In San Diego, they’re all around us.
Refugees who’ve become legal residents. Immigrants who were brought here illegally as children. People who’ve served time in prison and are out on parole. Regular old high school students.
They all share something that unites them: They can’t vote.
We spoke to several San Diegans who cannot legally vote in Tuesday’s election about how they grapple with paying taxes and investing in their community without having a say in how their city and country are run.
All photos by Gabriel Ellison-Scowcroft.
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An American citizen overstaying a tourist visa and someone whose parent risked everything to have opportunities are not the same thing. This country needs immigrants--has an immigrant quota for that reason, and a heavy bureaucracy that makes immigration too slow. DACA is a genius solution to a problem that doesn't need to be a problem. I hope we all fight to keep it alive.
Although you have my empathy, having been deported for overstaying in New Zealand when I was a young backpacker; you do not have my sympathy. Even though you are comfortable here, you all know that your true "home" countries vigorously enforce their respective immigration laws.