Please watch this video and then head over to defineamerican.com to make the pledge to live like an American citizen should, whether or not you are recognized as one.
Jose Antonio Vargas asked me to participate in this video last month, both in speaking in the video and as the production assistant for Define American. As a DACAmented student majoring in Film & Media Arts at American University, I was so excited to both partake in the video and in helping with the organizing. This video, in it’s minute and a half dives into the meaning behind pledging allegiance to the American flag. What does it mean to pledge allegiance? More importantly, what does it mean in my case and the case of everyone in this video, to pledge allegiance to a flag that does not yet recognize you? To me, it means I’m making a verbal contract with this country, that I am a part of it and an American regardless of how the law describes me. Sometimes being undocumented can feel like being at a party you weren’t invited to, especially when it comes to things people take for granted liking the right to vote, getting a license, or even something as simple as going on a cruise. But when I’m pledging allegiance, knowing those words by memory and knowing that “liberty and justice for all” is a promise I have to, as an indivisible part of this nation, help make a reality — that makes me feel American.
I am very proud to have been a part of this video and meeting and sharing stories with the other 29 undocumented Americans that took part in this video, some I knew already, some I knew through stories I’d heard in the news, and others I hope I’ll get to see again. All strong people with purpose and love for this country. So please check out the video and help me share it around!