Behind the Immigration Stories

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.


41 thoughts on “Behind the Immigration Stories

  1. Ok, I get where you are coming from and understand that you want opportunity for people that are law biding and want to make something of themselves. But I believe that there is an act that gets immigrants the help and schooling that they need. Isn’t there also a grant for immigrants workers to start a business that will run tax-free for 7 years. If I try to start a business as an American citizen there are a ton of hoops to jump through and taxes to be paid. I understand your point and I hope everything goes well in your life and your children’s lives. Still there are to many “illegals” that are coming over and the border would need to be monitored in order to free up any money that would be needed to fund the DREAM act you speak of. As of right now the money is most likely going to the workers trying to track down the people that are not coming over in a legal manner.

    1. I agree that there are too many families that are immigrating illegally. I am an immigrant from Canada. My father had a job transfer that brought our family here to the United States. We all have our green cards that grant us our legal permanent residency. Though it was a very big process to receive our documentation, it was the legal process and therefore the right way for going about immigrating. I do however believe that this is a country of immigrants and will continue to have the same issues with illegal immigration. It doesn’t necessarily make it the right action, but sometimes we must realize that people are coming here to seek a better future for themselves and their families.

  2. Here we are 11 years after September 11, 2001, and the federal government is still as uninterested as ever in receiving reports of illegal aliens and criminal alien residents. I feel like there’s virtually no interest in the executive agencies for getting deportation proceedings rolling against the millions of immigration scofflaws in the country. And there’s even less interest in Congress in setting up a coherent system to summarily remove illegal aliens and criminal alien residents, which just so happens to be perfectly allowable by 100 years of U.S. Supreme Court precedent. I absolutely agree with a reform policy. I believe we need to focus on getting those who come over illegally out the country and work on getting better results for those trying to come over the right way. Our government lacks the proper resources to do this because we don’t genuiley invest energy in solving the problem completly.

  3. I know exactly where you are coming from, I understand how you say some people deserve to get in. But what if someone lies? What if a criminal lies about wanting to be good, and once they are in they cause destruction. But on second thought, the ones that want to help out and do better do deserve to get in. If only there was a way for us to 100% tell if someone will be good or bad. You are an example of someone who is good for the Country. All in reality, this country is getting very crowded. Which to me is a main reason of trying to block off the border.

    1. I can understand your concern about letting criminals into our country. But I have worked with immigrants who were studying for their citizenship test and a lot of those questions that they ask when you go to trail to become a citizen are very personal. They obtain records on the person and ask them many times and in various forms if they have ever been convicted of a crime here or in their home country. And if the offense is something major they of course will not grant them citizenship. And the organization I volunteered for made sure the people they took didn’t have a criminal record at all, therefore nothing could be held against them. And for the part of America getting very crowded, I understand that our population is growing, but from what I understand we do not have a population problem. So I think there is enough room for us to allow immigrant in.

  4. I agree with what the author said about the “opportunity to that talented and bright youngster”. Many of the legal immigrants from the foreign countries are the bright and learned students. Because that they have the ability to achieve student immigration vise as well as getting enough money to back up their studies in the US, it is most likely that they are in the top sect of their original nations. If the US could pass some laws that can grant these migrant students a chance as a residence (instead of a student visa, which greatly limited mobility of these students) of the US, these people might actually benefit the US greatly. Far as I know, most of immigrated students actually stayed in the US upon finishing the studies, and many of the others returned their nation due to the strict immigration laws of the US. So as I mentioned already, if the US could pass even a temporary residential act for the foreign students or just sooth the current laws for a bit, I think it would be much better for both the US people and the immigrants.

  5. The reason why America is so concerned recently with trying to close off all the borders, is because our economy is so bad right now. Unemployment rates are extremely high, and our national debt is higher than ever. Politicians are doing everything they can to think of ways to bring our economy back up. One major argument that can be made is that illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from U.S. citizens. This is true, but is also not true at the same time. Yes they are taking jobs that can be given to U.S. citizens, but what are the odds of a U.S. citizen “lowering” himself to take such jobs? Most illegal immigrants are taking jobs picking watermelons for obnoxiously low wages. But, politicians are going to make any argument that can to help them win their elections. I am kind of on both sides of this debate. I do support immigration to the united states because i am a strong supporter of the “American Dream”. But, i also believe that we can not allow the amount of immigrants into the united states as we are right now, at least until our economy is more stable.

    1. I appreciate your comments and agree with you because I too am on both sides of this issue. But I don’t see how the economy really impacts your opinion on whether or not the US should allow immigrants in – especially in the illegal immigration debate where the US has virtually no control over how many immigrants join us.

