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Supporting humane immigration reform

To the Editor:

I am a 22-year-old immigrant, who was born in Mexico and raised in Southwest Iowa. I look back at my family’s history in this country, and I remember all of the hardships my family had to endure to get where we are.

In our case my father was a farm worker who regularized his status thanks to the amnesty approved in 1985. It took ten years for him to get my mother and me a visa. Now, I am a middle-class graduate student who is working full-time for a school district because my father was given a chance. Today, another 11 million aspiring citizens are asking for a similar chance!

I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services. I have been an active member of my community, and I support a humane immigration reform because I want others to achieve their dreams and provide for their families instead of living in fear of getting deported, discriminated, or abused on a daily basis. They deserve the chance to reach their full potential just like many previous generations of immigrants have.

Nadyne Montiel, Waukee