Michelle R Oklahoma


Immigration is more than just an issue dealing with people; it deals with education, income, and the lives of those people around you.

 Dear, Future President of America,

Did you know that the children of 11 million undocumented immigrants could be our future nurses, doctors, teachers, engineers, firefighters, etc,? But the US government is depriving them of staying here. They are scaring the families of those 11 million immigrants. These families are scared that one day, police might come into their house and take them away. These families live in constant fear of their families being torn apart by a paper. Immigration is more than just an issue dealing with people, it deals with education, income, and the lives of people around you.

The issue of immigration may be seen as a top problem in the United States. It is a problem because there are 11 million people whose future could be destroyed due to the idea of racism. Did you know that "at least 26 percent of Hispanic students live in fear of being subjected to peer abuse," according to an article published by The Huffington Post entitled "Latino Bullying: The Unspoken Epidemic." This is a serious issue due to the fact that it not only deals with race, but also education, bullying, and a language barrier. Latino child immigrants get bullied due to the color of their skin or simply the way they talk.

According to an article published by Pew Research Center, "First-generation Latinos are those born outside of the Untied States who were brought here at a young age. Second generation Latinos are those children born to parents born outside of the United States." Of these two generations, only second generations have better opportunities for jobs and education. According to the same article, "First generation have lower household incomes." This is due to the lack of education that they receive for not being born in the United States. In President Obama's speech at Del Sol High School in 2013, he stated, "What makes someone American is not just blood." He meant that any person can be just as American as a full-born American.

Latinos have been known as drug dealers or criminals, thanks to the news and television. But Latinos are much more than that. A first generation immigrant by the name of Larissa Martinez graduated from McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas. She was the valedictorian of Class of 2016, and she's undocumented. She has been accepted into Yale University. Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. She is living proof that Latinos are much more than what is portrayed on television. She said in her speech published on CNN.com, "By sharing my story, I hope to convince all of you that if I was able to break every stereotype based on what I'm classified as - Mexican, female, undocumented, first generation, low income then so can you." People might disagree and say that immigrants are stupid and don't know anything about America. Well, as I just proved, we immigrants are just as American as you.

Immigrants are people who can achieve anything they set their minds to despite not having a paper stating that they are US born citizens. Despite there being struggles along the way, we are just like any other American. There is no reason to hate or discrimination when they are just like your average American. They are often good people with bad memories. They are normal people with normal lives. They are anyone and everyone just like you. Those 11 million immigrants are just as American as you. They just don't have a paper to say they are American. Is that paper the only thing separating us? Apparently so, because a paper of black and white is dictating the future of families and friends. It's tearing them apart. A paper that can be ripped, torn, or even burned. A paper that decides our future life. I urge you to think about that before you make any decision regarding immigration. I want you to take in consideration the future of immigrant families. I want you to take action on the immigration laws that could break up millions of families.

East Central High School - Tulsa

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