Two thousand thirteen has been a year of great hopes, and big disappointments. During the entire year thousands of people expected immigration reform but it never materialized. For many it has been a sign of defeat, but for others it has strengthened their will as they look for ways to make this come true for the many undocumented families that await an answer.
A positive way to look on the issue is to acknowledge that the many demonstrations, sit ins, etc., have brought the issue to the forefront and it has increased the number of supporters from all walks of life.
It has taken a lot of work from the immigrants, their families and advocates, who spent many hours explaining the matter to audiences that often times were set against them.
They had to repeat every time the reasons why the immigration reform is necessary. Explaining not only the humanitarian issues, but also how the reform would improve the economy and that it is the right answer from a country that believes in an opportunity for all.
The Dreamers, who have received their deferral and along with it, their social security numbers and the right to drive, have not only been incorporated into the ranks of useful workers, but also are contributing to expand the notion that they can and are producing wealth for this country.
Therefore, 2013 was a difficult step, but not the last one on the legitimate cause for immigration reform. It is too bad that the many undocumented individuals, who meanwhile have been deported, will not get to see the triumph that must come in the future.
Every family affected by the more than one million deportations is a broken family that cannot recover from the fact that they no longer are a family unit. Their pain will not go away. Their financial hardship will increase along with the environment of insecurity and hurt for the minors in the house.
In this season when we would like to be happy and fel the promise of love and peace for all upon us, we must remember that after December 31, a new year begins and if we are to wish a prosperous New Year to all, it includes those who this year were left behind.
May the holidays give renewed strength to those who will continue fighting and working for this cause. And may new conscience open the eyes and hearts to all those who so far do not accept others into their world.
El Puente thanks all the readers, writers, photographers, correspondents, collaborators, and people in general who have contributed to this effort during the year 2013. We hope to continue serving you in 2014!
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