For those of you who are curious about how I ended up yesterday at the White House on a stage with the President and Vice President of the United States, here’s the play-by-play;
The White House had been planning a gathering with leaders from the business, labor and faith communities who are committed to comprehensive immigration reform. The Reform Movement has been playing a crucial leadership role in advocating for immigration reform, including our Movement’s cooperative efforts between the RAC, Rabbis Organizing Rabbis (CCAR), Just Congregations, Reform CA and our 13 summer camps. So it made sense that the RAC’s invitation was received from the White House early Wednesday evening with the request, “If there is someone you’ve worked with who has a personal connection to the issue or has worked hard on the issue… feel free to send them.” I cutely responded (internally only!) “I’m an immigrant J.” Suddenly, unexpectedly, and happily, I was on the list to attend the event. The next email from the White House? “What’s Daphne’s immigration story?” And then yesterday morning at 9:00 am, I received a call asking, “Can you get to the White House a little earlier than you planned? We want you to be on the dais with the President.” Wha-what? Yes! After getting a little choked up, I stammered out my profound appreciation and rushed over to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.