So this is my first column, and I’m very excited. I have a lot of topics I plan on writing about over these next few months, but I would like to start this month with a particular subject because it has been one year since I have seen my father.

Anyone who keeps up with current events knows about Donald Trump’s comments on Mexicans being rapists, and that they should be deported. Well, I’m here to say that I am the daughter of a Mexican immigrant who had to leave the United States this month one year ago.

There’s recently been some heated debate over how our country should deal with its policies on immigrants coming to the US, and I’d like to share my opinion on the matter: obviously, I’m pro-immigration. I wouldn’t exist without it.

Now, I know some people may argue that Mexico has plagued our country with drug lords and gang violence, but maybe if we spent half as much energy as we do tearing apart innocent families, and focused it on the people who actually deserve to leave, the gangs and drug lords wouldn’t be such a big problem. I understand the desire to rid America of all criminals who don’t belong here, but a family crossing the border in hopes of providing a better life for its children deserves a chance. My father is not a criminal. He came here to make money to send to his parents.

Although my father and I can still communicate through e-mails and phone calls, I wanted him to be back in the country to see me graduate. Now, with my graduation date arriving unbelievably soon, I don’t know if that will happen.

I am writing now because I don’t want any more families to be separated. I am one of the lucky ones. I have another parent to depend on; my mother is an American. Sadly, there are some children who see their only parents sent away. These are just some things to think about when casting a vote or choosing a side in a debate. Try to see things from the point of view of the people it affects.