Immigrants Reach Beyond a Legal Barrier for a Reunion
These photos are of Dreamers, children of immigrants without documents for this country, who were brought to the United States and never knew they were “illegal,” reuniting with their deported parents through a border wall in Nogales, Arizona.
If you have any reaction to these photos other than empathy, I don’t really want to know.
Nah I’m angry too
Mad as hell
Cause this shouldn’t be happening
Such a powerful photo. If my parents hadn’t been from Cuba, they could have been DREAMERS. If my parents hadn’t been from Cuba, they might not have status to this day, and would definitely not have their professional jobs and middle class life. If my parents hadn’t been from Cuba, it could be me standing on this side of the border, grasping the hand of a mother who’d been deported after building a life in this country.
Our immigration system is hugely biased and entirely political. My parents aren’t DREAMERs, my parents are now citizens, simply because of the anti-communist agenda of the US government.
I wrote more about this comparison for Colorlines a few years back, but this photo was such a striking reminder of my privilege and how arbitrary it is.
I’m hugely appreciative of their reality, as arbitrary as it was, because it gave both my parents and their families the opportunity to choose a different life. It’s a choice that all immigrants should have.