I recognize it is far easier to be the one going than to be the one left behind. I sympathize with them. But I do not feel it fair to call my decision, or me by extension, selfish. On the contrary, I believe what I am doing is empowering those I know and am soon to know to go out and live their dreams.
In the United States, the immigrant story is part of the blueprint of our country. It disheartens me to see my community or any other culture under attack. Some presidential candidates do not seem to care that by promoting negative stereotypes, they are alienating one of the biggest voting blocs in America.
The opportunity and ability to turn one's life around is a fundamental principle of justice and of the American Dream. Unfortunately, it seems this principle of American values has gone missing from our broken justice system. Fixing the way inmates interact with the outside world is an important step in restoring it.
"Perseverance," "resilience," "strength," "immigration," and "the American Dream" are just a few words that are nearly synonymous with the Latino experience. And this is especially true when you look at the staggering statistics and the obstacles that Latinos have to overcome in order to succeed in public schools.
That Dr. Ben Carson, a black man who is running for President, has said a Muslim should not be President of the United States just killed the American dream for many children and their parents in this country and the illusion that America stands for something greater -- equality and dignity for all.