The start of a new week usually brings a fresh and rejuvenating energy for me. While I’m not a fan of Monday mornings, it usually kicks off a productive way of handling the rest of the week. Even though I had my usual weekly bumpdate and a weekend recap of our happenings, I’m at an en passe. It doesn’t feel right to post about my conventional bliss of living in this country when I am so weighed down by the current events affecting so many people in life changing ways. Like many of you, my stomach is still in knots and my heart is still broken in pieces. So instead of trying to recreate some sort of coherent message to convey the confusion that is still clouding my mind, I will share with you what I wrote to my friends on Facebook late Saturday night.
Originally written January 28, 2017
I’m a legal resident and green card holder. I have been since my parents immigrated here from Korea in 1990.
My parents left nearly everyone they knew half way across the world, with their meager life savings and moved to a country where they didn’t speak or understand the native language. They worked 12+ hour days, six days a week to give my brother and I the opportunities that they believed could only be achieved here in the great United States of America.
I consider myself American in every sense. I live and breathe the American Dream every day. I work hard every day because my parents’ sacrifice was nothing short of it. I have a supportive, loving husband and 3 healthy, beautiful children. I love our conventional, blessed, happy chaos of a life we live daily in our suburban utopia.
But, I didn’t realize how lucky I was until this weekend.
Today, I’m luckier than I could’ve ever fathomed possible because I’m not from one of the seven Muslim-majority countries. And because I’m Christian.
Because our President tells me that I’m one of the better immigrants who is afforded this grace to not be banned from re-entering our great country should I choose to travel elsewhere.
This is our America today. I am both in shock, disbelief, and utter heartbreak that this is the greatest nation in the world that my youngest son will be born into.
I’m not one to talk about politics or religion, I respect the differences that we’re all privileged enough to have in our first world, democratic nation. But, I urge you to think, think twice about the changes that are happening around us every day.
I will not be silent any more.
If you’re not in shock or disbelief as I am. Please ask yourself this: if Korea was added to the list of countries tomorrow, what would happen to me? And my family? Would you be able to turn a blind eye and tell me that banning me or my parents is worth the “risks we avoid” to keep our nation “safe”?
I don’t at all begin to fathom the feelings and experiences of those directly affected by this ban. I am one of the lucky ones. My intention in sharing this post is to share my story. To those that can turn a blind eye to such events going on in our country today, please know that I nor are these immigrants/refugees any different than you. We are all just trying to love one another, fulfill our American dream, and make a happy life for our families.
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