Americans should visit other countries and learn about the people.
At minimum, it would make them grateful for all we have here.”
a traveling man, and as soon as I graduated from high school,”
says Nicholas Miramontes, future immigration attorney, “I
headed out with a backpack for Europe. I saw England, Portugal,
Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland. In fact, if you dropped me
anywhere in the world, I could go into that culture, eat what
they eat, celebrate, dance, learn their language and feel at home.
I just really love people,” he continues, “and a lot
of them have helped me during my travels. So someday I hope to
return some of those kindnesses.”
is a certified paralegal who has worked at the Superior Courts
in downtown LA, all in preparation for applying to law school.
“I think all of this experience will help when it’s
time to transfer to UCLA or Berkeley,” he says. “And
I think that being bilingual will make immigration law a real
strength of mine.” He reports having a lot of mixed feelings
about anti-immigrant laws being pushed currently in the U.S. “Some
of the points being raised may be valid,” he says. ”But
no one—in any country or any time—should ever be deprived
of their chance for an education.”
understand people of all races and cultures, Nicholas has also
studied French, German and Russian. He numbers among his friends
one family where dinners are conducted in Spanish, German and
English—with Nicholas sometimes interpreting various instructions.
When told such practical training might qualify him for work in
the U.N., he replies thoughtfully, ”You know, that’s
a distinct possibility.”