Christian A. Alaniz
Thoughts on the World
I was brought to this country as an infant. I had no choice in the matter, (although if given the choice-it's the decision I would have made). My parents brought me here for a better life. They were young, but knew that life would be better for us in the United States. I lived here "illegally" for the first 11 years of my life. I didn't know any better. My parents did their best to give me the "American Dream".
I am now raising my own children and trying to give them the best that I can. Through everything that is happening in the world, and specifically this country today, I am trying to teach my children tolerance. Less hate. More love. I hear and read the heated arguments on immigration, DACA and this "wall". It scares my children because they know I wasn't born here. They become afraid that I'll have to leave, and maybe them too. It's hard to help children understand why people can be so hateful. Why people would possibly send children back to a country that they no longer know.
We had the opportunity to take our children to Mexico last year. It is a beautiful country, but we also saw a lot of poverty. It gave us all a new appreciation for what we have and the opportunities that are presented to us on a daily basis, most that we take for granted.
I promise you, immigrants don't want to come here to "take your jobs." They want to work along side you. They want the same things that you want. They want the same opportunities for their own children that you want for yours. I encourage you to reach out to immigrants in your community, whether you believe they are here "legally" or not. Get to know your neighbors, the people of your community, and you will learn that they are just like you. You might find that you have a lot more in common than you ever knew, even if you speak a different language.
Image credit: Regan 76, Signs for DACA Rally, CC BY-2.0