By Enid Calo – January 21, 2013
Hundreds of Latinos flooded the National Mall during President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration. This was a first time experience for most of them and they wanted to be a part of history with their friends and families. When WEBN Boston asked what they expected in the next four years, they all seemed to be on the same page about one thing.
“We hope that there is an immigration reform this year. Obama won because of the large number of Latino voters and we support him and need his help,” said Rodrigo Guevara. Guevara is an employee at Casa de Maryland, which is a local non-profit organization that helps Latinos and immigrants fight for their rights.
Adriana Badel and her military family were first timers at Inauguration 2013. Badel was originally a Colombian immigrant who wants to “live history with my children.”
Badel also thinks that one of the major issues Latinos face is immigration.
“There has to be an immigration reform. Not all Latinos are in the same situation, so we have to all be evaluated differently and helped,” said Badel.
Some Latinos like Alex Pimentel traveled across the country to be a part of this historic moment. Pimentel traveled from Los Angeles, California with an organization called “Fire Up the Bus.” This organization shows students how to become successful and perhaps make history themselves.
“All I hope is for a little help. Help us be more equal, have equal rights and not be treated like a lower class when compared to others,” said Pimentel.