Ten-year-old Jamie Aristigue differentiates between her country and her parents' country.
She was born in the United States, just like her little sister, Frida, who is 5. Their parents are from Mexico.
Their father, Fernando Aristigue, 36, "has been taken away from us and is in jail," Jamie said, crying, in front of of about 150 people gathered on the Statehouse lawn yesterday evening.
That's because, the Slate Hill Elementary student said, he re-entered the country without permission.
Jamie's mother, Magali Cruz, 29, who is due to have a child next week, and Frida, wearing a traditional red, white and green dress, stood at the microphone with her.
The Worthington-area family was part of a faith-based rally that was pushing for immigration reform. Participants said their diverse faiths all demand the same thing: compassion and love for the strangers in our midst.
Check out the full story (July 22, 2010) on the Columbus Dispatch website by clicking here.
It's amazing how hateful the rhetoric is on the commentary of this article when this is a vigil calling for compassion and love. But let's remember what Martin Luther King Jr. said: "Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."