I'm Salvadoran-American originally from Silver Spring, and I don't ever talk about my parents publicly. But I want The Sun and Maryland to know how much they mean to me especially during this unconventional and uncanny presidency.
Under the Bush and Clinton administrations, my parents were given a chance to aim for the American Dream. In 2000, my dad started a construction firm after leaving a company he served for 15-plus years where his first job was a janitor before becoming a general contractor. Later, my mother opened up a bridal shop in Prince George's County off of Main Street in Laurel. As immigrants with a dream, they created jobs here in the Old Line State, employing local residents and turning blighted communities into beautiful ones all around the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area. Today, my parents are recognized U.S. citizens through their hard work, perseverance, and privilege.
While I didn't grow up in El Salvador, nor did I experience the pain or plight of living without food or shelter during a collapsing government and civil war, I learned from my parents at an early age that when individuals are given a chance to succeed many assimilate (learn English, embrace American culture, create new traditions, etc.) and achieve the impossible.
This week serves as a reminder of how far my parents have come. Yet there are many more stories like my family's journey with terrible and tragic outcomes. Maryland families deserve far better than what this emboldened administration and Congress offers right now “Alternative Fact of the Week: Trump and the border family separations, or when lies justify inhumanity,” June 21). Stand with me for sensible and humane border protections.
Jaime D. Sigarán