Magdolyn Kawas, 23, lives in Brooklyn, New York with her mother, two younger sisters, and an older brother. Eight years ago the family suffered a difficult loss, when their father, an undocumented immigrant, was detained by ICE and held for over 2 years before requesting self-deportation. They have been separated from their father, ever since.
The Palestinian family immigrated from Jordan nearly 20 years ago, and with the exception of the father, all have now obtained legal status as permanent residents or naturalized citizens. Magdolyn considers herself a proud American, a muslim, and more recently, an activist for immigration reform. Through her involvement with the Arab American Association of New York, Magdolyn is giving voice to families who have been torn apart by the immigration system.
Here we follow Magdolyn to Washington, DC, as she joins tens of thousands of demonstrators from around the country, at a rally for immigration reform. Magdolyn gets the opportunity to share her story with Senator Chuck Schumer, and reminds us why Family Reunification is one of the central topics of the immigration debate.