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#PositivelyImmigration | A Northwestern University Professor discusses the positive lessons that she learned growing up with undocumented family members


Ana Aparico, an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latino Studies at the prestigious Northwestern University explains, "What [Her] Immigrant Family Taught [Her] About America."

In this brief article, Ana Aparico discusses what it was like growing up with most of her family members in the U.S. as undocumented immigrants. Ms. Aparico's family fled war-torn El Salvador and sought refuge in America. Although her family members were here illegally, they worked extremely hard, despite low pay and paid their taxes.

Ms. Aparico explains how difficult it was for her family members to make a life in the U.S. in light of their undocumented status, "[i]t takes a great deal of courage to endure challenges in a place that labels you a criminal while simultaneously benefitting from your labor." Ms. Aparico further states that it was strength and courage of that her family exemplified during their time as undocumented immigrants that shaped her into the person that she is today.

Fortunately for Ms. Aparico's family, they eventually were able to obtain legal status thanks to the 1986 amnesty law that provided a pathway for many undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status and eventually citizenship. This is the federal policy implemented by President Regan that Trump referred to at the final Presidential debate.

Ms. Aparico's story is not unique. Millions of undocumented immigrants who are in this country do not commit crimes, contribute positively to society, pay their taxes and teach important life and cultural lessons to others who they come in contact with.

For the full article in TIME, click here.