I could never, ever gave up on America -- That was never, ever a consideration. [...]
Sheriff Joe Arpaio ordered a raid on my workplace. Under Arizona’s new laws, those falsifying their own documentation for any purpose are criminally charged with identity theft. [...]
...despite the fact that I am an American by default, I struggle with my connection with this country and with the very concept of citizenship. [...]
The national trauma of 9/11 brought on another hurdle. Immigrants had become the “other.“ Many communities suffered severe profiling and bias attacks, especially in New York City. For those of us working in the immigration advocacy space, we knew no immigration reform bill would pass for years to come. [...]
If my immigration status wasn’t an issue, I’d be traveling, graduating college and would probably be on the path to law school. My work in advocacy and in my community would have been exponentially stronger and I may have even started my own business. [...]
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