He couldn’t speak a word of English when he started school. What does Raul V. Salinas do today? The Uvalde High School graduate teaches English at Mayde Creek High School in the Katy Independent School District.
“I spent two years in the second grade because I didn’t know any English,” Salinas said. “We weren’t illegal aliens. I was born in the U.S., as were my parents, but opportunities back then were much more limited than they are today.”
The Salinas family members were migrant farm laborers.
“We traveled from Washington state to Arizona and sometimes as far south as Texas and back again,” he said. “Everyone we knew or associated with only spoke Spanish, so that was the only language I knew.