Day 454 – Her Name is Rosa Sabido, Mr. President. She Has Lived Here For Decades. And She Should Not Have To Fear Deportation.
Image from The LATimes
There was a story in the Washington Post recently that really deserves a portion of your otherwise miniscule attention span. (It does require reading, but I am sure someone would be more than happy to help you with the big words.) It concerns Ms. Rosa Sabido, an undocumented resident in Colorado, and her efforts and reasons to remain in the U.S.
This isn’t just a Colorado story, nor is it a merely inspirational story about a brave woman’s fight to be what she always has been, except on paper: an American. No, this is the American dream – not just wealth, fame or fortune, not just a new home or apple pie or all sorts of patriotism.
Rosa Sabido is, or should be, the poster girl for what we need to fix as far as immigration enforcement goes. ICE, for whatever reason (to please you, I think, but it may just be bloody-minded bigotry) seems dead-set on deporting the least dangerous or undesirable undocumented Americans: Ms. Sabido, fathers who have ages-old misdemeanors, men and women who have honorably served in the U.S. military, DACA recipients who live in fear of being sent to a place they’ve never known, honest, clean-living, productive and tax-paying residents who want to part of this country. In other words, the very sort of people who built this nation.
The government has no business being so aggressive in their enforcement against people like Ms. Sabido; no business trying so desperately to deplete what is probably one of the greatest hopes to truly keep America great. Like it or not, Mr. President, we are a nation of immigrants. We are rapidly becoming a more diverse and cosmopolitan nation and society; that is our history and future.
It is far past time for you to acknowledge this and abandon your xenophobic attitudes about immigration. We need to drastically revise current law, not in the restrictive sense that you and your GOP seem to favor – that is counterproductive to the American dream. Rather, we need looser, up-to-date laws that allow good people to settle here with a reasonable path to citizenship.
And the sooner, the better. Get busy Mr. President, and lead for a change.