Sonya Smith

Sonya Smith

Georgetown, SC

I was born and raised in South Carolina as well as my parents and grandparents. After researching my family history, I found that I had ancestors from Ireland as well as England. There’s documentation of one of my Irish ancestors running into a rough time in Ireland and so he jumped on the boat to come to America for a better a life. Had it not been for his brave move, I wouldn’t be here and neither would my son. After watching the news, reading these stories and talking with people from all walks of life, I’ve come to realize that we are all the same. We all want to feel safe, have a better life, provide for our families and pursue our dreams. America has always claimed to do that. We should be proud that so many people want to come here, not threaten to deport and separate families. I’m sure that every American can trace back someone in their family to find that they came to America to find a better life, probably illegally. I used to define American as freedom…but, are we really?

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