June 25, 2012 issue
Just as President Obama was making a huge announcement on Friday, I was pulling out the latest issue of Time from my mailbox. This was a pretty big weekend for young undocumented immigrants in the U.S as the government will no longer deport young people under the age of 30 who came into this country before the age of 16, been here five consecutive years, have received a high school diploma or GED or served in the military and have no criminal record. There are about 800,000 people who meet this criteria; but it’s important to understand that although they won’t be deported, there is still a rough road ahead of them to become U.S. citizens.
I never write about politics or discuss it much outside my home but I really wanted to be part of this discussion by providing some information that I myself wasn’t completely sure about. Friday was a historic event that affects people in our everyday lives. It affects families, many who have at least one undocumented person in their family and who worry about being split up one day. It’s also important for people who don’t know how hard it is to live in fear, who say, “send them home”, and accuse of undocumented immigrants of taking jobs away from citizens and using up government resources to understand a few facts. I wanted to share a bit from the article, “Not Legal Not Leaving”, in this current issue of Time. [Read more...]