Meet Maggie’s Dad
Growing up as a child, the end of June was always joyous to our family with the occasional graduations, awards ceremonies, my birthday and of course, Father’s Day. With all of these reasons to celebrate, we were so happy to spend quality time together as a family.
Unfortunately, after my father was taken away from us because of his immigration status, Father’s Day was no longer the same. Neither was my birthday. I had to wait a week to receive a home-made birthday card in the mail because my father couldn’t say it in person. Every year he would buy me a new teddy bear on my birthday. I kept the last one he gave me for three years before finally letting it go. Along with my birthday, he never got the chance to attend another graduation, award ceremony, or his only son’s wedding.
June and every month after that has become empty with nothing left to celebrate because our family is broken. It’s easy to take the memories we make for granted but children who’ve lost family members at the hands of our broken immigration system, do not. This Father’s Day, I will continue to cherish those memories and pray for immigration reform that will reunite me with my father and bring thousands of families back together.