Q: What was the world like politically/culturally when you were old enough to vote in Mexico?
A: Well, it wasn't as corrupted like it is now. Before there weren't many negotiations with drug traffickers, with the same police officers that work, with the government security. Before it was not bought with money, before the governments were more, I don't know, they supported more people. Although from what I see so far things have not changed, because since the PRI has ruled Mexico, it’s always been the same, just like the PAN match. We hope this new president today changes things a bit but I think it will be very difficult for him. Everyone thinks that the country is going to change overnight. When the others handed it over, ruined, thrown away, all the people wanted to take him down because he has not fulfilled what he promised. But like I always say, Rome wasn't done in one day, and if we don't do our part too, of course, Mexico will never settle. There will always be a lot of violence, there will always be a lot of progress, there will never be a good job, there will always be a lack of education for children. Why? Because of the lack of work, the lack of money and what the parents do is send their children to work for them, when they should be in school studying to become someone in life and be able to move Mexico forward.
C: Were you, or anyone in our family, ever denied the right to vote? If so, how? Why?
A: No, I was there for years ... well, I just voted once, and I did not vote for the party that my parents were in, they were from the national action party which is the PAN. In Mexico I voted for the person who I thought was right, who had good options to change the country, that had options for jobs, for schools, for studies. But it’s a shame that he has always won since I can remember. Until today he has always won the PRI or the PAN.
C: What's the PRI and the PAN?
A: The PRI has been the Institutional Revolutionary Party and the PAN is the National Action Party that has been the two most battled parties in Mexico for all the residents there because they always trust the PRI or the PAN that supposedly they are going to take the country forward. But as I said and as we have seen until now we have seen absolutely nothing. This president is from the PRD party that is the Revolutionary Democratic Party. The president from AMLO, López Obrador hopefully, pray god that he makes a change like he said, but we as well, have to help him too.
C: Do you think voting is important?
A: Of course! The votes matter and they count a lot especially when a country is so hurt with so much violence. We need those votes. Many people do not go out to vote because they’re too lazy to line up or because ̈Oh! Why should I vote, if he always wins every time! For what? There's no point!¨ No, if had the option to vote here, believe me that I would be one of the first to go out to vote, to share my proposals and to fight for my rights as well as I did when I voted in Mexico.
C: Do you have a question that you want answered, to put forth in the world?
A: Well, let us be aware a little of what is happening, I already know here in the United States, in Mexico, wherever it is, many things are happening. We have to be aware that things are happening. Not to blame life, nature, and that this world is going to end. I...don’t know...What is happening is because of us, because of so much racism…Because wherever racism is, either here or in Mexico, anywhere…Because of so much discrimination, because of language…Especially because there are no jobs. There are no jobs and our logic is that people have to steal to eat. Of course it is not a solution but there are people who do not have education and that is what they do. That's my point of view. Everyone thinks differently. I don't know the other people's thoughts but we should do our part. The people who are here in the United States can vote. That right that we can vote for elections is already isolated. Of course, of course, we are not very confident that our votes will be received by the party we are going to vote for.
C: Well thank you for your time, those are all the questions that I have.
A: Well, you're welcome. I just hope we can all help our president. We can’t hold him accountable for so many things that are happening. Because the presidency was stolen from him for so many years and they are only giving him a chance today. He is a person...I believe in him. If I believe in him I think Mexico will change. Of course, little by little and knowing how to respect his decisions…
Thank you for the interview.