I am undocumented, and have lived in Hyattsville for 12 years (living in the US for 17 years). I volunteer with a homeless shelter on a weekly basis, very active in my church, and even volunteer at Hyattsville events, and yes, I pay taxes.
I love this community very much because of it’s diversity and incredible neighbors that I have come to know over these many years.
Last Sunday, I went to church. When announcement was made of the ICE raids a few weeks ago, I was so terrified, I did not leave my house for close to two weeks. Even though I am in good standing with the law, I was terrified. I did not go to church, I did not go to the grocery store, to work or do any of my regular volunteer activities.
As a sanctuary city, I will feel safe once again to contribute to this community (an country) that I love so very much. Until I have the opportunity to become a legal resident of the US, I hope to continue to do good for this country. Hyattsville being a sanctuary helps.