      I’m a huge advocate of the DREAM act and in easing the path to legal status for illegal immigrants. I’m in agreement with the author on this – those illegal immigrants who have shown their work ethic and their lack of criminal pursuits (in my estimation, this would include a huge percentage of immigrants) should find a relatively smooth path to legal status. No one benefits from having non-legal residents. We need the children of immigrants in school, learning English and new skills to help both themselves and their parents.

      Tightening up the border? I don’t think that is ever going to really happen. But developing a better relationship with the Mexican government could help. for all the talk of tightening the border, people of all nationalities keep flooding in. Folks want to be here, to work here, to join their families here. Uncontrolled immigration doesn’t seem to work, but undocumented immigration definitely does not work. We must truly document who is here by providing a path to legal citizenship. Knowledge is power. With that power, we can learn if there actually are issues with the number of immigrants. I’ve never learned of a direct negative impact from the number of illegal immigrants – at least not a convincing argument. But let’s keep learning, keep listening, and until I see a convincing argument that illegal immigration is truly a problem, I’ll keep arguing for a path to legal status.

      1. I think that you’ve made a strong point that establishing a strong relationship with neighboring countries governments would help lower the amount of illegal immigrants. However, I don’t think that it would lower the amount of immigrants coming to this country all together. I do believe that documenting who has entered this country is the best course of action. A smooth legal path to immigration would mutually benefit both the country and those seeking legal status. I am still not sure what the best course of action would be in regards to immigrants who do have a criminal record though. Do we just kick them out? What if kicking them out involves splitting up a family? I suppose the first step is, as you said, gathering the knowledge first.

  6. What is the American Dream? Many people are flocking to America through the border in order to secure a life in America and achieve the success that they have yearned to have. Some are coming to America in order to make enough money to support their family at home. Americans are brought up by the government to perceive illegal immigrants as individuals that are stealing our American identity and using our tax dollars without paying for them. Not only that, our government is fixated on increasing border control and rebuilding the fence that guards the border so that no one can climb over it. I think this is a waste of tax dollars. Instilling fear in the people, killing innocent people, and not educating them is hurting us more. These people want to start a life in America and are taking over jobs, but are often underemployed or even unemployed. If this is a free country, everyone should have the equal opportunity to pursue the American Dream. I am not saying that they should not have to pay taxes, but they should have to equally contribute if they want the benefits and lifestyle of living in America. In regards to tangible money and revenue made, we are not a free country and you need to pay your way through.

    1. I agree with parts of your comment. The part that I agree with is that America does have us thinking that immigrants who come to our country illegally are stealing our jobs, using tax dollars and our government resources. I don’t think many people know that if you are not a citizen of the United States you government resources like health care and social security are something that you can’t obtain. Therefore the money that they are getting, whatever has been taken out is going towards resources that they can’t use and don’t benefit from. And as for stealing jobs, how can somebody steal a job that nobody is willing to work because they believe it is beneath them?

      1. I totally agree with your stance on how is it that immigrants are stealing jobs when nobody is willing to work because they believe certain jobs are beneath them. Immigrants who either come to America legally or illegally only have the primary goal to have a better life. Because the United States of America is a larger nation compared to others, people want to take the chance to better their lives and their families in America. Not all, but some U.S. citizens point fingers to the minorities, because they do the jobs that do not receive the recognition that maybe a doctor or lawyer would receive. This has caused the stereotypes of Mexicans taking lawn jobs, Vietnamese all do nail shops, or Koreans doing cleaners. These are jobs that some Americans have made it to look like a job for immigrants because of the quantity of minorities partaking in these jobs. The only reason minorities take this career path is because of the minimized opportunities to receive the education. Affirmative Action has been so important for the racial groups to get the chance to have a better career. If anything, because some Americans think that some jobs are beneath them, minorities have been the cure to the country’s income, because they work twice as hard and receive less pay. It is proven that the minority groups in America who were able to receive equal opportunities are the top ranking money incomers to the U.S.

  7. America is great for a reason, for many reasons, from its having the world’s largest economy, to its rich history, to its powerful military, to its diverse and ever evolving culture. Many countries are sorely lacking in these departments, and the quality of life for citizens of those places is quite low. Americans are flattered by how many people want to come to our country, but if we let anyone who wants to come here enter within reservation, then our quality of life will sink to the level those immigrants are trying to escape. Furthermore, comparing the waves of immigration today to those of one hundred years ago is a case of apples to oranges. America was not a developed first world nation when immigrants came from Eastern Europe in the early 1900s. Now it is and the need for masses of unskilled laborers is substantially less, especially when many native born citizens cannot find work themselves. Immigrations, like all good things, is best in moderation.

