Fusing Cultures: Part 4
Attorney General wants to make sure Hispanics don't get ripped off. "It
would be a great a great benefit to many hispanics if we could help them
with consumer issues. Because as they come to the
is a challenge of the language, with the challenge of often times being
new to the United States, they are prime targets for being ripped off," said
Missouri's Attorney General Jay Nixon. Nixon asked his staff to
get two important documents translated: "Know
Your Rights" and "Missouri's Landlord and Tenant Law".
times, folks who have challenges with the English language will sign a document,
sign a lease and not really understand fully what there signing or
getting into. When they move or leave they have issues involving security
deposits and others, that really get to be a problem so landlord tenant
has really become
an issues for us with Spanish speaking Missourians," said Nixon.
The Attorney General asked the Cambio Center in Columbia to translate the
Martinez works at the Cambio Center in Columbia. He feels the reasons for
have changed very little in the past 100 years. "When people move from
one place to another, and people have always moved, they always do it looking
jobs, or running away from some injustices."
Haydee Caro crossed the border 5 years ago.
She along with her mother and sister followed her father to Missouri for
a job.Caro says it was hard learning English especially reading it.
She wishes she could have got her hands on these consumer guides 5 years
ago... It would have made
moving to the US easier.
Pham, a professor at the MU Law School says legal and illegal immigrants
have additional rights even if their not American citizens.
"Everyone who is here in the US is entitled to constitutional protections.
You know, police can't bet you up, at least they shouldn't be beating you
because your undocumented."
On Mexican government's website there's a link to document called "Guia
Del Migrante Mexicano" or the "Guide to the Mexican Immigrant." It
tells Mexican immigrants what rights they have and how to cross the border
"There are some folks who say this is illegal, those who come here should
follow the rules like everyone else," said Pham. "And there are
some folks who
this is the reality, your not going to stop people from crossing, you should
the loss of human life and try to bring some of these people above ground."
So meanwhile individual communities are trying to adapt to the new residents.
the Columbia Police Department put together a manual for officers across
Missouri to learn Spanish.
Columbia Police Chief Randy Bohem says the training will make it easier for
officers in field.
And ultimately make it easier for Americans newest immigrants moving into
Reporter: Erica Byfield
Web Producer: Tiffany Nelson
Original Air Date: June 3, 2005
Published: June 9, 2005