A FOREIGN INFLUENCE

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: True Confessions  |  House: Booksie Classic

I took a leap of faith, ripping the family, breaking years of traditions and immigrated to the US in hopes of extended opportunities and freedom. I immigrated here legally and I used to think this made me special.

I was barely about 18-years-old when my ‘Solo’ journey started. My experiences as an immigrant young woman in the US helped me gain an appreciation for the gift of life.  This is because my immigrant story is tied to so much loss and despair….pain and anguish that has yet to heal many years later.

Through the years so many of my friends and relatives passed away and I never got to see them again. I became a ‘self-made’, alone wishing that just for one holiday in my life I could have family around and feel the love that everyone else seemingly felt. 

My perspective began to change when I took time to travel abroad. I would meet locals and naively invite them to "come visit me" in the United States, unaware that for so many people, this was impossible. Often these people from countries in Latin America, India, Morocco, Africa, had to wait years after applying to visit America, much less live there. "Don't you know what it takes for a non-U.S. citizen to enter your country?" 

Turning our backs on immigrant and refugee populations would mean we are no longer willing to nurture others like myself who have a chance to grow and contribute to what makes America already so great. 

As a Latina with U.S. citizenship, I didn't know and still don’t know how to identify with the undocumented-immigration battle, which is again raging.  I feel so connected to all those cultures, yet so distant from their cause. 

I had no choice in how luck chose me were the American citizenship I did not earn (according to many) but I proudly work hard for gave me opportunities and privileges that led to my academic and professional success...opportunities that undocumented people don't have.

I feel we all should continue to fight tyranny and injustice by keeping the conversation going. We cannot allow our current president and his administration to change the core American values that have been admired by the world through so many decades of exemplary practices of inclusivity.

My travels exposed me to so much and my conclusion...American immigration law hangs a Damocles's sword over the heads of even the supremely talented among us, turning those heads prematurely white. Never mind the tired, the poor, or the huddled masses. When the rest of the world sends America its best and brightest, America says, "Go away."

As a nation, we have always been more of an affinity group than an ethnic group, united not by our skin color or religion but by our core philosophy that a person is the sum of his actions, not his ancestry.


Submitted: November 04, 2020

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