November 16,2011 Coming Home By: Suzan Jane Piqueras I am American Citizen who decided to move to the US with my husband and my four kids. I came alone in the year 2000. It took me 2 years to be able to bring my husband and 18 year old daughter and 5 years to get green cards for my sons because they were over 21 years old. This to me was so ridiculous. I spend thousands on lawyers and did long lines in the Immigration offices with immigrants for all places who were seeking visas and green cards and also with Cubans who had but merely touched the beach and had more privileges than me. I was born in Peru to an American Citizen who came to raise her family in Peru when she married a Peruvian Mining Engineer she met in her home town. She registered me in the American Embassy and I was given a birth certificate of a Child of an American Born Abroad and later on an American Passport. In my blood line I am related to Adams and Grant and could pertain to the Daughters of the Revolution. I haven’t done all the paperwork needed for that honor but my aunt on my mother’s side has so I know for sure I am one. I am ashamed of the immigration system and laws; it was so hard for me to bring my family being an American Citizen. I lived in Florida for more than 10 years and worked very closely with the Latino population and know of their hardship and love for the country. Let us not forget the United States of America was founded by immigrants seeking religious freedom and opportunities. This has always been the strength of our country. This country is the melting pot made up by the diverse and the adventurous souls who dare come to start a new life; the brave who succeed, those who meekly started only with what they were wearing. These people are the Real Americans, they give the rest of us a sense of what we really have and need to value. They show us all lessons of love and sacrifice and should be embraced with acceptance and forgiveness. Many come for different reasons; many come from places where freedom is not an option, where poverty dwells overall; but the real motor is the fulfillment of the American Dream, a dream we Americans promote worldwide. We need to take more care of our borders so we don’t have this situation. We still raffle visas, why don’t we use those visas for the millions who have been living in the US for many years and have American children who don’t even speak their parent’s native language. Why break up entire families to send them back to a place they many times don’t have anything or family anymore? We Americans need to cross to the other side for a brief moment and put ourselves in those other shoes, eliminate discrimination from our souls and remember we are above all children of God. After the Economic Crisis caused by a few in Wall Street my family and myself lost all we had worked for so many years. We had to turn back and came home to Peru to start all over again. The American People and the immigrants both are victims of a few unscrupulous ambitious thieves who turned the economy upside down, fooled the system and indebted the world with false values. I am back in Peru now stating again from scratch, happy to have the freedom and the experience that can help me see with clarity what is happening in the world. I am happy that I can share my story for the cause, happy I can help President Obama in such a hard and demanding job. I embrace all immigrants and pray “May the Lord soften the hearts of the Americans, especially those in Congress”.