Moral Obligations To Strangers- Unite The Families


Our immigration laws are a nightmare. The 800,000 Dreamers are one group but there are many more residents in our country who are not being at all included in the current discussion. Two cases in point:

Democracy Now has been following the case of Ravi Ragbir, an over two decade undocumented immigrant with US citizen wife and children. The story is both heart wrenching and revolting, certainly because of his treatment, but more so because there is no conceivable path to legalization and citizenship within our current system. That situation has lead to his current condition, Ravi being arbitrarily removed from his home and family- taken into detention.

José Ángel N., who was here in Pittsburgh recently reading from his book, Illegal, tells the story of living an American dream characterized by constraint, deception, and humiliation. It is poignant and personal, well told and easily felt, a precarious situation at best, as he ponders his life as an illegal with a citizen wife and child.

Both men are two of the 11.3 million US immigrant residents who have no path to citizenship. A Shunda! Here are 7 Ways You Can Help Undocumented Immigrants Right Now.

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