Meet the 6-Year-Old Girl With the Million Dollar Question for Clinton & Trump -- & Help Her Ask It

Sophie Cruz asks

Politics these days are causing so much dissension, it's almost impossible to find any sort of middle ground. Hoping to change this is Sophie Cruz, a 6-year-old daughter of undocumented parents and a little girl advocating for immigration reform this election. Sometimes we need to put a face on hot-button issues, and this amazing young lady just might unite parents -- because we can all agree we need to have compassion for the sake of our children.

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"What happens to me if you deport my parents?"

Hopefully Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will have an answer for Sophie's question during the second presidential debate on October 9, but she needs our help to get it there.

Please vote for Sophie's question to get answered during the debate on PresidentialOpenQuestions.com, a platform that gives the public a chance to lend their voice to issues that matter to them and have their questions answered by the presidential candidates.

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No matter where you stand regarding immigration, no family should ever be torn apart.

"Don't forget about the children, or anyone that suffers [from deportation], because they don't have their parents -- because of war, violence, and hunger."

Listening to Sophie -- and her fears -- makes me think back to my childhood, and the children I knew from undocumented families. Some of the kids I came to know as friends and classmates were from beautiful families who were trying to survive and make ends meet, just like the rest of us.

And rather than focus on whether or not their papers were in order, I was taught to love and display humanity without limitations.

That's the funny thing about compassion: You don't always have to see eye-to-eye with someone in order to express common decency.

I am the proud wife of a first-generation immigrant whose family came to the US from Central America. (Well, technically, Germany. They lived there for a bit.) My husband and I also have many friends and loved ones who hail from overseas and enjoy calling the United States home. And as much as we do agree people should follow the proper protocol to becoming citizens, we do think about the families being separated -- often not knowing when or how they'll reunite -- and the children of undocumented immigrants who are often left behind and become just another number in the system.

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Every issue does not have to be black and white. There are gray places that enable us to unite for the common good and look for ways to better protect our children.

Kids like Sophie deserve a chance to enjoy a good life and should not have to pay for whatever sins we're ready to crucify her parents for committing. We need immigration reform that not only streamlines the process to becoming a citizen, but helps keep families who are already here intact.

If we truly want to be the change we wish to see, it has to start with us.

Vote for Sophie's question to be heard.

 

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