A Mexican-American Vietnam War veteran was promised U.S. citizenship in return for military service. Ruben Sanchez recalled having made it home to Texas after the war and being awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery. But the citizenship never materialized. Now, 53 years after the fact, the veteran’s official status has finally been granted. Sanchez told KVEO-TV that he was just 20 years old when he enlisted. “L.B. Johnson took over and he started drafting the people, the young guys like myself,” he recalled. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office in Harlingen, Texas (Screenshot/Google Maps) He joked that he went to Vietnam “for a picnic,” but his Purple Heart testifies to a greater sacrifice. “They promised, if they go to fight, they were gonna get their citizenship and they lied to them,” he said. Sanchez said that some veterans were even deported back to Mexico after returning from Vietnam. But on Oct. 16, Sanchez took the oath of allegiance in a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office in Harlingen, Texas. Besides his long-awaited status, the veteran was recognized with a certificate detailing his wartime service and an American flag from Washington. Texas veterans’ advocate Mario Ybarra gave the news outlet a little historical context, explaining that there probably wasn’t sufficient support for veterans like Sanchez in applying for citizenship after the war. The process, he admitted, can be “intimidating.” “But that in itself shouldn’t be a hindrance,” Ybarra added, “because it’s basically just a matter of following good instruction and paying attention to details and having the needed documents for processing.” On Oct. 16, Patrick Roberts, veterans’ outreach director for the office of Texas Democratic representative Vicente Gonzalez, offered words of encouragement for Sanchez. (Illustration – Doug James/Shutterstock) “I also want to congratulate you for receiving your citizenship today,” he said. “It’s been long overdue, and it’s something that you should have received, and you should have been a citizen long, long before this.” In his retirement, now a fully fledged American citizen, Sanchez plans to “just behave, be good, keep doing good things.” Quoting John F. Kennedy, Sanchez recalled the motto that prompted him to serve in the military over half a century ago: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” We would love to hear your stories! You can share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A racist “Karen” tried to demand service at a salon even after attempting to assault the hairstylist (and being caught on camera). Robin, a.k.a Karen, was getting a simple root touch up job by her longtime hairstylist Sharon. When Sharon asked her new assistant Alex to finish it up for her (a common practice at salons), Robin threw a fit. In a video that has gone viral, Robin refuses to let Alex complete the service, and gets increasingly hostile. She continues to demand service despite being disrespectful, and Sharon keeps it professional, until Robin moves her elbow with the intent of hitting Sharon in the face. Robin, not being able to digest the consequence of her entitled actions, begs Sharon to finish her hair, but as One Republics’ famous quote states: “It’s too late to apologize”. Robin tries to justify her actions by saying “Im having a lot of stress in my life”, you know, cause she is the only one going through a hard time right now. The people who are working to provide a service in the middle of a pandemic, putting their health and lives at risk, have absolutely no problems. Sharon went on Instagram live to talk about what happened in the video. In it she talked about Robin’s history of being disrespectful towards the people working in the salon. Sharon also shared incidents where Robin used derogatory language in regards to Mexican individuals, and the stylist recognizes the subtle racism that eventually leads to the discrimination of her Mexican assistant Alex in the viral video. Soon after the video went viral, Robin’s granddaughter directly contacted Sharon, to say that she condemns and apologizes for her grandmother’s actions. The internet also showed overwhelming support for Sharon’s professionalism, and courage to speak out to protect her assistant. Here are some reactions’: I’m obsessed with the level of privilege one must have to assault another human being and still expect that person to serve them. It’s 2020. — Brittany 💛 Senator Whitehouse’s Red Marker❤️ (@bionicbritt86) October 10, 2020 The problem is no one calls these people out for their behavior and words. That is why they get to this age thinking they are entitled to act like this without repercussions. Kudos for the salon owner for standing up for herself and her assistant. — GB (@gopalbx) October 11, 2020 White women tears. Once she knows it was recorded. — The Spooky Science Vortex (@Thesciencevort1) October 11, 2020 Many rightfully praised the professionalism showcased both by Sharon, and Alex: Gotta hand it to the hairstylist. She handled it beautifully and tried to diffuse the situation. The attempt to hit her–that was wise of the stylist to kick her out. — Flushtheturdonnovember3rd🚽 💩🤡🌈♐️🌊🥀 (@Gitsie007) October 11, 2020 This one goes to Alex “Her assistant is a class act and likely good at her job.” Her assistant a class act and likely good at her job. pic.twitter.com/P550e3Owvi — IUOE AFL-CIONewDemocrat4ever (@reesetheone1) October 11, 2020 We applaud both Sharon, and Alex for keeping it classy, and truly hope that this is the end of 2020 Karen stories. Probably not, but still, one can dream.