Just like their Pilgrim, Jewish, Polish, Irish and Italian predecessors, today’s immigrants came to America because they believe that here and here alone, there’s a chance to attain the life they envision for themselves and their families. True reform would mean their hearts, their hopes, their vision of the American Dream won’t be once again shattered by the dark clouds of prejudice, indifference or worse, political warfare.
I also hope that those of us who are not in the branches of government remember that we Latinos also have a say in how these laws shape up. Let’s continue to raise our voices, to rally and protest and pressure our representatives. We can’t rest until we’re sure that the country’s laws give our friends, relatives, neighbors and young Dreamers the chance to solidify their rightly place in this ever-evolving America, a nation built by immigrants.