The Journey Stories of Undocumented and Unafraid Community Activists
I shook my head and took a deep sigh as I read the reviewer’s comments out loud: “This research is biased and not everyone is going to agree with the legalization of illegal aliens.” It stings, but over the years I’ve sadly been desensitized to these comments, especially from journal reviewers. I quickly craft a note to myself: “Isn’t it our professional duty to assist all students in the best way possible, isn’t it ethical to inform ourselves of issues and topics so that we can serve the needs of our students to the best of our abilities, and will undocumented students always be considered political pawns rather than college students?” I put aside my pink ballpoint pen and sigh again. I gaze outside my office window on to the newly tarred asphalt parking lot and think to myself, “I know better. I know that our country was founded on anti-immigrant values and institutional systems have been constructed to sustain these inequities. I know that most people will be stuck on ‘Why couldn’t they immigrate the ”legal way”?’ as a way to defend their stance on anti-immigration policies. I certainly know that, historically, oppressed individuals operate under a system which works against rather than for undocumented people. And I know there is fear within the higher education system that makes folks more comfortable staying silent about this issue. This civil rights issue will continue as long as we sustain systems of inequities.”
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