Roode J. Massachusetts


This letter is about immigration in the U.S.

Dear Future President of the United States of America, 

My name is RJ. I'm 15 and I attend CASH High School in Boston, Massachusetts. The issue that is affecting me and my community is police brutality. My position on this topic is that I fear for my life in the hands of the police. The same people that are supposed to be protecting me are the ones that are beating and taking out my childhood friends. This is a cry for help from my community and my peers. My friends and I have all had a fair share of our encounters with the police. Our first hand experiences have made me feel as if I cannot trust the police at all. In all my years of being alive, I have only met one good cop. My peers and I descend from Haiti and I feel as if the police treated us like they did because they viewed us as immigrants and gave us no rights.

             My recommendation on how immigration policy should be handled is by setting better laws and setting some type of immigration camps around the United States for people that are waiting to be naturalized. Many people leave their countries for a reason and some might not feel safe or comfortable being in their own country. I think Law of Blood, Law of Soil and other laws that help immigrants become citizens should remain the same. There should be some kind of benefit to naturalized citizens of America and in their home country. For example, if a Haitian immigrant is at the final process of being naturalized in the United States, the government should start sending immigrants benefits like welfare so they can begin to start their new life in America as a citizen.

          This topic should be focused on by the President because there are serious issues going on in the world. Immigrants that have been naturalized could possibly become soldiers and soldiers will defend our country with honor. Especially with rising threats in the Middle East. Having a better naturalization process can benefit the United States greatly. This can make America a better place. 

- From RJ

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