OPINION —To be a Dreamer is to be a person without a home.
As a child I was brought from a foreign country into this land before I could even speak. My whole life I have been raised and educated to love and respect all this nation stands for. In school I learned to be grateful for all the challenges the Founding Fathers and countless others have faced in order to establish this great country. Every lesson, every pledge of allegiance, every day fostered my pride in this nation in which we are all equals, and no human life is valued superior to another.
For nearly all my life I have rejoiced in the freedom and safety of this nation and yearn desperately to call it home. But that’s just it; this is not my home.
On Nov. 8th of 2016 this nation voted Donald J. Trump as the next POTUS. A cornerstone of his campaign calls for the deportation of over 11 million illegal immigrants. As part of this he would also end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Under DACA, Dreamers in the similar situations as myself are provided with temporary legal presence in the U.S. to seek Higher Education, and work without the fear of being deported; in many cases to a land they have never known.
A part of me advocates for an end to protests and riots over the election results and instead calls for this nation to stand united and support the president elected by the people.
I genuinely believe that it is in our best interests to collaborate regardless of political affiliation and work to improve the future status of America, but how can I rally behind a nation and a leader who are opposed to my very presence?
“If you don’t like it go back to your own country” I read on nearly every social media outlet.
I am no rapist, murderer or a “Bad Hombre” as Mr. Trump describes illegals. In fact I agree that there are a number of illegal individuals constantly breaking the law and being detrimental to society who should not be allowed to remain unchecked.
When it comes to national security, established borders and legal process are imperative to protect this nation.
Now I am not a criminal; just a young adult who has known no other nation as home, who fears for the well-being of my friends and family, and who above all else strives to one day undergo the legal measures necessary to become a citizen and gain the ability to vote and support leaders who will Keep America Great.
This nation has not reached it’s zenith, the American dream is not dead, it remains the beacon of hope that drives countless people to leave all they hold dear in search of a better future for themselves and their posterity.
I was informed by my Hispanic close friend earlier today (Nov. 10) that she had been called into her daughter’s school because her 6 year-old American-born child had been harassed by a classmate who said that he’s glad her (sic) and her family were getting deported.
Please, be considerate of how you speak and how you express your sentiment regarding immigrants legal or not, especially to your children. The point of this letter is to remind all that how we treat others is the mark of who we are, all I ask is that we do not build a future on hate.
Pray for America, her leaders, and may God bless us all.
Submitted by Roberto Jardon of Saint George.
Ed. note: Immigrants brought here illegally as kids are known as Dreamers or are called Dreamers by their advocates. The term generally refers to those who have been given protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
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