    1. I disagree with your claim that immigrants would lower the quality of life to those already living in this country. Immigrants have much to offer. They’ve come here to better their lives and the lives of their families. The fortunate few who actually are able to make it out of their country are usually educated or seeking education and will eventually work in this country. More people working in this country can only boost the economy and would not lower the quality of life. Furthermore, the United States has been a world power since after WWII, yet this country has seen waves of immigrants from well before the early 1900s. It is because the freedom in this country and all of the other essential rights that are not guaranteed in other countries.

  8. The immigration subject is very close to me. At one point I was an illegal immigrant (when my student visa expired). However, I want to make a point about children, who were brought to USA illegally. They can’t get social security card, they can’t drive, they can’t vote etc., but US government found the way that they can pay taxes, even if they work illegally as adults. There should be a law that allows “illegal children” who didn’t choose to be here, to become US citizens. Those kids don’t even know or remember the country they were born in, often don’t even know their original language (often with Polish families).

    1. I very much agree with your comment. As you pointed out the children of immigrants who are brought here can’t get a social security card, license, or pay taxes. So there are certain things they won’t be able to do, like pursue a higher education or get a job because they don’t have a social security card. Hopefully something will be done in the future to take into consideration the children who come over here and are hindered because they weren’t brought to the US by their own will.

  9. You are looking at this issue from the other side of the fence. I believe these immigrations laws are being enforced for a great reason. With the economy being so poor these days U.S. citizens don’t want immigrants stealing jobs away from them. Companies are higher these immigrants to work for less money then U.S. citizens. In regards to the new laws in Arizona that immigrants must present their papers when ever asked by authority is a little ridiculous and demoralizing.

    1. @ms32001 I completely disagree with you because if immigrants are being paid less wages and Americans are complaining about the same jobs than why not get the some wage as the immigrants if “Americans” are so desperate for money? I often hear about immigrants taken over jobs etc. Rarely do i ever see Americans running to the same jobs that these poor immigrants work. I respect these poor immigrants for coming from a different country to this one not knowing how to speak English but yet working for money to support their families back home.

  10. I believe you are looking at this issue of immigration from the other side of the fence. The policies are put into place for a reason. With the economy being so poor and the job market very slim Americans will work any were for money. However immigrants are taking jobs away from these U.S. citizens because they will take lower wages then U.S. citizens. I do agree that some of the policies put into place are very demoralizing and ruthless. For example the law put in place in the state of Arizona that allows authority to ask to see proper papers that state you are a citizen of the United States of America.

    1. Hello mchalesmith13 I will have to disagree with you on one part, Not all immigrants are taking jobs away from citizens, these jobs where available to U.S. citizens as well. In most cases, citizens that are already here are just to lazy to go find work. Many immigrants are willing to work for very little pay in order to support their family. I do agree that policies are put in place for a reason as well.

      1. What I meant by saying that immigrants are taking jobs away from citizens is that they will work for less money. I understand that they need to support there families and that is why they will work for less. The citizens of American expect to get paid at least minimum wage, but some businesses in particular nursery’s pay immigrants less then minimum wage and that is why they receive that particular job over an American citizen.

      2. Hey johnsm01? I agree with you because we Americans are lazy and tend to complain about our jobs being taken away but yet these are the same jobs we look down upon.

    2. Hey mchalesmith13… I completely disagree with you because not all jobs are being taken away. These poor immigrants are taking the jobs that us Americans don’t want. When immigrants that have jobs we tend to think of Hispanics and doing garden work. This is not the case for them all. Some work in meat factories for Tyson that none of us would ever want to work due to the conditions there. I also know a few Middle Eastern immigrants that work in Chicago’s grimiest locations. Now I know us Americans wouldn’t want those jobs.

      1. Iarabichi I understand where you are coming from, and that’s why I disagreed with him in my earlier post, often times many individuals may believe a myth without hearing actual facts. I agree with you on your point of view as far as immigrants go and jobs.There are no jobs here in the U.S. that a U.S. citizen don’t have the opportunity to have, often times their just to lazy to get up and go get the job. I believe if that immigrant wants to work he or she should be able to.

  11. This is a very touching blog, I believe that any time one think on the term immigration, almost immediately one may begin to think negative. Often times a lot of citizens become enraged when speaking on the topic, most of the time arguing that all illegal citizens need to be deported. I personally have no problem with immigration many people have lost their lives trying to migrate here in the U.S. never looking at the danger of crossing the borders illegal. I have a soft spot in my heart for those that come here in hopes of a better opportunity. This was a very informative article. I’m glad I was able to hear someone eles’s opinion on the matter.

