A Letter from a Dreamer

February 9, 2018

Waking up every single day knowing you that you are in a safe country that loves you and adores you is just too ideal- it’s something out of a story. If it did happen, I wouldn’t complain. The true fact, however, is that our country is made up of people. The people are the country. Some countries consist of a society that has one leading ethnicity, while other countries consist of a melting pot of different cultures. Here in The United States, we are a mixture of people. Not too long ago, a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA for short, was proposed by Obama. This program was developed for the children who came without their consent. With that being said, what should be done for all the kids that are denied any type of citizenship, regardless of whether or not they were a month old when they came into this country?


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The idea of immigration is a tough policy to compromise. Not knowing which party is even in your favor can really jeopardize your life. It’s not the fear of being deported; it’s the constant state of not knowing whether today might be your last day in the United States or not. Yes, congress and the government are trying their best to resolve this issue, but when will they finally resolve it once and for all? All we can do is hope for the best. I recently asked a friend of mine, who is currently living through this, a few simple questions. Here is what he had to say:


Q: “What would you do to get your citizenship here in the United States?”

A: I will do anything to be honest. The fact that I lived my childhood and teenage years here in the US is amazing. The only thing that upsets me is not knowing until the time has come. By then, you haven’t prepared yourself.


Q: “What if you get deported?”

If I do get deported, so be it. Even if I try to fight, they’ll come up with every excuse in the book to keep me out. The only thing that matters to me is my family, as well as those closest to me. I can handle things on my own, but what about other people in my situation who have it worse. Young adults who have children and are forced to leave, as they don’t need immigrants anymore. We must not forget that this great country was created from the backs of immigrants. 


In  the long run, America is great. There are so many great opportunities here, and we must not let those opportunities slip away. For the kids and young adults who grew up in this country, we are all in this together and there shall not be any force that can separate that from within us. The United States has taught us a very valuable lesson. No matter how pinned we have our backs against the wall, what matters most is how we push ourselves off of that wall and keep moving forward. We must keep our integrity and stay resilient. We are all immigrants of this world. There wouldn’t be a country without some.


My name is Tahiry Sanchez. I am 24-years-old, I am currently an undergraduate at Baruch College. I am majoring in Marketing management and minoring in psychology. I love the fashion industry as well and always want to dress to impress and walk around New York City as if it was my runway.


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