A Place at the Table for Immigrants

 

Let me start off by saying that I’m, by no means an expert on immigration.  I was reminded of this as I wrote and rewrote this post based on new information I would find.  Although I’m not an expert and am still learning, I know that I can’t continue to live as though there aren’t people with thoughts, feelings, and needs affected by this issue.  Having said that, I apologize in advance for any fallacies below.

My views on immigration changed last Fall when I spoke with people going through the immigration process.  I’m ashamed to admit it, but I didn’t really know what a Dreamer was before then.  The people I spoke with are good people who are following all of the prescribed rules and desperately want to be either permanent residents or citizens.  I met someone whose husband has been waiting 18 years to become a permanent resident.  18 years!!!  You might think that’s impossible.  You might even think that I’m lying in order to get you to support the cause of immigrants.  I assure you that it’s not impossible and I’m not lying.  Trust me when I say that I was shocked at the information I’m about to give you.

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Why I’m a Libertarian and Why You Might Be One, Too

This is the second thing I’ve written since the election.  I’m still processing what Trump means to me and those around me.  Several times I sat down to write a reaction piece, but I just ended up with a jumbled mess.  I eventually decided to talk about my political views, which is quite rare.

I voted for Gary Johnson.  And no, it wasn’t a wasted vote as I’ve had many friends imply.  And no, I didn’t vote for him because I just couldn’t bring myself to vote for Trump or Clinton.  I voted for him because I believe in the principles of the Libertarian party.  But until about 6 years ago, I didn’t even know that there was such a thing.

I grew up in a Republican household.  My mom voted straight Republican in every election and when I was old enough to vote, I did the same.  I had been drinking the Republican kool-aid for a very long time.  The only issue I really understood was abortion and because Republicans were always pro-life, I always voted Republican.  And because I had always been a Republican in a Republican household in a Republican state, I was very closed-minded to other viewpoints.    However, as the years went on, I began to see things in the Republican party that I didn’t agree with, mostly revolving around wars and big government.

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