Vallay Varro, president of 50CAN, has penned a powerful and very personal piece about how thirty eight years ago, she and her family immigrated to The United States as political refugees. It’s impossible to read her story and not reflect on what is happening in our world today. Her takeaway: you can’t speak of the American Dream without also focusing on education.
I am living proof that a mountain girl born on the dirt floor of a tent inside a refugee camp can be an American success story and grow up to give back to the adopted country she loves. But my story is not unique. I am one voice among hundreds of thousands of refugee immigrants who have embraced this opportunity to become the best Americans we can be.