Maiuricio Oregon

Immigration in US

Undocumented immigrants are treated unfairly and are not represented in the way they should.

Dear President of the United States,

Thank you for opening my letter to you. I hope you are making good choices for all of the people of the United states. My name is Mauricio R. Somilleda I am a latino student at Jefferson middle college for advanced studies in Portland OR. I was born here and have lived here my whole life and have seen that latino kids and other minorities don't get the support that they should be getting. I would like for things to change and for all of my people and everybody else in this country to be able to get all the benefits that this country provides and for there to be equality in this country. What makes this country already better than most is that it has what most other countries do not we have freedom of speech that the government won't come after us for speaking out against it, when the lights go out we can count on somebody to come and turn them back on, when someone is in need of help they can seek the attention they need but there are also many things that this country still needs to improve on to be even greater. One of those things is the education system we rank 14 in the world on education but yet we our one of the most developed countries another is how the minorities are treated in our country.

Many people come to the united states to live the “American Dream” and end up working hard their whole lives to make a living while those that have money are the ones living the dream and those who came in search of that dream are poor and treated poorly and don't have the same benefits as many of the people here they are the ones growing, cultivating our food, building and cleaning rich people's houses. People come to this country in search of a better future not to suffer as they suffered in their home country. According to the Global citizen the main reasons why people migrate to the U.S. is because they are trying to escape either violence, poverty or both in their country some come to give their children a better future so that they can have what they never could but only dream of. And in some cases it's not even about the american dream but because the corrupt government and all of the gang violence make it so that living is harder than ever.

Gang presence is so strong in Latin american countries that many kids don't go to school because they are joining gangs and their parents don't have enough knowledge to help them or lead them on the right path in respect to their education. 47% of immigrants have not completed high school and of these, more than half (29% of total) have less than a ninth grade education. The education system should not have barriers for students of other countries who deserve to learn and have as much right as other students to an equal education. Many undeveloped countries such as Mexico and Haiti or Islam don’t have a good education system and if they do there are barriers set for those that are poor and it’s almost impossible to get an education. Sometimes some barriers are as simple as being a girl that means you are not entitled to an education. Or because you are of a certain skin color even though you are the same race you can't get the good education you deserve. This country has the potential to be the number one country in education and the leading country in many other things but everyone is so stuck on the single story of “Illegal Aliens” being murderers or terrorists when in reality Recent studies reveal that most school shooters are White males, with 97 percent being male and 79 percent White. Over the last three decades, 90 percent of high school or elementary school shootings were the result of White, often upper-middle class, perpetrators, and according to the FBI: UCR in 2012 white perpetrators had the highest percentage of most crimes. In the end I would just like to see that change is being made and that all people are treated equally as it should be.


Mauricio R. Somilleda-Ruiz

Jefferson HS

Jefferson HS Students

10th,11th, and 12th grade students at Jefferson HS in Portland Oregon.

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