They were brought here by their parents. They study in our classrooms. They play by the rules and pledge allegiance to our flag. They are our friends and our neighbors. America is the only home they’ve ever known. They are Americans in every sense of the word.
Yet millions of young, aspiring new Americans live in constant fear of a broken immigration system that threatens to arrest and deport them, their parents, their brothers and sisters.
Jaime Diaz, a recent graduate of the University of California, Dominguez Hills, is one such young person. He came to the United States with his mother when he was two years old. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, he juggled classes with a full-time job selling furniture. It took him seven years to finish, and in 2011 he earned his teaching credential.
As educators, we know many students like Jaime, students with dreams, drive and goals. Help tell their story to move the national conversation forward and make immigration reform a reality for students and their families.
Your story will inspire others to get involved. So tell us: Why do your students need immigration reform?