April 19: Alex Martinez's poetry is his therapy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — To some, it's a way of expression simply through words on a page, but to Alex Martinez poetry is therapy.

Martinez is one of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. When he arrived, he was just 14 years old. 

"Getting here was traumatic actually," Martinez said. "I spent time in the desert, hungry, thirsty and confused."

He said the rough journey took about nine days, traveling from Mexico through Texas until he reached his final destination in the U.S.

Now, his future hangs in the balance as the Trump Administration inches toward an end to DACA, the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program. Ending it could force Martinez to return to Mexico, a place he says he hardly remembers. 

Deny me the freedom Mother Earth gave me,
Deny me the liberty to speak up when I feel oppressed,
Deny me the right you enjoy in your daily life,
Deny me the salvation because I'm a foreigner
and tell me you don't want my tainted homosexual blood,
tell me you don't think my skin color belongs in your ranks,
tell me I'm not allowed to breathe the same air ,
tell me that I used up all the resources and I should be ashamed,
But don't tell me to go back home,
I'm already there.

"I think my experience is unique in a sense because a certain amount of people have experienced what I have experienced and I want to connect with them," said Martinez. "I'm not representing them, but I want to reach to them and know that they're not alone."




You can hear Martinez's work at DACA rallies around the Kansas City area.

He currently serves as the director of the Kansas/Missouri DREAM Alliance.

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