Shahram New York

Give Immigrants a Chance

Many undocumented immigrants come to the United States to have a better life, opportunities, and education for their children than they had in their own country. They should have a chance to become citizens of the United States even if they are undocumented immigrants.

Dear Next President,

I believe that young undocumented immigrants should have a chance to become citizens of the United States. I myself am a young Immigrant. I came to this country for many reasons, one of them being to get a better education. I am a senior in high school and I plan to go to college next year. Because I have my green card, I can get financial aid for college, but students without documentation cannot. I can’t imagine how hard that must be for them. A lot of immigrants come to the United States seeking to have a better life, opportunities, and education which they did not have in their own country. In an article by Alfonso Chardy of the Miami Herald we learn about a young illegally immigrated that came to United States because of gangs she said. “I had a problem,” Granados recalled. “Someone wanted to harm me.” She said gang members were threatening to rob her if she didn’t join them. This shows one of the reasons why undocumented immigrants come to United States. There are people that are risking their lives and dying trying to go through the border just to have a better life. Whether you are an undocumented or documented immigrant we all should have the same opportunities as everyone else who lives in the United States.

According to Kate Hunter of Bloomberg News, there are about 11 millions people that are living in U.S illegally. We should help them instead of kicking them out. We should stop deporting illegal immigrants, according to Serena Marshall of ABC News “Between 2009 and 2015 his administration has removed more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, there is already”, because of it we see so many families are being separated. I believe that if undocumented immigrants have not committed crimes and have a clean record they should have an opportunity to become citizens. In an article by Kimberly Hefling and Juan A. Lozano of the Associated Press, we learn about a young girl who immigrated illegally. “She says she was 18 when her parents sent for her. Her parents had moved to the United States 14 years earlier. The young undocumented immigrants come to U.S for better education. It is clear that young people who are undocumented have struggles between school and work; opportunities for college and work are limited. Many undocumented immigrants like to go to college to have a better education but they cannot afford the tuition that they need to pay. "I have great hope for these kids able to hang in there, learn English and earn a diploma, and I have great sadness for those who aren't able to do that," Coughlin said. "It's heartbreaking." This quote shows how the teachers feel bad for the students that are undocumented immigrants.

Everyone in this world deserves to have the same amount of rights and opportunities throughout their life. “Most Americans say the undocumented should be allowed to stay — 72 percent said so in a 2015 poll by the Pew Research Center” (Hunter, n.d.). Therefore, instead of deporting them, you should take a step to make them refugees and treat them with all possible respect equal to others who are living in the society. Protecting everyone's rights and safety would always help the society to become developed by each day. As I mentioned before, a lot of immigrants come to the U.S seeking to have a better life, more opportunities, and an education that they did not have in their own country.




Hunter, K. (n.d.). Issue Overview: Immigration reform. Retrieved from

MARSHALL, S. (2016, August). Obama Has Deported More People Than Any Other President. Retrieved from

Press, A. (2014, July 30). Coming to America is a scary journey. Retrieved from

Herald, M. (2014, July 04). Young migrants leave behind their country, and parents, to enter U.S. Retrieved from 

Brooklyn International High School

BIHS Seniors 2016-17

Brooklyn International High School, in New York City, is a public school for recent immigrants to the U.S.

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