“Immigrants make America great”
I know this is a ~controversial~ topic, but I wanted to share my story as a refugee who came to the states 20 something years ago.
In 1994, my family and I came to the United States as refugees from former Yugoslavia. There was a horrible war and genocide that tore the country apart. My parents were both taken to concentration camps in different towns when their town was seized. My mom was 6 months pregnant with me.
Thankfully, the red cross came and took my mother so she could deliver a healthy baby (hey y’all) and they lived apart for months until my dad literally broke out of the concentration camp and came over to Croatia to meet my mom and me. Shortly after, we were granted refugee status to the United States.
For the first 4 years we spent in America, my mom, dad, brother and I all slept on one mattress donated from the Salvation Army in a 1 bedroom apartment because it’s all we could afford. My parents each worked two jobs for YEARS so that we could afford to move into a larger apartment and then shortly after, a house. They worked their asses off so my brother and I could have a better life and they succeeded. They truly fulfilled the “American Dream”. I’m sharing my story to give you one perspective you may not see everyday. America was founded on the land of opportunity and that’s exactly what it did for myself and my family. I’m 10000000% certain I wouldn’t be where I am, who I am, what I am if it wasn’t for this country. America is my home and I love it dearly, but there are others seeking not only opportunity here, but a place where they can be safe from daily bombings.
This country is made almost entirely of immigrants, and that’s what makes it great. Different peoples of different cultures coming together to live in a giant melting pot of ideas, dreams and hope, working together towards a brighter future. Please be kind to those who came here as immigrants seeking that and think twice before you judge someone for being one.