Without a shadow of a doubt, the most meaningful experience I have ever had is helping immigrants in my community prepare for the U.S. Citizenship exam. We didn’t ask if they were legal or illegal; it didn’t matter, they were people. And perhaps the proudest I’ve ever felt was getting a call from one of the people I had helped, an older man originally from Guatemala, saying, “Andrew, yo pasé.” I passed. The hardworking people I met in the four years I volunteered at this community center were not “bad hombres”. They were people of decency, family, and compassion. They worked day and night to craft a better life for themselves and their families. And our country should have their backs.
I’m voting to restore decency and common sense to our politics. America today stands at a crossroads. Our time is one rife with challenges at home and abroad, be it climate change, terrorism, or economic inequality—and the leaders of tomorrow need to be able to rise to the occasion. Rather than exacerbate the division and partisanship that this administration has wrought, it’s time stop the mudslinging, get back to the basics, and work to improve the lives of millions of Americans. That’s what the Democratic Party should represent. And that’s why I’m voting blue this fall.
Andrew Sugrue is a freshman from Westchester, New York, majoring in Political Science. He is part of the Blog and Debate Committees for GW College Democrats. When he’s not doing stuff for Dems, he can be found writing for the GW Hatchet. He is excited for the midterms so the even-keeled, pragmatic leadership that we so desperately need can be brought back to Washington.