Joseph Choi

Joseph Choi

Springfield, VA

18 January 2012 | Joseph Choi ive always wanted to share my story with other people but i could never find the courage within myself to do do. my story is somewhat similar to the found per of this website Jose antonio Vargas and here is my story.. Unlike Jose I came to this country legally but like Jose Ive also become an undocumented immigrant due to overstaying the visa. i came from Korea when I was a child specifically at nine years of age. from then on I grew up here just like any other normal kids, other Americans. I also have many of my relatives who are already citizens and living here in America so it everything seemed normal to me. I finished elementary middle and high school here in Virginia where I lived my entire life only to find out that I was in fact an illegal the same way Jose Vargas did.. trying to get my drivers lisence the lady working at the DMV told me that my visa has expired and it will be impossible for me to obtain a drivers lisence because I don’t have all the required documents. this is the point where my life began to fall apart. I coudnt drive for years which resulted in annihilation of my social life, I coudnt go anywhere without the help of my friend and relatives I even had contemplated suicide seeing the dim prospect of passage of comprehensive immigration reform. this might sound bit extreme to others but I was seriously depressed and still am to some extent. I’ve always wanted to give up and leave everything behind because it seemed like nothing would change. at one point I didn’t even want to be a citizen or permanent resident here i thought I would be happy if I can get my drivers lisence which would allow me to get a job to pay for my school but unfortunately this simply is not the reality here. what’s even more unfair is that both of my parents do pay taxes because they were given a SS# when they came here. and the people who have lived here went to school here and want to continue to live here are going to suffer and be punished for the actions of their parents we are not setting up our parents as an excuse or blaming them for ruining our lives this is simply the fact. In reality when your parents ask you one day if you wanted to move to a different country and live there can you really say no ? and refuse to go with them ? NO ! kids at that young an age simply doesnt know any better people on the other side of the fence need to wake up and accept this as a reality and allow for proper conversation to take place in order to solve problems another similarity that exists between Jose Vargas and me is hat I obtain my drivers lisence from a diffrent state. I really want to help this cause and meet jose Vargas in person so I would have more opportunity to share my story. I’m tired of living as a THIRD CLASS CITIZEN and live under the shadow Im tired of not being able to answer the question my friends ask all the time.. ” aren’t you old enough to drive ?, shouldn’t you be able to drive by now? why are you still getting a ride from your parents? everytime someone asks me I have to lie… ” oh I just lost my lisence that’s all” or ” oh I got my lisence suspended for DUI ” there are millions I can think of… I’m tired of feeling ostracized by everyone else because I feel like I’m different than everyone else since I’m an illegal even though I still see myself as an american I see myself as an American because I share and believe all th values that this country represents: equality opportunity democracy individual liberty hopes dreams and everyone else that made this country so great immigration is not the enemy of this country one of the republican presidential contender said in a debate “immigration is one of the things that made this country stronger” and I believe this with all my heart. president JFK has said that “ask not what the country do for you but what you can do for the country” all I ask from this country is the right to live.. an be myself I’m only twenty years old now the best phase in a life with full of potential and bright prospect … please put yourself in my shoes I come from a good Christian family and have committed no crime I don’t understand why they won’t pass the dream act this will change my life … I’ve done no harm to this country and have not been a burden to this society. all my relatives who are already here are citizens and I would’ve been one too of my parents said Yes when my uncle said they wish to adopt me here … I want to ba productive and contributing member of this society just like everyone else … and thank you for allowing me to share my story with you guys… this was a huge relief for me I wish I could find the courage to stand up and come out and tell everyone about this injustice but I’m too afraid .. too scared lastly thank you Jose Vargas for all the work you’ve done to help this cause and everyone who’s helping out sincerely from Joseph choi from Virginia Springfield spread the word

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