We have both spent years away from our family and homelands, been on the other side of the world when loved ones passed away, missed our best friends and mama's cooking and native language. To be together, we had to fight.
Every year thousands of students from all over the world make their way to American universities. Most of them come with the hope of achieving the American dream. Our story started out on a similar note.
Lost in the doubtlessly shrill debate that will soon begin in the Senate is an existing, little known but highly innovative path for foreign nationals who want to contribute to the U.S. economy, and become permanent residents in return.
Faced with a shortage of temporary high-skilled visas and 6- to 10-year waits for employment-based green cards, foreign graduates of U.S. universities are taking their talents elsewhere. Wouldn't it better to have them working for us rather than for our foreign competitors?
The evidence is overwhelming; talented and skilled immigrants have been a driving force in building the nation's intellectual, human and financial capital. But, our immigration system and policies are neither designed nor structured to magnify those contributions. They need to be.
From September 23 to 28, 2012, we focused in Bangkok, Thailand on figuring out how to get a visa to Myanmar. We traveled by local boat (15B about 50 cents) and sky-train (15B one stop) from Koh San Road to the Silom area where the Myanmar embassy is located.
If Republicans want to win the White House again, whatever their stance, they have to at least be able to move far enough left on immigration to accept the DREAM Act; if not, they won't be able to win elections outside a dwindling number of places with a majority of old, white male voters.