There has never been a more critical time to ask ourselves, how do we Define America? Who does America belong to? Does it belong to you if you were born here? According to Trump, Rubio, Cruz and others, "Anchor Babies" do not deserve birthright citizenship. Does it belong to you if you were naturalized? Does it only belong to you if you are a "White" American? Who does it belong to?
My brother was born in San Antonio, TX on Christmas Day 1992. He truly is the best Christmas present my family has ever received. As the youngest of 4 siblings and the only boy, my parents were ecstatic about his arrival. My parents were legally in the country when my brother was born, they owned a business and employed U.S. Citizens. My brother is now a senior in college, he's a smart, hardworking man. What he is not is an "Anchor Baby," but if it's left up to certain politicians, his very citizenship would come into question.
Last year, he was with me when I became a U.S. Citizen, he celebrated me as a New American. It pains me to think that while he was born on American soil, that while he is working hard to finish college, politicians are questioning whether he should be an American. I am also reminded that he can vote, that I can vote, and that we will decide who is our next President.