Jorin G. Pennsylvania

Recognize Excellence

The next President should recognize immigrant's academic work and achievements. People spend lots of time and money to get a diploma and when that doesn't get recognized, people have to take a step back and start over. A lot of life's work to have to do it all over.

Dear Future President,

In many countries, including mine, the United States is known as the land of opportunities. People immigrate here because they want to make a change in their lives or others. People come to the U.S. because their countries limit them from anything they want to do. The idea of the 'American Dream' gives them hope. But, life will never be the same for them; whether they were poor or rich, the U.S. treats them the same. Many brilliant minds have to repeat school and go through years of studying for exams they have to retake. Personally, I see it as a disservice to this country. 

My mother was a pharmacist in Albania. She went through years of medical school to get her diploma, license and to finally open her own pharmacy. It took my mother four years of hard work, dedication and money to finally pass the biggest exam. That was just the beginning, she still has to give an English language exam and hopefully be hired as a pharmacist. Just like my mom, there are so many people that have to go through exam after exam and not many succeed.

"Every country has the right to promote its national interests. Our immigration policy should be designed to serve our country’s economic needs, not to solve the world’s problems." We do not have to change the number of people we are taking in but, we can change the lives of the people who have worked for a diploma. If Americans have student loans to worry about, these educated immigrants are stressing over their abilities to succeed. The Immigration Reform that we need is to recognize the academic achievements of immigrants. If Americans themselves cannot improve this country's economy, we have to give more opportunities to immigrants. If more people don't waste time repeating school, they could be starting businesses and that leads to more jobs. That is what America needs and what is best for us."We must ensure that our country’s immigration policy is in line with our priority of strengthening the economy and, by doing so, improving the livelihoods of U.S. citizens."

People will not have to repeat school, they won't have to work jobs they didn't get a degree in and most importantly, people will have more opportunities to improve their lives. Immigrants would have to have a valid diploma, take an English test, then they could be hired at a job that they have a degree in. This may cause controversy with the Americans but, we cannot exclude people from the same opportunities as citizens. Just like in the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, history shows it is not a morally right thing to prejudice against people who have the same rights and the same opportunities. Recognizing immigrant's academic achievements will not only decrease the unemployment rate but it will also improve the United State's economy.    



Science Leadership Academy @ Center City

Science Leadership Academy @ Center City

We are high school students from Philadelphia! We've been studying immigration in U.S. history so many of our letters include our opinions on this issue.

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