Professor Matilda Roman
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
"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."- Statue of Liberty
Now I want you to close your eyes and take a second, absorb those words, visualize and picture millions of people coming into this country, like waves, with nothing more than hope and a desire for “more“. Now imagine being a young child among those masses, America the only “home” you know. Fast forward to present day, 2012. No longer the small child but now an adult, a member of society. You lived in this country most of your life, was educated in this country, contribute to this country’s economy, you have literally grown up in this country, for someone to tell you that this is less your home than mine (citizen born here) is preposterous. This country and the land we stand on was built by the sweat tears and blood of Immigrants, we are a land of immigrants and in no way shape of form should we deter; let alone deport hard working, “dreamers” that want nothing more than to contribute to this country in exchange for a better life, sharing the same exact dream as our ancestors. The dream has never changed but a select number of individuals have forgotten what it is that makes America special, it’s our mission as a society to not only remind them but also secure that “dream” for future generations of ambitious youth. It is no secret that Illegal immigration has become a public policy issue in this country, considering a growing population and a threat to national security. But not all undocumented immigrants are the same and it isn’t fair to view them as the same- “UNDOCUMENTED”, making it okay to send them back where you think they belong. Yes, some are criminals, some do pose a risk to national security, but there are others that do the exact...
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