Your VOTE Matters to “US”

My name is Miriam Avalos-Cerda, I am 23 years old and my parents came to the U.S. when I was 3 months old.   In 2012, I qualified to apply for the DACA status and I became a DREAMER.  This status changed my life because I did not have to live in fear of being stopped by law enforcement (randomly) to be deported to a country I did not know.   This also opened a way for me to work with a social security number and not have to work cleaning houses or as a nanny with my mother.  And the thing I am most grateful for is being able to continue my education to get a career to help my parents.

Since 2016, the uncertainty of my status has weighed heavily on my life and the life of my family.  We have a government that has made some immigration law decisions that leave “US” with so much uncertainty.  When I say “US” who am I referring to?  “US” refers to the immigrants that work and live in hiding, without a VOTE that matters and affects our lives.  “US” means the taxpayers who contribute to the United States economy just like the citizens of this country.   “US” refers to the people who can be detained and deported for no apparent reason and lose everything that we have worked hard for all our lives.  Congress and the President have failed to make immigration laws that are fair and just for immigrants that live here in the United States without a pathway to work legally and eventually obtain citizenship. 

As I continue to learn about the history and government of the United States, one question that lingers is, how did this Great Country – the Land of Opportunity – become a land of envy, confusion, and hatred.   I remember in elementary school being taught about the pilgrims (the first immigrants – illegal aliens) arriving here and being welcomed by Native Americans and sharing the hospitality of a meal together.   Now pilgrims/immigrants are referred to as illegal aliens, wetbacks, undocumented, etc.; yet back then the government made laws to support migration that stole land and oppressed Natives.  The United States has not made significant positive changes to immigration laws over 100 years. 

Don’t you think it’s time for positive change?  For true Immigration Reform?

How can you help “US”?  Go out and exercise YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!  But first do your research – but good and credible research. Don’t just believe what you hear on the news or social media.  Rather read books, listen to podcasts from credible and worthy reporting.  Educate yourself on your candidates and then GET OUT & VOTE.   I implore you to support “US” with your VOTE during this election season.