Coalition for Justice for Immigrants
Ridding the world of ignorance, one story at a time
By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register
Elva Dominguez had had enough.
She was in high school at the time, and was fed up with being pulled out of class to help new students who could only speak Spanish. The particular student she was asked to help this time needed to know where her locker was located; where her classes were.
“I was sick of it!” Dominguez told a crowd gathered at the Dodge City Public Library Oct. 8 to discuss immigration issues. “I told her, ‘I’m not going to answer any more of your questions.’ I told her she had to learn English.”
The girl never spoke to Dominguez again, well, not for some time, anyway.
“A few years later I had to go into a bank and ask for a loan. Guess who the loan officer was? She said, ‘Do you remember me?’ I said, ‘Yes, I do.’ She said, ‘You made me so angry -- so angry that I went and learned English.’
“I guess she wasn’t too angry with me; I got my loan!”