jennifer s. Oklahoma


Immigration is a big problem in the world. Everyone has their own opinion if Mexicans should be here in the US or not. They some say that we are bad people, and we do bad things, like deal drugs and commit assault, murder and rape, but I say...

Dear Future President,

     I know that you are extremely busy and everyone is asking for your help, but I just want to give you a reason why I think we need to fix the immigration system. Yes, I understand that many immigrants come across the border illegally, but the reasons they mostly do is not because they are running away from the police, dealing drugs or anything else bad that people think.  They cross the border because they want a better life for their families, and they want their kids to have the opportunity to get a better education than they had.

     In the article " Frequently requested statistics on immigrants and immigration in the United States",  in 2014 more than 11.7 million immigrants resided in the United States, accounting for 28% of all U.S. immigrants. The ones who do come to the United States the correct way either apply for a green card or visa. In the article it said that in 2014, 53,490 people received a green card, "but getting one can be hard for some Mexicans because they require you to have proof of a high school education or its equivalent or show two years of work experience within the past five in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience ".  For some Mexicans, that is a problem because some will probably just go up to middle school and then have to stop going and start working with their dad or other family member to help bring in more money.

     Why do we need to fix the Immigration system? I think we should fix the immigration system because we immigrants are hard workers. Even though some people might say we "take" their jobs, but we don't ; we work hard for what we want, and we don't wait until the last minute to do so. We just want to be able to support our families and give the opportunities to our children that our parents didn't get. My parents were born in Mexico ; my mother came into the United States the correct way, she applied for a visa, but my father did not. He came illegally ; he came not because he did something wrong like some would think, but he came because he wanted a better life for himself and for my mother. He felt that the only way he could do so was to come to the United States, so they did and then they had my three brothers and I.

     Now my father wants to get a proper education that he didn't get in Mexico, and he wants to open a restaurant because he loves to cook. He really wants us to be good at what we do, and he pushes us to do great things and he does not let us give up. He wants us to do good in school since my parents didn't get to go to school for that long. I think my dad is a representation that just because you come in illegally doesn't always mean that you are a rapist, or a drug user, or any other bad thing you can think of.  Just like, if you come in the correct way doesn't mean you are a good or bad person. All my dad wanted for his children was for us to be able to get the chance to do great things and to have a better education, and he wanted a better life for his family.

     So that is why I think we need to fix the Immigration system, because we just want the chance to get a better education for ourselves and for our kids. We just want to be able to live in the United States knowing just because you are Mexican doesn't mean we are rapists or murders. It just means that we want the same opportunities that you get, and we will work hard for it, because we know that our parents weren't able to ; we don't want to take it for granted, since we know that some people wish to have the chance to come to the United States.


East Central High School - Tulsa

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