The current immigration crisis in the United States has left many Americans with unanswered questions regarding the impact illegal immigration has on our national economy and how our leaders plan to adequately address this growing problem. Widespread confusion has led to cultural unrest that has proliferated throughout our schools, businesses and communities.
I was born an American. However, I would not be here today if not for my immigrant grandparents. My paternal grandmother, Josefina Diaz, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in the 1920s. She trekked nearly a thousand miles to come to the United States in search of a better life for herself and our family. My mother’s family also immigrated from Ireland and Demark in search of opportunity.
After my parents split, my siblings and I moved into a battered women’s shelter before moving into alternate government housing where we would spend the remainder of our childhood. Government handouts and welfare programs became a way of life until I took charge of my own life and sought emancipation at just fifteen years old. My faith and my country taught me that if I was willing to work hard I could accomplish anything I sought out to achieve.