A large number of young Americans (and many aged hippies) are pushing for “democratic socialism” under the old lights of those such as Bernie Sanders, under romantic but fantasy notions of either collective or government-mandated equality. Socialism/communism simply does not work.
For a few years, my mother, sister and I were illegal immigrants. Living in the shadows is heartbreaking and stressful. One time I won the Citizenship Award at middle school and believed that we were going to “get our papers.” But now, finally, I am a citizen.