Harry Potter is a DREAM ACT kid
November 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
“I do not know whether, like countless American teenagers, Yves Gomes will be watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I this weekend. If he does, he will probably not recognize himself in the film. Gomes has no lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. But like Harry, 17-year-old Gomes is bespectacled, owlishly serious, an unlikely warrior thrust into a battle much bigger than him. It’s a fight that has already claimed his parents. Gomes’ parents were not killed by Voldemort. They were deported because they lived in America without papers. Gomes, a minor, remained behind, raised by a great aunt and uncle. Now he is but one of hundreds of DREAMers — young students who grew up in America without papers and are fighting for the right to call it their country. It is their time.
When the great wizards and senators, the ministers of magic and congressmen fail, it is these students who realize that this fight will have to be their fight. They can’t wait for the adults to do battle for them because the adults have failed them over and over again. They have to come out of the shelter of Hogwarts and go out into the real world, where life isn’t a game of Quidditch anymore. All year, we have been watching these Harry Potters come out of the shadows, risking their entire futures for the sake of a DREAM. This week, Matias Ramos, a founding member of United We DREAM, staged a sit-in at John McCain’s Washington, D.C., office. Gaby Pacheco walked 1,500 miles from Miami to D.C. this year. She has been fighting deportation since 2006. Yves Gomes, who doesn’t like talking to crowds, stood in front of his church congregation and told the worshipers his story.” (Sandip Roy)