Why do people who are not born citizens come to the United States in the first place? Why would they come to this country not knowing the language? Why would they come to this country to leave their own homeland? Why would they leave their customs? Leave their traditions? Leave their way of life? Leaving every single thing they know? Why?
The American dream is just as alive today as it was when the term was coined. The American dream consists of equality, democracy, and material prosperity, all wrapped up with a pretty bow and white picket fence. You and I are no different from our ancestors. As each generation lives, their dream is the same: the quest for a better life than the previous generation.
But if we think about it, here is our fellow man coming from a different country without knowing the language, without knowing the laws, the politics, the system, the customs, the traditions, the way of life. It is all unknown territory.
What do we have that they don’t have in their own country?
Immigration reform is a challenging topic. It is a topic that brings about a wrath like none other I have witnessed. When we generalize, the common misconception is that all immigrants are Mexican. We fail to recognize that we are ALL immigrants that came from some place. Whether we like it or not, the truth is, is that we are all the product of our ancestors migrating to the motherland we call the land of the free for a legitimate reason. We don’t just move from place to place because we like to move.
This little girl deserves the future of her choosing. And if that means to completely escape from everything she has ever known, so be it. Trust me, there is a really good reason for it.
It is time to have a dialogue about comprehensive immigration reform.