Fences

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic
Fences is the story of many immigrant families in the United States. It speaks of the difficulties many may come across due to the undocumented status of a family member. Being documented that person lacks the same access to rights, benefits and aid that someone who is documented would have, regardless of the stigma that immigrants are taking in welfare. In undocumented families, abuse and illness are also less likely to be reported or treated. Every second the members of these families live in fear that they may be separated from each other. This was once my story. There were many fences, walls, hurdles or whatever you want to call them in the way. The one on the Mexican-American is not the last one, and it isn't the most difficult to get over. This story, we take a journey through the life of Stephanie Negrete, whose situation finds her parents splitting. Being a single mother from that moment on, her mother Denise, Stephanie, and her siblings face various economic and emotional struggles, on the path to finding the America where your dreams come true.

Interspersed in the writing you'll find some of your favorite modern day and throwback hits. Some characters only speak Spanish, while some also speak English with varying degrees of accents and experience. There is an English translation right beside lines that are solely in Spanish. The Spanish may seem incorrect, but the characters speak in a Dominican accent, an accent in which certain the letters s is commonly dropped.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Fences is the story of many immigrant families in the United States. It speaks of the difficulties many may come across due to the undocumented status of a family member. Being documented that person lacks the same access to rights, benefits and aid that someone who is documented would have, regardless of the stigma that immigrants are taking in welfare. In undocumented families, abuse and illness are also less likely to be reported or treated. Every second the members of these families live in fear that they may be separated from each other. This was once my story. There were many fences, walls, hurdles or whatever you want to call them in the way. The one on the Mexican-American is not the last one, and it isn't the most difficult to get over. This story, we take a journey through the life of Stephanie Negrete, whose situation finds her parents splitting. Being a single mother from that moment on, her mother Denise, Stephanie, and her siblings face various economic and emotional struggles, on the path to finding the America where your dreams come true.

Interspersed in the writing you'll find some of your favorite modern day and throwback hits. Some characters only speak Spanish. There is an English translation right beside their line. The Spanish may seem incorrect, but the characters speak in a Dominican accent, an accent in which certain the letters s is commonly dropped. Read Chapter

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (The Duran’s Kitchen. Denise sits at the kitchen island circling a spoon around an empty cup. Oscar, he... Read Chapter

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 (Stephanie sits in the Duran living room on her iPad doing homework and singing along to “All Fall Dow... Read Chapter

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Friday, November 8th, 2013 (Denise waits at a corner with Stephanie, Gabriel, and Amanda. There are many other children with their pa... Read Chapter

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 (Oscar parks his car in the multiplex lot. Stephanie, Denise, Gabriel, and Amanda step out, while “Get... Read Chapter

Sunday, November 23rd, 2013

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Sunday, November 23rd, 2013 (Stephanie walks off a train at Yonkers Train Station. Walking off the platform and through the adjacent ... Read Chapter

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 (At the Delgado home Angie is rifling through mail she has put down on the counter. Denise is making dinn... Read Chapter

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 (At the Duran household everyone is together in the living room. Empty plates lie on the coffee table an... Read Chapter

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 (Oscar speaking over the phone with her landlord.) LANDLORD: I’m really sorry but there isn’t ... Read Chapter

Thursday, January 8th, 2014

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Thursday, January 8th, 2014 (Stephanie is at the theater concession stand working. Her phones vibrates. She pulls it out of her pocke... Read Chapter

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Friday, January 17th, 2014 (Stephanie sits at a desk in a big room amongst some 80 other kids. Everyone is evenly spread out. The boa... Read Chapter

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Monday, January 20th, 2014 (Stephanie and Denise sits in Mrs. Thatcher’s office. Mrs. Thatcher is just finishing a phone call. She ... Read Chapter

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 (Denise is dusting off a picture frame, when Nathan comes up from behind her with a rose.) DENISE: (s... Read Chapter

Wednesday, February 17th, 2014

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Wednesday, February 17th, 2014 (George and Nathan talking in the living room.) NATHAN: It just isn’t working. I took her out on... Read Chapter

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 (Stephanie arrives at a hospital with George, Amanda, and Gabriel. Daniel and Lois are already there.) S... Read Chapter

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Friday, June 6th, 2014 (At graduation parents happily pose with their kids, students pose with the Class of ‘14 and friends make pl... Read Chapter

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 (Immigrant Detention Center, New Jersey. Denise is in the center of an embrace with her children, as well a... Read Chapter

Sunday, September 8th, 2014

Submitted: January 10, 2014

Sunday, September 8th, 2014 (Stephanie walks out of a church with her Nicole, her siblings, and some other family members. Inside the... Read Chapter