A Blaine man who immigrated to the United States more than 30 years ago will discuss America’s immigration system during a free forum next week.
Honduran-born Victor Carpentino said he will present his views on the U.S. immigration system from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 21 at the Blaine senior center at 763 G Street. A question and answer period will follow.
Carpentino said he had moved to the United States by accident when he came here on a visa to purchase a vehicle in the early 1980s. At the time, he was working on his master’s thesis in architecture at the University of Mexico in Mexico City. Upon his return, however, he learned his wife and children had been assaulted by Mexican police demanding to know his whereabouts because of his Central American nationality. “They said, ‘He’s a Central American dog and we want to kill him,’” he said.
Instead, Carpentino moved his family to Canada and were able to return to the U.S. during the Reagan administration’s amnestry program. “It was something that God made happen, that I went to buy that truck. Otherwise I might not be here today.”