Posted by artclam
    How do you know they are illegal aliens and not legal migrants?
    Get real!!! Read the news!!! NC has one of the fastest growing illegal populations in the country.
    IF they were legal, they would not need to be coached on how to jump on the back of American taxpayers. They would already know.
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    The language barrier, not to mention cultural obstacles, is one reason the Pitt schools put on the fiesta every year to act as a one-stop-shopping site for nonprofits and government services, Nobles said.
    One-stop shopping for FREE BENEFITS!
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