As a result of today’s fiery and intense political climate, I can no longer sit idly by without doing something…anything! It is a small step towards affecting change but I, like many others, just made my first donation to the American Civil Liberties Union. My reason for donating to the ACLU is because I share and support their core principles for equal opportunity, defense of freedom and fair treatment. For anyone interested in doing the same, please click here.
As an immigrant, I understand the pain and plight of the many suffering families affected by President Trump’s abrupt executive order on immigration. To make a long story short, I came to this country as a young immigrant and have lived here for over 40 years. Similar to recent heart-wrenching news headlines, my family left our war-torn country out of fear and desperation as well. Loved ones, money, and/or personal possessions were all left behind literally overnight. To survive, we found some comfort in our faith and hope that we would be taken somewhere safe so that we can start over. As it turned out, my family made our way to the U.S. and since then, this is the only country I have even known. My love and dedication for this country knows no bounds. I am a proud U.S. Citizen as are my children who were both born here. I realize my family and I are very blessed to be afforded the amazing opportunities given to us by living in this great nation of ours. We came here with nothing and in return, we were given the possibility for everything. I have never taken this privilege for granted nor will I ever. To me, the U.S. is arguably the greatest country in the world. Period.
With that in mind, generations and generations of men, women and children prior to me and from all walks of life have also immigrated into the U.S. seeking a better life in their own respective pursuit of the American dream. As a result, the U.S. was strengthened by this melting pot of different cultures, commitment and contribution. In fact, many technology companies were founded by first and second generation immigrants (i.e. Amazon, Apple, AT&T, eBay, EMC, Facebook, Google, IBM, Oracle, Reddit, Tesla, Uber and Yahoo). Without their revolutionary and significant impact in the world, where would we be?
As a patriot, it is my hope that we, as a nation, move forward not backwards. We cannot continue to allow ourselves to be divided by fear, hate and ignorance or with bans and barriers. We are a nation united by its people from every race, color and creed. We are the United States of America. Together we can make a difference in how we treat each other. Every voice matters, whether it is expressed and heard by one individual or collectively as a group. For our children’s future, we all need to do our part in making a positive change and if we can do that through kindness, love and unity, it will further demonstrate to the world that we are one.