The #ImHere Campaign

Perhaps you're following the Presidential Campaigns now that the debates are in full swing (remember, even if you're under 18, you can affect the election!). One big issue we've been following is the DREAM Act. A lot of kids were raised in the United States by immigrant parents, and though they've lived here all or almost all of their lives, they're not citizens. You probably know some of these kids, maybe you even are one. The DREAM Act proposes that "qualifying undocumented youth would be eligible for a 6 year long conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service." (See President Obama's speech regarding this issue.) Sounds good, right?

Well, the DREAM Act and other support for immigrant women and families who want to pursue their own American Dream needs your support, and the #ImHere campaign is a great way to show it. Think about this: In the first six months of 2011, the U.S. deported more than 46,000 parents of American-born children. Imagine your mom being taken away, your dad disappearing.

The #ImHere peeps have put together a touching short film, "The Call" (above, inspired by a true story), that shows just one aspect of the immigrant family experience and the tough choices that are faced. Check it out, and if you like it, show some love with the#ImHere tag wherever you are online.