Interviews with Immigrants Alvin from El Salvador, Maria from the Dominican Republic, Christian from Puerto Rico

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Interviews with Immigrants Alvin from El Salvador, Maria from the Dominican Republic, Christian from Puerto Rico

[cap­tion id=“attachment_107861” align=“aligncenter” width=“768”] Maria and Christian[/caption]The lat­est pair in my “inter­views with immi­grants” series is now up.

First I spoke to Alvin, he is in his mid 20’s and comes from El Salvador

Of the immi­grants who I’ve inter­viewed story was slightly dif­fer­ent. The rest of his fam­ily was already here but he choose to remain home until the vio­lence became so bad it was a ques­tion of life and death.

Two weeks later I inter­viewed Maria from the Domini­can Repub­lic. She was iffy about her eng­lish so chris­t­ian from Puerto Rico agreed to trans­late (and took that nice pic­ture). Since he has only been here a year and the cul­ture of Puerto Rico is dif­fer­ent I included him in the inter­view as well even though tech­ni­cally he is not an immi­grant because Puerto Rico is an Amer­i­can territory.

It worth not­ing that both Maria and Alvin had col­lege edu­ca­tions where they lived but have been will­ing to work lesser jobs as they go back to school and learn eng­lish, it’s also worth not­ing that as I alluded to in my July 4th post while Maria wasn’t in the same imme­di­ate dan­ger, it was the safety of Amer­ica that brought her here.

A pair of notes, the delay in post­ing these interivews were mainly due to Pin­tas­tic 2018 cov­er­age , I hope to con­duct an inter­view with a young lady from the Cape Verde Islands this week and am in nego­ci­a­tions to speak to another from Aus­tralia. My goal is to get 30 dif­fer­ent coun­tries before I start repeat­ing coun­tries but it’s likely that I won’t reach that num­ber before that happens.

You’ll note that other than Phillipe from Haiti, who is very inter­ested in pol­i­tics, I don’t ask much along those lines. That’s because I’m more inter­ested in get­ting the where’s and why’s about com­ing here and their impres­sion of Amer­ica as a coun­try and Amer­i­cans as a peo­ple. Those are the data points I’m try­ing to fill and edu­cate myself on.


It’s been a bad tip­jar year, we are in July and despite the boom­ing econ­omy we’ve raised barely 20% of last years total (which is why our expan­sion plans have been abandoned).

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Maria and Christian
The latest pair in my “interviews with immigrants” series is now up.

First I spoke to Alvin, he is in his mid 20’s and comes from El Salvador

Of the immigrants who I’ve interviewed story was slightly different. The rest of his family was already here but he choose to remain home until the violence became so bad it was a question of life and death.

Two weeks later I interviewed Maria from the Dominican Republic. She was iffy about her english so christian from Puerto Rico agreed to translate (and took that nice picture). Since he has only been here a year and the culture of Puerto Rico is different I included him in the interview as well even though technically he is not an immigrant because Puerto Rico is an American territory.

It worth noting that both Maria and Alvin had college educations where they lived but have been willing to work lesser jobs as they go back to school and learn english, it’s also worth noting that as I alluded to in my July 4th post while Maria wasn’t in the same immediate danger, it was the safety of America that brought her here.

A pair of notes, the delay in posting these interivews were mainly due to Pintastic 2018 coverage , I hope to conduct an interview with a young lady from the Cape Verde Islands this week and am in negociations to speak to another from Australia. My goal is to get 30 different countries before I start repeating countries but it’s likely that I won’t reach that number before that happens.

You’ll note that other than Phillipe from Haiti, who is very interested in politics, I don’t ask much along those lines. That’s because I’m more interested in getting the where’s and why’s about coming here and their impression of America as a country and Americans as a people. Those are the data points I’m trying to fill and educate myself on.


It’s been a bad tipjar year, we are in July and despite the booming economy we’ve raised barely 20% of last years total (which is why our expansion plans have been abandoned).

if you think this site in general and this project in particular is worth supporting please consider kicking in here:



Or even better subscribing.


Choose a Subscription level


Or buying my book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer

Either way it’s most appreciated.