On Borders and Citizens
“My US citizenship is a kind of bulwark. It is not a guarantee of protection.”
As the spouse of a US citizen, I could apply for citizenship within three years of receiving my green card, which I did. My citizenship grants me the inalienable right to live in this country. It also affirms that I am a part of the body politic.
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Often we only talk about what the immigrant gains, or what they “take.” We don’t consider what they have left behind.
Each time I am lured by the mirage of progress, someone knocks at the door and I am reminded of being thirteen and having nightmares about ICE at our door.