Since the weekend, I've been binge watching the new Netflix show, The Crown. It follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her marriage through some of the scandals and world events affecting the British Monarchy in the 1950s. It also portrays her relationship with Winston Churchill, who was nearing the end of his political career while serving his second time as Prime Minister. Churchill was a controversial leader, and history has shown that some controversial leaders fail miserably. But, others are surprisingly successful and make a lasting positive impact on their country.
Winston Churchill is attributed with saying: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
I woke up today to a lot of Facebook statuses and tweets from the immigrant community in despair. Many of you feel like the American people let you down last night, and for that I'm truly sorry. Change is always difficult; sometimes it is exhilarating, sometimes it is terrifying. Today is no exception. But today, I am garnering my inner Winston Churchill and trying to have the courage to continue. I hope you do, too.
I'd like to share my personal statement that accompanied my law school applications. I wrote it about a month before President Obama was reelected to his second term in 2012. Although the country did not experience a political change that year, I was experiencing a lot of personal change. I was graduating from the University of Virginia and going on to law school. It was my passion to help immigrants then, and it is my passion to help immigrants now.
The way I felt when I wrote that statement 4 years ago has not changed. I spent my entire 3 years of law school trying to gain the best experiences and skills possible to pursue this dream. And I feel more strongly today than ever that it is my obligation to help those who need my help.
To all of the Muslims today terrified you will not be allowed to practice your religion and also participate in American democracy; to all of the second- or third-generation Americans who are worried you will not be able to pursue your dreams because members of our government cannot get beyond the color of your skin or the country of your ancestors' birth; to all the little boys and girls who woke up today fearing a knock on your door from ICE that will take away your mom and dad --- please know that you have an ally in me. You have many allies in the state of North Carolina, and around this (still) great nation.
If you are scared, that's okay. But try to have the courage to continue. Because whatever laws are passed, whatever regulations are implemented, or procedures put in place, I am here to help. We will get through this together. You are not alone.