Because of the times we live in. Because America is better than what we are showing ourselves to be.
Because immigrants work hard, pay taxes and deserve a chance to make in this country, like my grandparents did.
Because teaching immigrants our language and culture is the very best way to help them to assimilate.
Because I love what immigrants bring to our language, our cuisine, our fashions, our traditions and want to see this nation become more tolerant not less.
Because not every immigrant is the cause of every problem in this country.
Because immigrants are often the solution to problems. Isn’t that enough of a reason?
Look in your family history? Who from your family made it over and was gifted with the chance, not a guarantee, to build something better for their families?
Because that is what I aspire to as a husband, father, brother: something better for my children and yours.
30 Poems in November! is a literary fundraiser for Center for New Americans. Center for New Americans welcomes and serves immigrants in Western Massachusetts with free English classes and a range of support services. For more information, please visit: http://www.cnam.org This year, we aim to raise $50,000. Writers do their part by writing one poem each day in November. Friends and family do their part by donating to support this effort. Powerful new poems and financial contributions translate to community support for immigrants.