I came to America from India. One day, in an undergraduate English class in the top liberal arts college in India, the female Rhodes Scholarship winning teacher said, “for our men we are happy when they get a good job, but for our females, we are happier when they get married.” And that summed up my life in India. I would always be someone’s daughter, someone’s wife, someone’s mother. And so, like you, I came to America—–like you, whose forefathers came for a better life, like you whose parents came illegally, crossing the border so that they could give you a better life. I know you were too young to tell your parents to stop doing any illegal act. I know you were a child.
You went to school, here in America. You made friends and you played football with them. Your parents worked as maid and gardener. You were not rich, you wore second hand clothes. But there was always food on the table. Your parents did not tell you to study. They themselves can barely read. In high school, your parents did not buy you a car like the other kids. But you made it anyways. You graduated high school, you did not get into trouble.
Then you got into graphic design. When DACA came along, you got a job. You got a driver’s license. I remember the look in your face. Gone was a depressed little boy who did much of nothing. You had new enthusiasm. You got a job. In fact 2 jobs. You wanted to save up. You wanted a house, a wife like everyone else. You worked out, ate healthy and lost weight. You started looking good. There was a sense of purpose about you. You are today, what America made you.
And you paid your taxes. Paid for your Driver’s License, your car insurance, your health insurance. You gave back to America everything you could, because you love the only country you’ve lived in, the country that gave you everything.
And then you hear that you may be thrown out. As someone educated in USA, you will find a job in Mexico. But you don’t know anyone there. You don’t celebrate the same things, you don’t eat the same food. If we send you away, you will benefit the country that did nothing for you.

Banerjee & Associates