Arlene North Carolina

Immigration is the American way

People who come to America illegally with hopes to live a better life should be given an opportunity to live one by being eligible for a reform.

Dear next president

I'm here to discuss a situation that has become very well known and mentioned in our nation. A situation. That you might be able to help improve. This situation is Immigration. I believe people who come to this country that are undocumented should be given a chance to live a better life.

In the 2016 elections there was a lot of talk about undocumented Mexicans immigrants. They are a big target. A candidate for president even targeted Mexican immigrants. Donald Trump said “ They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists ”. I understand where he's coming from. I mean when a very powerful drug lord from your country is known about worldwide people tend to get a stereotypical idea. But it is still a stereotype, meaning that immigrants are viewed as something they aren't. This would make it harder for people to become part of our society.

According to PEW research Mexicans make up 52% of undocumented immigrants. That's a lot, just a little over half but it's a lot meaning that they could be by far the biggest ethnic group. Those people don't come here to steal your jobs or hurt people. My parents are immigrants to this country and they are good people that would never hurt anyone. In fact if anyone needed help my parents would be glad to help them in any way, especially loved ones or friends. USA today says that immigration advocates led a different study that led to the conclusion that t undocumented immigrants commit violent crimes at a far lower rate than native-born Americans. But there's more, since 1998 to 2013 the number of immigrants has tripled from 3.5 to 11.2 million. But during that time crime rates decreased 48% nationwide.

Do you know what the American dream is? The definition is the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. That is the definition. But did you notice how it didn't say ¨people who come to America¨ or ¨the people in America.¨ It just said ¨of every US citizen¨. Emphasis on the US citizen part. This country was founded on immigration. The English weren't the first here, in fact the native Americans were. They even drove them out. They pushed them out of their own home! Do you understand that people who had been here many generations before, from the very beginning had their homes taken from them. All because you couldn't share or even ask permission to use some 2.3 billion acres. This caused tremendous pain and suffering many tears were shed. They named this the trail of tears. They pushed them out of their own home!

In conclusion president, I propose some type of law that makes immigrants without children or American couple eligible for a reform. I believe it would help immensely the economy. I think if you can you should give amnesty, it would generate a lot of money because a lot of people would pay lawyers and ICE to fix their papers. Plus the last amnesty was in 1986. On November 6, 2016, it's going to be 30 years since then. If you are not able to do that then the least you could is make the former restrictions that they have a lot less complicated. You would give people hope and surge a lot of prosperity. After all, is this not the ¨Land of Opportunities¨.

Sincerely, Arlene.

Works cited

Lee, Michelle Ye Hee. “Donald Trump’s False Comments Connecting Mexican Immigrants and Crime.” Washington Post, The Washington Post, 8 July 2015,

Gomez, Alan. “Number of Undocumented Immigrants in U.S. Stays Same for 6th Year.” USA Today, Gannett, 20 Sept. 2016,

Vecsey, Author Laura. “Total Acreage in America!” LandCrazed, 30 Jan. 2007,

Gonzalez-Barrera, Ana, and Jens Manuel Krogstad. “What We Know about Illegal Immigration from Mexico.” Pew Research Center RSS, Fact Tank, 20 Nov. 2015,

Walker, Hunter. “Donald Trump Just Released an Epic Statement Raging against Mexican Immigrants and 'Disease'.” Business Insider, Business Insider, Inc, 6 July 2015,

Gomez, Alan. “How Violent Are Undocumented Immigrants?” USA Today, News, 16 July 2105,


Joes, Spunky. “The American Lies.” 10 Apr. 2013,

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