Hugo Chavez

Becoming a citizen in Donald Trump’s America

I am originally from Venezuela, but I have lived in America for about 20 years and consider the United States to be my home. That’s why it’s been so upsetting to see how immigration has become such a polarizing issue lately — how immigrants like me, who love this country, are not being treated with respect and dignity.

Like millions of people, my mom brought my sister and me here at a young age, the year Hugo Chavez took office. We were not here to steal anybody’s jobs or to break the law; my mother just truly wanted a better life for her two daughters.

She was not only courageous but amazingly strong. She worked in a factory to support us, and, in survival mode, made a...