May 27, 2017

Miriam Enriquez, City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs Director!

Miriam Enriquez,  City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs Director!

On the Immigration MIC, welcome Miriam Enriquez - Director Of City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs - and she’s so awesome! She takes me through her career - from her time in law school, to starting out as a prosecutor, to the DA’s Office - and how immigration always came up as a topic, fueling her passion. Her parents were from Nicaragua, and Miriam was born in the US during a visit, describing how she is considered to be an ‘anchor baby’ by some - and how she detests the talking point about coming to the US the “right way” as her birth was by a combination of luck and resources - and she believes everyone deserves a shot at the American dream. She also tells an anecdote about being in 4th grade and misspelling a word sounding it out in Spanish - a reminder she kept with her that her journey was “different” than others’. We delve into the topic of “Notario Fraud” - she describes it as the perfect crime, because it is a way for people to make easy money by preying on their own communities (of all backgrounds), and tells me about how “Edwin’s” - an undocumented Guatemalan’s life was ripped apart - he went to do his taxes, was told he could apply for citizenship: instead he was left $15,000 short and was deported to Guatemala where he could no longer work because of a disability. We also go into “Sanctuary Cities” - their purpose and their limitations - and how confusing the information is, and the various factors that people need to learn about. Miriam knows the power of storytelling and humanizing - after all, she herself was inspired by seeing a Latina homicide DA - and how her confidence was inspired because of such moments. She sends an important message to all those that need immigration reform - there are a LOT of people fighting with them, and on their behalf - something she was reassured by the airport protests a couple of months ago.

On the ImmigrationMIC, welcome Miriam Enriquez - Director Of City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs - and she’s so awesome!

She takes me through her career - from her time in law school, to starting out as a prosecutor, to the DA’s Office - and how immigration always came up as a topic, fueling her passion.

Her parents were from Nicaragua, and Miriam was born in the US during a visit, describing how she is considered to be an ‘anchor baby’ by some - and how she detests the talking point about coming to the US the “right way” as her birth was by a combination of luck and resources - and she believes everyone deserves a shot at the American dream. She also tells an anecdote about being in 4th grade and misspelling a word sounding it out in Spanish - a reminder she kept with her that her journey was “different” than others’.

We delve into the topic of “Notario Fraud” - she describes it as the perfect crime, because it is a way for people to make easy money by preying on their own communities (of all backgrounds), and tells me about how “Edwin’s” - an undocumented Guatemalan’s life was ripped apart - he went to do his taxes, was told he could apply for citizenship: instead he was left $15,000 short and was deported to Guatemala where he could no longer work because of a disability. We also go into “Sanctuary Cities” - their purpose and their limitations - and how confusing the information is, and the various factors that people need to learn about.

Miriam knows the power of storytelling and humanizing - after all, she herself was inspired by seeing a Latina homicide DA - and how her confidence was inspired because of such moments. She sends an important message to all those that need immigration reform - there are a LOT of people fighting with them, and on their behalf - something she was reassured by the airport protests a couple of months ago.