Cesar Millan, aka: “The Dog Whisperer” is another immigrant that came to the USA following his dreams. Born in Culiacán, Sinaloa in México, “The Dog Whisperer” crossed the USA border when he was 21 years old. He didn’t know anyone in the USA or even knew how to speak English, but there was no obstacle for him to pursue his dreams.
He grew up in a farm surrounded by wild dogs, and that is how he became intrigued by their behavior and eventually training dogs became his passion. How did he end up in a TV show?
First, he knew that training dogs was what he wanted to do.
Second, he started from the bottom. As an “illegal immigrant”, he started working in a dog grooming store with the most aggressive dogs (yes, “illegal immigrants” get highly paid and competitive jobs!)
Third, he saw the opportunity and took advantage of it. While working as a limousine driver, he came across Jada Pinkett Smith who became one of Millan’s first clients and supporters (she also helped him learn English)
Fourth, he opened the “Dog Psychology Center” in South Los Angeles where he worked with large breed dogs.
Fifth, he became a permanent resident in 2000 and US citizen in 2009.
Sixth, he continued with his passion which ultimately opened the doors to his TV show.
Seventh, despite all the ups and downs of having a “celebrity” status, criticisms, professional/business issues and personal matters; he hasn’t given up doing what he loves which is rehabilitating dogs.
If you have a dream, you have to follow it, and accomplish it. Now, on the other hand, do you still think that “illegal immigrants” take jobs away from “Americans”? Do you still think that “illegal immigrants” do more damage than good to the American society? Cesar Millan, is just another immigrant showing that dreams do come true in the USA.
Photo credit: Cesar Millan wordpress
I was very pleased to find more evidence of something that I have believed for years: Second Generation Hispanic Immigrants are succeding in the USA. As I mentioned on one of my previous posts: Viva Nevada, the children of those “foreigners” that immigrated to the USA with plenty of dreams, are actually accomplishing those dreams and perhaps more.
A recent article in The Washington Post highlights several young Hispanic students, that regardless of their parent’s level of education and any other adversities they encountered as they grew up, are pursuing higher education and they hope to make the difference in this country. Perhaps, many of them have lost their parent’s accent when speaking English as it became their native language. Perhaps, many of them do not speak Spanish to perfection; however, they are the “American Version” of their parent’s dreams.
Several other articles featured in the New york Times, Bloomberg and ABC news refer to the Pew Study that tracks the success of the children of immigrants, mainly Hispanics. However; I have observed, while attending classes for the MBA program at the University of Nevada, Reno, an increased number of second-generation hispanics that attend classes like Jaime Tibaduiza and his sister Andrea Tibaduiza, just to mention a small sample from one of my classes.
I am truly proud to belong to the “hispanic” category. I don’t feel alienated or discriminated against everytime I check the box when they ask me for the race I belong to. I am sure each one fo us, no matter where we were born, what language we speak, or what color we are, we are all struggling to achieve some dream. Perhaps, that dream wasn’t initiated by us, it started with our ancesters and we are just excecuting it. Perhaps we are just “Living The Dream”. Are you living the dream? What are you doing to make that dream a reality?
From music to food, from Hollywood to the White House; it seems that the Hispanics are becoming popular. Although being Hispanic is still consider a minority, it is projected that by the year 2050, we will be the majority of the minorities.
But what makes Hispanics a hot item nowadays? Is it the flavor of the food we prepare? Or is it because we are very much family oriented and we always seem to be willing to help others?
I believe that it is true, we have delicious food and big families; however, we are also very much determined to succeed in this country. I am aware that not all of the Hispanic people have been able to make it to the top and instead, many have taken the wrong turn and become the poster child of low income, low life and crime in America.
Perhaps I won’t be able to completely eradicate crime or magically clean up all the bad reputation that other people took years to build. All I want is to celebrate the successes of some Hispanic leaders in Nevada.
The Governor, Attorney General, Washoe County School Superintendent, Director of the Nevada Department of Transportation, Community Activists, Casino Owners, Business Owners and plenty of others have Hispanic heritage. Many of them are second generation Hispanics and they were born in the USA, and the others, just like me, are immigrants gambling to pursue our dreams.
Join me in this project as I attempt to show the other side of the coin of immigration and how Hispanics add value to our community in Nevada.