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When Your Immigration Status Is More Than Political Talking Point: Its Reality

“Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.” Ellen DeGeneres.

Sometimes when you are feeling like you are loosing hope, the best place to rest your head may be on the shoulders of the men and women who have stood with us, stands with us and will continue to stand with us.

One Month. And I have learnt enough to realize that immigration wasnt just a republican or democratic talking point. Its peoples’ reality. The well thought out messages throughout last election were meant to be taken seriously.

Now that we can only listen to ourselves, and the echo from the walls that utters compassion saying, “You will be alright,” its sad to constantly hear about who is ‘illegal’ or who needs to ‘come here the right way.’ And now that we can only listen to the people who love us, as ‘immigrants’, people like me would gather an album of quotes and paste them upon the wall in their bedroom.

“What makes someone American is not just blood or birth, but allegiance to our founding principles.” —President Obama

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“We are a country where people of all backgrounds, all nations of origin, all languages, all religions, all races, can make a home. America was built by immigrants.” – Hillary Clinton

Do I have a right to voice my opinion or am I just an immigrant?

“Citizenship to me is more than a piece of paper. Citizenship is also about character. I am an American. We’re just waiting for our country to recognize it.”
Jose Antonio Vargas