My heart hurts for you. I cannot imagine the fear this administration is putting you through.
Today, I overheard a conversation in my elementary school office about a boy who only had a Mexican birth certificate, and debating on where the sibling baby was born.
Why? Why does a school need to worry about this? Why can’t the focus be giving any child who walks thru the door an education?
Realizing someone from my small town is being personally affected by this racist adminstration brought instant tears to my eyes. My heart feels heavy. I wish I knew the family so I could help in some way. Do they need assistance with reading paperwork? Do they need help figuring out what documents they need?
I cannot imagine moving to a new country, where the language is different, and trying to figure out all the legal details. I cannot imagine having some of my children born in one country, and some born in another…and the fear of being seperated if paperwork isn’t in order.
Please know that this administration does not represent all of the people in the United States. Please know many of us welcome immigrants and refugees. Many of us recognize immigration is at the very core of what this country stands for, and we are appalled by the messages sent by our current administration. Our hearts are heavy too.
Please seek out help to find a way to be safe. Find the people who will help you. We do exist. We are not all racists who believe immigrants are criminals. We understand the courage it takes to leave all that you know behind in order to start over. We have high hopes that we can help you feel safe, secure, and successful. All of us do not look down upon you. Some of us see courage, strength, and hope when we hear you struggle with our difficult language. We don’t all want to build a stupid wall, or send people away. Some of us support DACA, and dreamers. Some of us aren’t assholes.
Immigrants, please don’t lose hope. Please don’t judge us all by the words and actions of those ignorant racist politicians.
I am ashamed at the tone this country has taken in response to our fundamental core values of helping those in need, and welcoming immigrants.
My heart is heavy. My vote will count. I promise to vote to help you, rather than hurt you.
I want you to feel welcomed, not afraid.