Families, Immigration Law, the Supreme Court, Executive Orders and Reality
At the end of the day, we are more alike than different. This morning I met this most incredible mom and one of her twin teenage daughters. I was blown away by the accomplishments of her children. Her twin daughters graduated from 8th grade. Each one had 10, yes, 10 awards, in science, math, art, a 4.0 GPA and along with 6 others. After rigorous competition and testing, they have both been accepted to Early College High School, a competitive school that only accepts a 100 students. In addition, her 12 year old son, completed 7th grade and walked away with 6 awards, in science, math, for being a perfect student along with 4 other awards. The youngest, is highly creative and can build anything, just by looking at it.
I wish I could recall all the awards, but I was awe struck after the first 4 or 5, and just couldn’t retain it all.
These four incredible children are gifted and talented, love music. The son plays the violin, one of the twin daughters worked to buy a guitar, and then self-taught herself how to play it by going online and watching videos.
This is a tight family, loving … they look out for each other, have strong family ties, close knit. The mom cried just thinking about being apart from her children for even a couple of days, much less weeks, or years. I could feel the love and respect.
What makes them different, however, is that the children live with uncertainty and fear that their family could be torn apart.
You see, their parents came to the U.S. a long time ago. They work hard, pay taxes, and love this country. They are part of our communities, contribute to our economy, and have raised these incredibly, gifted children.
Unfortunately, our immigration laws are old. Although there were employers who wanted to hire them, there simply was not an immigration category that would have allowed them to come with a work visa. It is part of our old and worn out 1952 immigration laws.
So what does this have to do with the President’s Executive Order, the Supreme Court and Immigration Law? Well the President’s Executive Order would have allowed these hard working parents to remain in the US with permission to work and drive. They would not have been able to get green cards or apply for citizenship, but they could have lived here and worked here, without worrying about being stopped, detained or picked up by ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Yesterday the Supreme Court refused to make a decision on this case, leaving intact a District Court decision in Texas.
This means that these incredibly gifted and talented children will continue to live in that fear and uncertainty. Somehow I think we can do better.