Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

My Path to Citizenship…and the White House

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"When I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot. One of my best friends with the same goal joined the Civil Air Patrol and encouraged me to join, too. I jumped at the chance. But then it happened. I needed a Social Security number and didn't have one. I began to understand what it meant to be undocumented.  I didn't handle it well. My grades suffered, and I felt certain goals were out of my reach. Fortunately, a few farsighted individuals saw to it that I didn't fall through the cracks. Two of them were my parents. Most of the others I never met. Among them were members of Congress from both parties who joined President Reagan in passing an immigration law in 1986 that allowed immigrants like myself a path to citizenship. ... A decade after I was sworn in as a U.S. citizen, I was sworn in to serve at the White House. What I've learned through the years is that citizenship is more than a certificate. It's about our responsibilities to each other