Sentinel Stories: Immigration Reform through Octavio Sanchez’s Eyes

In life, when an issue arises, you must go to the source or the root of the problem, and fix it.  Simply trying to deal with the effects is not enough. Octavio Sanchez doesn’t think the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill will work, because it doesn’t actually solve the problems related to our immigration system but simply tries to deal with the effects of illegal immigration.

As we think about immigration, we are inundated with opinions from media pundits, news anchors, and policy analysts alike.  Octavio is none of the above.  His perspective is important though because he is an American citizen, and it is unique because he came here from Mexico 16 years ago with his wife and children.

Immigrants who come here lawfully have the opportunity to thrive in a place where the words “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” have real meaning.  That’s why Octavio came here and why he loves America.

Life Was About to Change

Happily living and working in Mexico City, life was going to change for Octavio and his family in a big way that he had not planned.  His company, a large U.S. corporation, asked him if he’d like to take a position in the United States.  He consulted his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, who all gave their consent.

The United States was to be their new home.

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