A permanent status for tears

The woman said to me —

I was from El Salvador
but I live in the United States now.
I have a mortgage
and two children in school.
I have a job
and pay my share of taxes
and I support a whole family
in Soyanpango
and you will send me
into violence and joblessness,
break my family in pieces.”

And I look out
and see so many other Americans,
successful, engaged,
giving gifts,
who were born
in Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua.

In a world with so many refugees
and so much sorrow –
our president is not satisfied
unless we can make more children cry.

Doesn’t he understand?
We are all in temporary protected status,
it is what we call life.

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