Skip to comments.Where's your family from?
Posted on 02/07/2013 4:57:02 AM PST by shoff
I was brought to this country from Mexico when I was 2 years old.
I am an undocumented immigrant -- and I am living proof that our immigration system is broken.
For the first 17 years of my life, I slept on a couch. My mom worked three jobs to support our family.
I worked hard, too. I did my homework, participated in class, and earned the opportunity go to college. But after I enrolled, state law changed and many undocumented immigrants were forced to drop out. Suddenly they could no longer afford the education they were eager to work for.
We started organizing. We'd go up to people on campus, and ask them if they'd heard about the DREAM Act, which would allow hard-working immigrants who grew up in the U.S. to earn a path to citizenship. For those who opposed it, we'd tell them what happened to us.
It was amazing: Just telling our stories would change people's minds.
This is exactly how we're going to persuade people across the country to get behind President Obama's plan for comprehensive immigration reform.
Everyone has a story -- I'm sure you do, too. As the President said last week, "Unless you're one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else. Somebody brought you."
At this critical moment, will you share your immigration story? Organizing for Action will use these stories to move the conversation forward.
Now, almost six years later, I've completed law school and was fortunate to receive deferred action. I consider myself an American, and I want to play by the same rules as everyone else. But, as it stands, I can never become a citizen. I can't adjust my status. For most of my life, I could have been arrested, detained, and deported.
I'm not alone. Millions of undocumented immigrants like me live in fear of being deported permanently to a country we may have never even visited. Our entire lives could be erased.
You might not live under the same shadow. But the best thing about this country is that we are more alike than we are different. We all have a story of a mother, or grandfather, or great-great grandparent who came here to find opportunity or safety.
Through this grassroots movement, we can raise our voices, tell our stories, and make sure Congress and all Americans better understand the ties that bind us. Our stories can drive our organizing. Share your own story today, and help Organizing for Action get the word out on why this matters:
The majority of Americans agree we need to fix our badly broken system, and we saw major progress last week. But it's on us to keep up the momentum and make sure it gets done.
Thanks for speaking up.
I might suggest that freepers send in their own stories of being victims of illegal immigration but you know they will be just tossed out. We could make up victim stories get picked and recant before the media. The third thing is real victim stories, job loss, business loss, Auto or home theft, gang activity whatever and forward to Republicans.
Also note how illegals are sent to a vote with Obama website. Do you think they might encourage voter fraud without getting their hands dirty?
Great, just what we need is another lawyer who doesn't believe in following our laws!
I’m part Cherokee so my family was already here as if that is any of this dude’s business! He didn’t get here legally which matters to most people who are required to follow our laws.
This is a clear indication of how ignorant the President is, and uninformed of true historical fact: The so called “Native Americans” actually migrated to the Americas from Asia over the Land Bridge Thousands of years ago.
As for the guy writing this “article” he should pack his bags and get out of the country, period. As a 3rd generation son of immigrants who migrated to America legally from Italy he and his “comrades” are an insult to all those who came here to seek freedom and opportunity.
Mine stepped off the mayflower. Am i still supposed to feel like an immigrant?
Hey Jose, your parents were criminals. They could have done things the right way but they chose to do things the illegal way. Their poor decision effected you not MY country’s laws. Now that you’ve got a worthless law degree I’m sure it’ll be someone else’s fault that you can’t find a job. You are the whining son of criminals. Shut your noise hole!
Do not blame America for your problems JosB, blame your illegal alien parents. Go home and ask them why they did not do it legally like my GGparents did in the 1800s. And I can bet you did not pay for that college education....government minority grants paid for that education didn’t you fricking leech...
Then they had 15 kids to work the land that they aquired to better themselves and their family. Worked hard daylight til dark. See, back then the government did not give you squat, JosB...
My paternal ancestors have been here since 1712. It took my mother two years to come here from Germany. She came here legally though a ‘war bride’. No one was ever more proud to be an American or understood the freedom she enjoyed more than my mother. She raised us without government help after my father left because of what she saw in Nazi Germany. She bases her belief on the ‘government that is powerful enough to give you everything is powerful enough to take everything from you” from that experience.
I guess since my parents did not come from the part of Europe that is the Iberian Peninsula, I do not get Special Rights like those with Spanish surmanes.
Wonder if Rubio-Obama Amnesty would be pushed if the illegal aliens were from Germany? I doubt it
Nice documentation. Same here. Grandpa brought his family from Weimar, Germany in 1927, immigrated through NYC, and they lived in tenement in Brooklyn for a few years before saving enough to build a house in Thornwood north of NYC. Dad was 3 when he arrived on the boat. The entire family patiently spent a lot of time and money becoming legally naturalized citizens of the United States.
Sorry, Jose Magana, but you the rest of your ilk who want to skip to the head of the line just don’t have a case with those of us whose ancestors followed the rules. I’m sorry your parents brought you here illegally. I suggest you go back to your ancestral home, live there a couple of years, and then follow the legally prescribed path to immigration and citizenship.
I do feel for the hard working illegals who came to WORK not freeload and afford their kids a better life. For the illegals who serve in our military there is no question they should have an easier path to citizenship. There should be a path to citizenship for those who can show they will not be a burden to the state. They should prove they took no welfare or food stamps in some set period of time. in other words that they supported themselves.My daughter in law is on path to citizenship and my son has to show that they can support themselves. A legal Mexican immigrant who works 5:30 am to 3:30 pm asked why does the government support healthy able bodied people by giving them welfare?
That said, the border needs to be secured.
Yes, there’s a story behind the Hammer clan.
My forebears immigrated to this country LEGALLY, then worked their *sses off to make good without any form of government assistance whatsoever.
They have always abided by this nation’s laws, and expect others to do likewise, and have watched in dismay as the government looted more and more of the nation’s hard-earned dollars to pay for countless programs for those who came here ILLEGALLY.
Sorry you snuck in; if you hadn’t, and had waited for a legal entry, you might be a citizen by now.
Nevertheless, you are a law breaker and a burden to others and should expect to suffer the consequences.
And THAT’s the story, Charlie - uh, sorry, Carlos.
Just found out, through my mother’s estate, that I’m 1/16 Cherokee.
My great grandmother’s family goes back to the 1600s. We found one distant relative who was captured as a slave by indians in the northeast at least twice. He finally said screw it and married one and started a town of mixed indian/white in northern NY state.
That is a great document that your great grandfather signed. I wonder how many of our “undocumenteds” would fill that out and sign it and how many would lawyer up and claim that its a violation of some imagined civil right to maintain their “heritage” as they suck off the American teat.