A guest blog article by Jhoncany Roque (student, immigrant, world citizen)
The beginning of something new and helpful can get out of control over the years. The people that search for that opportunity can be a beneficent or may end up half way to their destiny. With many pros and cons on this issue, there’s no way to end the discussion soon. That’s why they keep making up all these new laws and trying to secure the borders.
Why are people so concerned about securing all borders when immigration was allowed years before and they didn’t complain until now?
Wouldn’t it be easier if they would give the opportunity to those immigrants that are here?
I was an immigrant myself. I was only 10 years old when my parents decided to bring me and my sister to the US. It was hard at first leaving everything behind but I managed to fit in soon enough. I went to ESL classes and learned the Basic English in only 6 month. Then, through time, I went on and got more educated and got to higher level. Even though I was a bit lazy, I’m still in school getting myself educated. I do appreciate my parent’s risky decision for bringing me to America to give me the opportunity to be someone in life.
Touching stories are being heard on the news about immigrants trying to cross the border and actually losing their life on the attempt. People must be facing tough situations to actually make the attempt to border immigration. Central American countries go through much more risk than people from Mexico or Canada that just cross at the main border. I then looked back at my story and reflect upon such actions.
Tax money has been going to the rebuilding of the boarder of Mexico and USA, yet nothing has done to stop the immigrants from coming in. They only have secured a part of the USA-Mexico boarded and the rest, who knows. Well, instead of actually trying to stop these immigrants from smuggling in, they should make a reform and help those who are already here and are of clean criminal background. Yes, they should get rid of those harming the country but to give the opportunity to those that want to help out. Criminals invade the whole US and millions of them that are not from here should get deported.
The Dream Act is one of the main immigration reform immigrants students are waiting for. Some have been fighting and doing a lot to get this act passed. No hopes, just words said by the president and like they say words are taken by the air. Tyler Moran, policy director at the National Immigration Law Center said, “….Congress should follow in the footsteps of both these legislators and act immediately to pass the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform. We cannot allow another generation of talented and driven young immigrants to be denied the opportunity to reach their full economic and societal potential.” Many dreamers have the education the guts and the thirst to be successful but are limited. They did not choose to be raise as Americans on the other hand, they were lied to. They have done more for this country then they have done for the country they were born in.
The US should give the opportunity to that talented and bright youngster to actually apply their knowledge to make the US a more successful country. If you fight for what you want, you may actually end up getting it. We just need to come together and ask for a chance for these new American kids simply for the fact of being here we are American even if our papers don’t say that. Hopefully, not too far from today, the president and the legislative and congress would give us the surprise that the Dream Act is passed.