Christmas is around the corner, and while Santa Claus gets his sleigh ready to start giving out gifts to bring joy to millions of people around the world, staff at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) are working full speed to process the thousands of letters containing Christmas wishes.
At the main post office on Eighth Avenue, behind Madison Square Garden, “Operation Santa” has opened a branch to collect the petitions thousands of children are sending to the North Pole. Most letters urge Santa to surprise them with clothing, electronic devices, bicycles, video games, food and even new boyfriends and girlfriends to bring smiles and joy to their parents’ faces. Other messages that have made it to the hands of the elves, however, could break anyone’s heart.
In the midst of the uncertainty and anxiety prevailing among many immigrants due to the policies the next occupant of the White House has proposed, some Hispanic children are only asking Santa for Donald Trump not to deport their parents.
“Dear Santa; although I have been a bit naughty to my parents this year, I have worked hard at school so I can be somebody one day. I am sad because, as you know, the new president has said that he will kick all immigrants out of this country, and I am an immigrant because my parents are Ecuadorian. Even though I was born here, I feel sad because if my parents leave I will stay in this country alone,” wrote a 9-year-old named Jonathan, who this Christmas only wants that his family remains united –and maybe some little toy on the side. “Santa, I hope you will bring me something this time, because last year I got nothing.”
Similarly, little Sandra, 6, asked Santa Claus to use his magic powers to give her and her parents a hand to resolve their immigration status and stop living in fear.