It’s no secret that immigrants, and people of Latinx heritage, are being treated differently these days. Whether enduring taunts at sporting events, waiting in line in the store, or just trying to do their job, people are telling them that they’re not welcome. But like it or not, the United States historically has been home to Spanish speaking people, who have fought in our wars, worked in our fields, taught in our classrooms, and served in our Congress.
So the folks at Huffington Post Latino voices decided to educate the best way possible: hashtag storytelling. Participants were challenged to share their own immigration story using the hashtag #ImAlreadyHome. We’ve created a list of some of the best ways that people have shown the world why they are proud to call this country home. They come from all around the world, standing together to make their point known.
— Belle (@esabelleeden) January 26, 2017
My dad came on a raft in ’94. 2 of my mom’s uncles drowned on the way. This year I graduate from college #imalreadyhome
— Melissa (@nobodyspendeja) January 26, 2017
My dad came here as undocumented Mexican immigrant. Worked 12+ hour days for 40+ years. Started a business that created jobs. #ImAlreadyHome
— Andy Lomeli (@andy_lomeli) January 26, 2017
#ImAlreadyHome to all the retards that are leagl crying that they are already home. The deportations doesn’t effect you. Only ILLEGAL ALIENS
— Jason Cruz (@Jdcruz1977) January 27, 2017
Oh boy, you’re going to turn this wonderful storytelling moment into a political discussion, huh? Very well. As you could read from the above tweets, legal status and moral standing aren’t related. And to say that deportations won’t affect those who are documented, well… that’s just not true. Many families are “mixed status,” meaning that while one member of the family might be a citizen, another might be a green card holder, or undocumented. Trump’s moves to expand the definition of criminality for immigrants will certainly put more stress on these families, and increase the chances that they will be broken apart.
And then, you get to the economic effects. Moderate estimates show that mass deportations would result in net economic losses for the economy. We’re all in this together. So let’s move on, and try and use better language next time!
— Christian Ucles (@daakardior) January 26, 2017
Grandma from Ciudad Juárez, great-grandparents from MX. Laborers, educators, WWII vets. Me and my family love this country. #ImAlreadyHome
— Rob Trucha (@RobertTheJr) January 27, 2017
Grandfather entered the US illegally from China. Descendants are teachers, medical professionals, professors. We are America. #ImAlreadyHome
— Tania Israel (@Tania_Israel) January 27, 2017
— alejandra l-g (@exploding_girl) January 26, 2017
— alma 👩🏽🎓 (@almitasuxx) January 27, 2017
— Francesca Gámez (@cescathebesta) January 26, 2017
— j. márquez (@johnnymarquez11) January 27, 2017
— Dr Nabil El-Ghoroury (@drnabil) January 26, 2017
— Norelia (@NoreliaCerda) January 27, 2017
— Yesenia Barragan (@Y__Barragan) January 27, 2017
— Nanette Fabros (@ntfabros) January 27, 2017
Refugee. Immigrated at 5yo. Parents worked hard to provide and make this place home. We belong here. Refugees belong here. #imalreadyhome
— ngoc (@wanderbloom) January 27, 2017
— Solymar (@1phototeach) January 27, 2017
My mom braved the desert to get here in search for the American Dream & raised 3 proud Americans who give back to the world #ImAlreadyHome
— Alba King (@psychenoel) January 27, 2017
— MariaElena Fernandez (@writerchica) January 27, 2017
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) January 27, 2017