What Kind of People Will We Be?
Yesterday a 20 year old young man by the name of Robert came into my office. He was brought to our country by his parents when he was 2. His parents struggled to find work and somehow their young boy was able to eat 1 or 2 meals a day. He worked hard at school and graduated from high school with a 4.2 GPA. All he wants to do is go to college and become a lawyer.
...The problem is our country chooses to treat him as some sort of criminal. He cannot receive a scholarship since he is not here "legally". In the state of California, he cannot obtain a drivers license in order to purchase or drive a car. He walks miles a day to 3 different jobs (where he can find someone to let him work) so he can try to save up enough money to pay the rising tuition at a junior college. Daily he worries that he will be stopped and "found out" and be sent back to a country that he does not know.
How can Americans call themselves "caring people" when we allow this to happen. What crime did this young man commit? His parents cared enough about their 3 sons to risk their lives to get to California so their children could have a better life. Should his parents be imprisoned for wanting the best they could find for their sons.
It impossible for me to understand how any person who cares about human beings would not want to do everything in his or her power to help this young man and thousands like him obtain a college education and be productive members of our society.
How can anyone support a presidential candidate, such as Mr. Romney who has clearly stated that he wants to send this 20 year old boy back to a country where he has no connection, no family, nothing, after he has been in our country doing all he can to survive for 20 years? Does this sound like a position that a compassionate man would take!!??
The overall answer to our current immigration problem is a difficult one. However, as Americans we should never forget that we are a compassionate people who care about others.
During WWII a boatload of Jewish children and mothers were able to escape a concentration camp and asked for our country to accept them when they approached Florida. Our country sent them back to die in the concentration camp. We cannot forget these type of acts and try to learn from them.
Please do everything you can to support the DREAM ACT, which would permit young men and women like Robert to no longer live in the shadows, to get a college education, and to live the dream that all Americans would want for their children.