"But what hurts me the most—more than the alienation, more than the fear—is the sense of betrayal. It pains me that many of the same Christians who supported me as a youth, who helped pay my college tuition, can turn around and chant, 'Build the wall.'
"People I love post things on Facebook that break my heart. If I were any less grounded in my faith, I honestly would have left the religion.
"But I’m glad I didn’t leave, and as a Christian, I am trying to understand the points of view of those Christians who would like to see me deported. Many of them, I know, are struggling in their own lives.
"I pray that our shared faith will give them compassion for immigrants like me, and I wish that we can love one another as much as I love this country."