Jason, Born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Spanish Teacher, Father
"A typical day of my childhood: I spent my childhood in the country. I always ran around barefoot, usually without a shirt. My mom always said, well she still says, that I was too curious. I always went around with a stick and later when I was bigger with a machete in hand, walking through the land that my family had. I learned how to trap lizards, run from wasps, and make a fire."
"In reality, you pay a lot more there than here. Everything is more expensive in Puerto Rico. Every product that arrives in Puerto Rico, you have to pay a higher tax because the United States has with Puerto Rico and other colonies as well what they call the cabotage law or the Jones law. The ships that arrive with products for Puerto Rico, all products have to arrive on American ships. So, they have to change the products to an American ship in some port. If the ship comes from China, it cannot arrive completely from China. This cost gets passed on to the citizens (of Puerto Rico)."
"I understand better the immigrants who come here and feel rejected because it doesn’t matter if I have citizenship or not, because how I talk, how people hear me, the color of my skin, I will be perceived in a manner that doesn’t have anything to do with who I am. "