They represent all that we stand for as Americans, so why are we pushing them out?
Adalia Encanta Alfaro entered the United States in 2003, taken across the Mexico/Arizona border illegally along with her mother, father and two slightly older twin brothers. They left Iztapalapa, one of Mexico City’s most notoriously dangerous neighborhoods, after a series of crimes, including rape and armed robbery, struck close family members, including Adalia’s older cousin. The family spent the next decade in California.
Adalia’s parents worked nearly a dozen various jobs over the years, undocumented, while the children went to school, grew up bilingual and grew close to friends. The children were too young when they first arrived to remember anything of their birthplace, and for their parents that fact is a relief. They came to the U.S. because it was the nearest, safest place where they knew their children might live without the fear of the streets haunting them.
Protection for the Dreamers has been left out of the most recent $1.3 trillion budget bill finalized by leaders in Congress on March 21st, 2018.
The bill still needs to be passed, but that will likely happen in order to avoid another temporary government shutdown.
Again, there has been no resolution for the Dreamers.
Their protections against deportation are being challenged in court due to the current administration’s attempts to end DACA, the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D, California) said, “We are disappointed that we did not reach agreement on Dreamer protections that were worthy of these patriotic young people.”
What makes you a citizen of the United States?
If you are not a citizen by naturalization, acquisition, or derivation, you are considered a citizen by birth. According to U.S. Federal Law:
The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth:
A) a person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof;
B) a person born in the United States to a member of an Indian, Eskimo, Aleutian, or other aboriginal tribe: Provided, That the granting of citizenship under this subsection shall not in any manner impair or otherwise affect the right of such person to tribal or other property;
C) a person born outside of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents both of whom are citizens of the United States and one of whom has had a residence in the United States or one of its outlying possessions, prior to the birth of such person;
D) a person born outside of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents one of whom is a citizen of the United States who has been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for a continuous period of one year prior to the birth of such person, and the other of whom is a national, but not a citizen of the United States;
E) a person born in an outlying possession of the United States of parents one of whom is a citizen of the United States who has been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for a continuous period of one year at any time prior to the birth of such person;
F) a person of unknown parentage found in the United States while under the age of five years, until shown, prior to his attaining the age of twenty-one years, not to have been born in the United States;
G) a person born outside the geographical limits of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents one of whom is an alien, and the other a citizen of the United States….
H) a person born before noon (Eastern Standard Time) May 24, 1934, outside the limits and jurisdiction of the United States of an alien father and a mother who is a citizen of the United States who, prior to the birth of such person, had resided in the United States.
Adalia wasn’t born in the U.S., but she only knows the United States as her home.
To Adalia, she was born in the U.S. The national origin of her parents means little beyond a few holidays, the food her mother cooks at home, and more reverence for her ancestors than what most other children in the U.S. seem to have.
People from around the world have strived to come to the United States by whatever means necessary for over two hundred years. They’ve come to escape religious and political persecution, extreme poverty, or simply to seek a better life.
They seek “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”.
If there is only one place you’ve ever known as home, then that is YOUR HOME.
Contact your representatives today and make your voice heard. Help ensure the future for hundreds of thousands who only want their home to remain their home.
And remember what we, the United States of America, represent.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
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