My stepson came into our lives 20 years ago at the age of 23. He was then a stranger to our family. He was born in a different country during the Vietnam War. His mother married an American citizen and moved to the U.S. when our son was 3. He never knew he was considered an illegal immigrant. He discovered his father quite by accident while thumbing through a photograph book at the age of 19. Finding us was a wondrous chance of luck and determination. He contacted us, we met and we became a family.
This amazing, kind, funny stranger was willing to take a chance on a father he had never met and a stepmother and a half brother who instantly loved him. It was when he decided to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and attend college to become a lawman that we found out he was not a citizen. His world fell apart. Filled with disbelief and anxiety we contacted our congressman's office. We were so grateful to Scott McInnis and his office for their help in clearing the way for our son to gain his citizenship. A Republican congressman helping a Democrat family in a time of great need and uncertainty. Our amazing son is now a decorated lawman protecting his community every day. Our hero.
There are many other families with amazing members who live in our country fighting wars, protecting freedoms, saving lives. We call them Dreamers. They deserve so very much more than they are receiving from our government. Brought here as children, just as my son was, they deserve protection and a path to citizenship. They do not deserve to be pawns in political theater.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.