By Silicon Valley Debug, Sep 2, 2009 9:39 AM
Editor's note: Jose Hernandez, a former field worker from Salinas, is set to launch into space in early September. The NASA astronaut did not learn to speak English until he was 12 years old. Silicon Valley De-Bug writer Angel Luna reflects on the reality of the American Dream for immigrant youth, and hopes Hernandez's achievement will set the bar higher for all Latino youth. De-Bug, another of NAM's youth initiatives, is a collective of writers, artists, organizers, and workers based in San Jose, California.
As immigrants, America always tells us to dream and to strive for greatness -- like being the store manager of a Safeway, being the owner of a small business or becoming a member of the armed forces. There’s nothing wrong with these choices that we are presented with, but sometimes practicality is not the way to go.
Jose Hernandez, from migrant farmworker to astronaut, proved that we can aim higher. And in his journey to space, a message has been sent to young Latinos all across this country.