Digital Reflection By: Danny Ivanov
With my volunteer work at the New Americans Campaign, I spent a majority of my time working with accredited representative Esperanza Montaldo. An accredited representative essentially functions as a lawyer and is approved by the Board of Immigration Appeals to represent immigrants in court. Esperanza and I helped clients fill out the proper application forms and prepared them for questions they might face during the interview process to help calm them down. There were two applicants in particular I assisted that made a personal impact on me.
One applicant was a young man in his early 20s hailing originally from the Dominican Republic. He shared with me that he was currently a legal permanent resident enrolled in classes at Miami Dade Community College, hoping to eventually advance his education by transferring his credits to a four year university in order to obtain a bachelor's degree. He would be the first in his family to go to college and break through a vicious cycle of poverty.
This young man's story inspired me because I could tell how badly he wanted to reach his goals as he was passionately communicating his story. As i listened intently, I realized that this young man is exactly why the United States needs immigrants. It is an already well documented fact that immigrants start new businesses at a higher rate than the native born population. Why would we want to lose out on this young man's human capital? Why would we want him to take his talents to another country only to see the U.S. suffer from a "brain drain." His story reinforced in me the idea for a need for the U.S. to pursue a liberal immigration policy to attract the best and brightest talent the world has to offer.