- Posted July 30, 2014 by
Bowling Green, Kentucky
This iReport is part of an assignment:
President’s immigration plan: Your views
My father's dream
In 2000, my father tried to renew his employment authorization, but was denied. He had bought a house, had a good working social security number, and had paid taxes for 11 years. He worked full time, and was great employee with no criminal history. We were living the American dream until he was self deported. For two years my father attempted to come back, but was denied every single time. Even though I was an American citizen there were so many hurdles for me to help my father, there was very little I could do. After two years of struggling to come back, he crossed many borders and came undocumented to the United States. Our family was once again reunited for a second time, but a few months into his return my father was diagnosed with Cancer. For 3 months he attempted to fight Cancer, but he was defeated. A week after my father passed away we received a letter from INS (immigration) they were reopening his case, a mistake had been made. It was too late. My father was dead, and so was his dream of becoming an American citizen. He loved, and respected this country. As an American citizen I was outraged. I was away from my father for 2 years, that I would never get back.
As far as my brother, he put himself through college even though he was undocumented. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English, but could not get a descent job because of his legal status. Thanks to DACA, my brother was able to get employment authorization, and now has a successful career working for a local App company. Although, there is no path for him to receive citizenship, we are still hopeful. We still believe in the same American dream my father had 12 years go. We need immigration reform to pass, we need dreams to come true. We need to stop the separation of families. We are American, a melting pot, a place were dreams come true. We need to stop the hate against immigrants. Every immigrant has a story, and they all deserve a chance. #immigrationreform #americandream #weneedchange #stopdeportations