So if someone lives in the US their entire life, but was born somewhere else – and doesn’t find out about it until they are in there twenties are they an American or not. My earliest memories are from when I was about 3 or 4, so if my parents bought me off the streets of Germany, I wouldn’t know. Sure I have a birth certificate I’ve seen, but that could be forged.
If I were sent there now, I wouldn’t speak the language and would have no knowledge of the norms or culture. How about you – can you guarantee that you are what you think you are? So what are your thoughts about this?
Nadia Habib is a star psychology student in her junior year at Stony Brook University in New York. She has no criminal record. Her Bangladeshi father, a Queens cab driver who’s lived in New York for 20 years, has a green card, and her three siblings are all U.S. citizens. But because Habib was 20 months old when her mother brought her to the U.S., both she and her mother are scheduled to be deported tomorrow.
Habib didn’t learn she was undocumented until she was in high school, and her mother has been seeking asylum for the two of them since then. Earlier this month, their final appeal was denied.