Her Op-Ed for CNN, titled "Those who have the least, dream the most" offers Reyna's interpretation of the CNN/Kaiser Family Foundation poll that shows a higher level of optimism among Latinos about achieving the American Dream. Reyna's insight is based on her own experience as a child of immigrants—and a dreamer herself. Here's a preview of her thought-provoking article:
Those who have the least dream the most
By Reyna Grande
Updated 12:38 AM ET, Wed November 25, 2015
As a 2-year-old girl living in Mexico, my dream was simple: to be reunited with my father who'd left for California in search of a better life for our family. In Iguala, our hometown in the southern state of Guerrero, we lived in a shack made of sticks and cardboard, with a dirt floor. There was no running water or electricity. We bathed in a muddy canal where chunks of horse dung and trash floated by like paper boats. I went barefoot for want of shoes. I suffered tapeworm, lice, scorpion stings.
Despite glittery Acapulco at its southern edge on the Pacific Ocean, Guerrero is the second-poorest and most violent state in Mexico. Seventy percent of its 3.4 million residents live in poverty.
Guerrero is the Mexican state that grows the most crops for heroin consumption in the United States, so Iguala is surrounded by mountains covered with poppy fields. The city of some 110,000 is a distribution center for the cartels. Indeed, nearly 200 pounds of narcotics are shipped out of the city's bus station every week, according to an Agence France-Presse report quoting a man who identified himself as a drug cartel member.
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