New blog by @joseiswriting up at DefineAmerican.com. Visit the link in our bio for more.
The myth of the 'acceptable immigrant' is tearing families apart. “Don’t punish the kids for the sins of their parents.” “They were brought here through no fault of their own.” “They were just innocent children.”
This is the language pundits and politicians use to justify requiring 800,000 undocumented immigrants to apply for DACA, short for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Immigrants brought to America as children must apply every two years and pay the government $495 so that the country they call their home does not deport them.
To be eligible, we ask DACA recipients not just to go to school or to be enlisted in the U.S. military. We also ask them to point a finger at their parents, who risked everything to bring or send them to America, so that they might be safe.
The phrase “divide and conquer” has been a part of our lexicon since the days of ancient Rome, used to describe a method for those in power to maintain that power by exacerbating differences among their subjects, turning them against one another and forgetting who is actually keeping them in chains.
But there is another phrase, wielded by the revolutionaries who founded this country: United we stand, divided we fall. And, when it comes to dividing immigrants, we must remember a line from Warsan Shire’s poem, “Home”: “No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”
The reality is that, for many of the parents who brought or sent their children to America without going through proper bureaucratic channels, America meant (and means) survival. As former governor Jeb Bush proclaimed, it was an act of love.
As someone who was sent to the United States when I was 12 — my mother sent me here from the Philippines to live with my grandparents, who were naturalized citizens — I harbored mixed emotions toward Mama for many years. I found out I was undocumented when I was 16, and we haven’t spoken regularly since... click link in bio for full post! #immigration#joseantoniovargas#defineamerican#dreamers#heretostay#daca
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Repost @karlaaaxoxo: "My grind comes from seeing my mother, a TPS recipient from Honduras, struggle and sacrifice everything so that I could have a better life. Witnessing her pain, tears, sacrifice, effort, hardwork every single day while she still sustained her elegance, dignity, and character as a woman filled me with admiration of her. Una luchadora! I never saw her laying in bed feeling sorry for herself, never complained, always smiled and rose her head high! Despite all the odds stacked against her, her #strength and ability to push HARDER than how she started fuels me.
NEVER in my life will I ever allow anyone to classify me & my future through stereotypes & statistics! I wasn't born with a shining crown nor was anything ever given to me in a silver platter, no one in my family even attended a university let alone pursue a carrier in medicine and none still don't even speak English but through my circumstances in life coming from nothing. I'd be damned to settle for anything less than great! Mi mami broke chains, left Honduras to give me a better future.
I raise my voice loud and proud to those who's family migrated so we can graduate, the #minority, the #underdogs, to those who fight against all odds daily, the ones who are breaking chains, those who were seen to never even have a future & instantly labeled to become another statistic GUESS WHAT! We have become men and women with a vision, educated, far from the norm, we have become people determined to influence & change the world." #ExtendTPS#HereToStay#ImmigrantsMakeAmericaGreat#Health4All#stayloud#SaveTPS
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I was—I am—ready to get deported. I totally did not expect Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School. I am stunned the local school district I attended as a kid is considering naming a school after me. Stunned. And deeply humbled. This is what I told the Palo Alto Daily Post, the local newspaper that covered the news:
"Mountain View is my hometown. It’s where my grandmother, my uncle, my aunt and my cousins live. It’s where I grew up. If we define American by its inclusivity, diversity and welcoming spirit, then the possibility of naming a public elementary school after an undocumented immigrant is what makes America great. All I can think about are my teachers and mentors in Mountain View who made me feel at home. And, especially now, I think of all the immigrant families—documented and undocumented—in the Bay Area and across California, and the message that this sends. We are a part of America, and we are here to stay.
What will the future be like for immigrants in America? Visit the link in our bio, and tell us for a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card. All it takes is your short paragraph, image, or video. #contest#immigration#writingprompts
Thank you to our esteemed guests and speakers at the Define American Chapters Summit! Thank you @yosirey + @evaskat + @atsukocomedy + @ivancejatv for inspiring, educating, and entertaining the Define American Chapters leaders assembled from across the country in Lincoln, Nebraska.
How do we grow this changing conversation about immigrants, citizenship, and American identity? It starts with an invitation. Like the one that the @unl_define American chapter gave to college students across the country to visit Lincoln, Nebraska, and be a part of our first annual College Chapters summit. To learn more, visit the link in our bio.
How can you evacuate to the U.S. if you're already there? How can the U.S. send aid to itself? It may sound like semantics, but the way we refer to our citizens matters. Let's not forget that Puerto Ricans are Americans. #puertorico#puertorico#USA#murica#usa # #