Some People See Teeming Masses. I Remember a Small Child Sharing Her Candy.

“When I listen to lawmakers demonize migrants and reduce them to numbers, I am reminded of the days I spent managing a migrant shelter in New Mexico and the people I met there. … I know from firsthand experience that the children and parents at our border right now are not national security threats. They are families faced with no good choices who made the incredibly tough decision to leave a dangerous situation for an equally dangerous journey in hope of finding safety.”

They Don’t Teach You How to Grieve as a First-Generation, Only-Child American

As the only child, only daughter to immigrant parents coming from strong Latin and Middle Eastern cultures, I was taught many things of life in this “new” world. COVID-19 showed me that I was never formally taught one constant emotion amongst all of humanity: grief.

Just when I start to learn to process one traumatic event, another hits, and another, and the next—all while grieving a nation I love and a democracy my parents sacrificed to attain.

Biden’s ‘U.S. Citizenship Act’ Makes Immigration Everybody’s Concern

In his latest effort to reset America’s immigration policies, President Biden introduced a new legislative proposal to dramatically overhaul the immigration system: The U.S. Citizenship Act. The proposal focuses on eliminating current visa backlogs, increasing opportunities for temporary legal employment, strengthening worker protections and addressing the root causes of migration from Central America.

Biden Has Already Reset the Focus of the U.S. Immigration System for the Better

In an extraordinary series of executive orders and other actions taken on Inauguration Day, President Joe Biden reset the focus of the nation’s immigration system, directing the country’s attention to the value and importance of welcoming immigrants.

This is a sharp contrast to the last four years, in which the Trump administration sought at every turn to demonize immigrants, portray the nation as under attack from outsiders, and bang the drum for nativism and extremism.