Today I had to appear in court to prove I am a U.S. Citizen, once again. Although, myself and the amazing team of lawyers always knew we would win, we still had to show up to court, waste taxpayer time, and our personal time and resources.
From the moment I got served the message was clear: I will not be intimidated by harassment and psychological warfare designed to exclude me, or the voices of the constituents I look forward to serving. When January comes, I’m going to be sworn-in to be a State Representative for Legislative District 30 and I couldn’t be more excited or more proud.
Today is a reminder that we live in constant anti-immigrant climate at both the local and national levels, we live in a constant state of fear for which community will be attacked next – but despite the fear we stand up to injustice and hate.
As I sat in court today having to listen to the questioning of my citizenship and family history, I couldn’t help but to think of the child who is questioned by their classmates, the worker by a boss, or even the candidate knocking on the door of a voter who gets questioned and placed on the “other” column simple because of how they look or how they speak.
I am fortunate and grateful to have your support, access to great legal minds like Roopali Desai, Jim Barton, and Andy Gaona who stood by my side today. I am fortunate to be part of a network and platform that can expose this hatred. But so many are not. We need to speak up, we need to publicly denounce this type of harassment as soon as we see it, we need to support leaders, candidates, and programs like the New American Leaders who trained me and many other first generation immigrants for office.
I refuse to believe that there are more who want to divide and separate us than those who know we are stronger together.
Again, Thank you for your support.
Legislative District 30