It’s a crying shame that someone who was brought to this country as a three-year-old, now has to face the possibility of being deported back to the country he was born in, all because a political decision was made.
Cesar Virto writes:
My parents brought me to the United States when I was 3 years old. I’ve gone to school here, worked here, paid taxes. I’m as American as you are.
On Sunday, I learned that the president wants to send me back to Mexico. Or, at least, he isn’t willing to defend my right to stay here. Either way, my life is about to be radically upended.
My parents didn’t teach me Spanish. I grew up in a small town in Alabama, speak with a Southern accent, and didn’t even know I was undocumented until I was 16 years old. I grew up reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and have always considered this country my home.
Now President Donald Trump plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and I could be deported to Mexico, a country that is completely foreign to me. I’d have nowhere to live, no family to stay with and no way to find work. I would live in a different country than my American wife, who without financial support would have to sell our new house.
Again, it’s a crying shame.
By all means, build the wall; it’s perfectly legitimate for a country to protect its borders against illegal entry. But, for the sake of human compassion, don’t punish innocent people for the sins of their parents.
Especially someone like Virto, who was a toddler when he arrived in America, as opposed — for the sake of argument — to kids old enough at the time to know their parents were breaking the law, and could by definition, therefore, be considered complicit in the wrongdoing.