Shelby P. California


The role of immigrants and naturalization process reform.

November 3, 2016

Dear Next President,

One of the United States’ biggest issues currently is immigration. Many citizens feel that there are too many illegal immigrants taking American jobs. However, many of these illegal immigrants have been present in this country for multiple years and actively pursuing citizenship. They fill jobs that are widely rejected by most American citizens, like farming and hard labor. The idea that they are “stealing” American jobs is inaccurate: they are taking an unpopular position in the American economy because somebody has to. Immigrants have served and do serve as the base of the American economy.

In order to improve the lives of the many hard-working but illegal families and make them more effective members of society, the naturalization process will need some serious reform. The citizenship process is so long and backed up that it makes becoming a legal citizen take years and years. Illegal immigrants are already afraid and discouraged due to their status in this country, so they need reassurance that their status can be changed in a reasonable amount of time without the threatening of deportation. Not elongated waiting periods and studying for a test that most American citizens could not pass.

My questions to you are: How would you reform the naturalization process? How would you give illegal immigrants opportunities to become more efficient members of society?


A VERY Concerned Citizen

Santa Clara High School

11th graders in AP English Language SCHS

11th grade students in AP English Language at SCHS

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