There is no doubt that immigration reform is good for all Americans. Over 1.3 million jobs would be created with immigration reform, according to the Social Security Administration. Trump's supporters believe immigrants should "do it the right way," and "get in the back of the line" without realizing that the line for undocumented immigrants doesn't exist. Under the current system million of people are left with no path to legalization. Let's join forces to create a path to citizenship for those who have waited for decades as undocumented immigrants. Join us to bring back our parents and veterans who have been deported. Join us to create a more fair and inclusive system.
Yes, we feel beset by the election results. But let's turn our worry and anger into action and remind Congress and the next president that we are part of the American story and they have to represent us too. We are here and we are not going anywhere. We are not moving to Canada, we are not going back to "where we came from," as some of the ill-informed like to say.
We will fight for our futures and those of the communities we serve. We are resilient, strong, and intelligent, and we will not let the results of this election distract us from the task at hand. We have come too far to give up now.
Commentary by Diane Guerrero and Julissa Arce.
Guerrero, a New Jersey native, is best known for her roles on the award winning, Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black," (for which she received two Screen Actors Guild awards), and on CW's break-out hit, "Jane the Virgin." She recently published her memoir, "In the Country We Love." Guerrero is also a White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization and volunteers with Latino civic engagement and immigrants' rights groups. Follow her on Twitter @dianneguerrero_.
Julissa Arce is author of the book, "My (Underground) American Dream." Arce made national and international headlines when she revealed that she had achieved the American Dream of wealth and status working her way up to vice president at Goldman Sachs by age 27 while being an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. She currently works with the Ascend Educational Fund, a scholarship program for immigrant students in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @julissaarce.
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