Organizing for America, the political action arm of President Obama’s campaign operation, has sent out a personal plea from an illegal immigrant demanding immigration reform, and calling on others to share their stories of how they came to the U.S. without going through the regular legal process.
On Wednesday evening, OFA sent out a personal appeal by Jose Magana, an illegal immigrant, with the subject line “Where is your family from?”
Magana’s email paints a picture of a hard working man who was brought to America illegally from Mexico “through no fault of [his] own” — a phrase sometimes used by Obama — as a 2-year-old child.
“I am an undocumented immigrant — and I am living proof that our immigration system is broken,” Magana writes in his missive, which was sent out to OFA’s massive email list.
Magana describes how his mother worked three jobs to support the family and how he has gone on to become a productive member of society who completed law school, received deferred action, and is now fighting for illegal immigrants who “live in fear of being deported permanently to a country we may have never even visited.”
He explains that, just as he did in college, illegal immigrants can change minds by “just telling our stories.”
“This is exactly how we’re going to persuade people across the country to get behind President Obama’s plan for comprehensive immigration reform,” he writes, explaining that OFA will “will use these stories to move the conversation forward.”
“Through this grassroots movement, we can raise our voices, tell our stories, and make sure Congress and all Americans better understand the ties that bind us. Our stories can drive our organizing. Share your own story today, and help Organizing for Action get the word out on why this matters,” Magana write directing people to visit the OFA story submission website.