The closer we get to the 2012 elections, the more acrimonious the debate becomes on immigration. It seems we are caught in an endless cycle of hateful speeches, broken promises, harsh government policies and rising anti-immigrant hostility. The real tragedy is that in the end, the cost is human. Families are torn apart, dreams are shattered, and lives are ruined as we grow ever more distant from our country’s greatest aspiration: that all people are endowed with certain inalienable rights, amongst which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
As an immigration lawyer, I am touched daily by the efforts and sacrifices people are willing to make because they believe in the power of those ideals. I created this blog because it is easy to hide behind words. I hope these images will put a human face on the issue and remind us all what immigration means to this country. My hope is that by having a conversation through images we can finally communicate in a meaningful way and remember what is at stake. I hope you will join me in this experiment by viewing the photos and submitting your own.