How will candidates address injustice?
I want to hear from the candidates how they will deal with the injustices afflicting this state
and how Floridians can truly live the American Dream.
My mother came to join my father in Miami in 1981. She took one suitcase and climbed upon a raft sailing from Haiti, landing on Virginia Key Beach. My parents, now American citizens, left an impoverished country with no economic and political future for its countrymen.
“How will the candidates establish a immigration policy that addresses the needs of individuals who come to America because of the economic struggles of their birth country?”
My parents, like many parents today, worked paycheck to paycheck, allowing my sister and I the chance at the famed American Dream.
I started working at age 14, to help my family pay for household necessities, and I am still paying for my master’s and law degrees. Florida, the purple state, is full of stories like mine. We see America as the country that embraces the hard-working immigrant.
However, the difficulties for our community to succeed have increased. Families struggle to put food on the table and keep the lights on, young people are burdened with thousands of dollars in loans to receive a higher education, households are destroyed by hurricanes, then receive little to no help from the federal government, black men are still beaten and even shot by police pledged to protect them.
If elected president, how will the candidates establish a humane immigration policy that addresses the needs of individuals who may come to America because of the economic and social struggles of their birth country? How will they raise the federal minimum wage with a Republican-run Senate? How will they ensure equal justice in policing, justice and banking system? How will they ensure FEMA is fully funded and run appropriately? With the known effects of climate change, how will they ensure Florida’s coastal lands and homes are protected?
I want to hear from the candidates how they will deal with the injustices afflicting this state and how Floridians can truly live the American Dream.
Miami Herald, Letters to The Editor