From a sincere friend of America

November 3, 2020

Beloved Grand Valley Community,

In 2004, my family moved to the United States. We have lived a quiet life, never traveling far from the city. Over the years, I learned that I would have a different path in life than most because of my situation. Grand Valley’s generosity and commitment to an equitable and inclusive learning environment have allowed me to pursue higher education.

In the summer of 2012, the Obama administration signed an executive order now known as the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). It granted over three-quarters of a million young undocumented immigrants a means to obtain legal work authorization in the United States. This Program opened a world full of opportunities; the ability to drive, work and live without the fear of deportation. It was a sense of relief to know my future could lead to a better place. In recent times, however, the program’s flaws were made clear. The legal battle over the Program’s legality continues to this day. Our future is uncertain, but there is still time for a change.

To those who have decided not to vote in the 2020 election, I urge you to reconsider. Whether you are for or against this issue, I believe it is a civic duty to promote a healthy standard for our Great Republic. Get involved, collaborate, and challenge yourself. Hold your elected officials accountable. Represent the voices of the disenfranchised and work with others to build a fair and just society.

Best Regards,

A sincere friend of America

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