Immigration has become one of the most contentious topics in U.S. politics since President Trump jumped into the Republican primaries in 2015. He launched his campaign calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists and he has continued in his attack of the immigrant community after winning the election. One point of immigration that has especially angered Trump is “chain migration,” which allows family members of U.S. citizens can become U.S. citizens through sponsorship. While Trump is against such migration, First Lady Melania Trump’s parents just used that same system to become U.S. citizens.
First Lady Melania Trump’s parents, who are natives of Slovenia, recently became U.S. citizens under her sponsorship through “chain migration.”
Trump hates 'chain migration' — unless it's for Melania's parents. pic.twitter.com/KIU3Kq4v4X
— Antonio (@AntonioArellano) August 11, 2018
In response, Politico published a story by Senior Advisor Stephen Miller’s uncle, Dr. David Glosser in which he writes that if Miller’s anti-immigration agenda had been in place a century ago, his Jewish family “would have been wiped out.”
Attorney Asha Rangappa, a former FBI Special Agent, took to Twitter after the news and asked people to share their #ImmigrantStories.
THREAD. My favorite part of today was talking to my waiter at lunch in NYC. He recognized me and told me I was doing a good job. He then got a sad look on his face, shook his head, and said, "That man is tearing apart our country."
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) August 10, 2018
“Hearing his accent, and seeing that he was an older gentleman, I asked where he was from and when he came here,” Rangappa tweeted. “He told me that his family immigrated here from Ireland in 1982. He then asked, ‘What are we going to do? Is anything going to happen to him?’ I told him that I didn’t know what was going to happen, but that the most important thing that anyone could do is vote. He told me that his father died in 1973 at the age of 48, having never voted. He said it was because he wasn’t a ‘householder’ (? not sure what he meant). And he said, ‘So I promise you that I vote whenever I get a chance.’ I so loved this conversation (which was slightly longer than described), and it occurred to me: I, for one, would love to hear people’s #ImmigrantStories.”
The response was overwhelming. Here’s some of our favorite Latino immigration stories.
This country was created for the purpose of people from around the world to find refuge. It is a place where race and class should not determine your place in society or future.
From refugees of theSalvadoran Civil War to professionals.
This story by Ana Fuentes is a true reflection of how immigrants improve their lives and succeed no matter what obstacles are in front of them.
Immigrants so love thier adopted him that they fight to defend it.
Unlike the rhetoric coming from the White House, immigrants contribute to the success of this country.
We know what it means to work hard.
Retirement isn’t something our parents and grandparents thought about. Many of our elders find the work they want to do and they stick with it until they physically cannot work anymore.
This family came to the U.S. right before the Great Depression.
And despite the economic disaster, the family stuck it out and made things work.