‘I want to see my dad’: What it’s like to be an American immigrant, and to live in America
In the summer of 2018, I came to the United States to be with my mother, who had come to the U.S. illegally.
But this wasn’t her first trip to the country, and she had come before, after the Vietnam War, and when I was young, too.
She had been a nurse in Texas and now she was a teacher in San Antonio, and a mother to three young children.
When we first arrived, she said, she had a hard time imagining that I would become an American.
But then she found out about the DACA program, and how she could become a citizen.
Now, as she prepares for her 60th birthday, I wonder how it will feel to be the first American woman in her family to become an immigrant.
The DACA program offers protections for undocumented immigrants from a host of countries who have been in the U, and now that it’s expanded to include nearly 600,000 people, it has given millions of other undocumented immigrants who don’t fit the mold of a traditional immigrant, like me, the opportunity to live and work in the United State.
I’ve never seen so many people here before.
And it feels wonderful.
The experience has also brought to light a new chapter in American history, one that is changing how we think about citizenship.
The idea of immigration is the backbone of the American experiment, as evidenced by the number of Americans who were born outside the United Kingdom, or to people who arrived as refugees from other countries.
That’s not just an immigration issue: It’s also the foundation of the way we make our democracy work.
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