    1. @johnsm01 Again you raise an excellent point. I cant quite understand people who oppose immigrants working because aren’t they human beings just like you and I? Some people need to understand that this country was set up as being “FREE.” So this leads us to question, why are we so concerned with immigrants taken our jobs? These people come from different countries and take jobs that most Americans don’t want any ways.

      1. I think that the frustration from many people comes because of the economic struggles that this country has been facing in the previous years. The economy has affected many families and made it harder to acquire a job. Even though most immigrants are taking the jobs that most people would not want to have, I believe that many people have a tendency to point their fingers. It is only a natural reaction, but we as a society must rise above bitterness. This is a free country and a harbor to immigrant; a melting pot.

    2. Johnsm01, I very much agree with you. I don’t think that people take the time to put much thought into as why these immigrants are coming to America and the challenges and dangers they have to face just to get here. Many of them face extortion and abuse from gangs and even the police of the countries they have to travel through to get to the US border. And as you said some of them even lose their lives. I think if more people knew about these hardships, at the least they might be more compassionate and sympathetic towards the immigrants.

  12. I agree with various parts of this article. I definitely believe that the US should do more for the immigrants who have been living in America for years and who relate more to our country than the country of their origin. I’ve seen many documentaries about young people who are immigrants solely because when their family came to America they were too young to obtain a visa. They relate to America more than anything else and now they’re being punished because of something that they could not help. These young people can help America in so many ways but certain stipulations won’t allow them to. Such as, having to have a social security number to apply for college and jobs. If you’re not a citizen you don’t have a social security number. And that leaves them in an unfortunate place, wanting to better themselves and the country they came to but they can’t.

  13. It is understandable to feel that as a child immigrant who had no choice in the matter, you should not be punished. The problem with giving rights to illegal immigrants, even if those rights are contingent upon future legal status, is that it promotes illegal immigration. I think that if the Dream Act were passed, other immigrants would feel this means that America would support them in making this journey also. The dream act is a way of justifying illegal immigration and making legal immigration pointless. A better alternative would be to make it easier for people to obtain citizen or resident status. On another note, I whole heartedly agree that a person that is convicted of any crime should be deported if they do not have a legal status. I have personally gone through the hardships that go along with getting someone deported. It is a long, politically complicated task. This man was convicted of many things and posed a threat to many people. Upon researching the topic, I found that many law enforcers were being told that unless they had a large group of illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds they would not deport anyone; I think that this is a problem.

  14. I totally agree with this article’s point that the government should help the immigrant students a chance to success. I am an international student who has been constantly dreaming about receiving a green card. At COD, I have to pay as much as 3 times compared to someone who has a permanent residency card or citizenship. For someone who is working much much harder to reach my goal in life, the tuition amount has often been part of the issues as to why I should not major in something that i really like. For a long time now, I have been trying to decide whether if i should or should not major in Music. It is something that I have always loved to do and wished to do in the future as a job; however, I am constantly reminded of the fact if I was to major in this, I am facing a employless future in this country. Thus my only option is to either go back to my home country or to get a permanent recidency. And so far, it seems like my best option would be through the Dream Act, which i truly hope will pass soon.

  15. When people talk about immigrants, I feel as if the main people they think about are Mexicans, even though they are clearly not the only immigrants coming into the country legally and illegally. It seems that people tend to forget that there are other immigrants who are striving to achieve the same dreams but are overshadowed by the constant topic of the Mexican-USA border control issues. The DREAM act should be passed because as you said, the children did not have a say in the matter; thus, they should not be punished for it and instead given the opportunity to prove themselves. I have heard many stories of immigrant children who were brought to the US illegally when they were babies. While they were born somewhere else, all these children knew was America because that’s where they grew up, so deporting them would be sending them to a country they know nothing of. The DREAM act would give hard working immigrant students the opportunity they need to succeed. I completely agree that those with criminal backgrounds should get deported; after all, they are not helping the country or proving themselves in any way.

  16. Immigration has been a hot topic for several years now, and not until recently, reform is beginning to transpire. Immigrants are typically dealt an unfair hand. I agree with the authors view on the division of immigrants. If there are immigrants that are driven to work and better the countries infrastructure, then why not let them stay? What harm could they possibly do? However, when you have immigrants that cause nothing but trouble, then deport them straight back to where they came. If they aren’t going to contribute to the advancement of this country, then they do not deserve to stay. That is the bottom line.

    1. Hey, I agreed to your post in the beginning but in the end where you stated that immigrants that do nothing but trouble should be deported? I am Mexican and a Citizen in this country and have parents who are also citizens. I like your idea that hard working immigrants should stay in this country but, if we start deporting immigrants who do criminal acts it will bring more problems. I believe every immigrant should be penalized by the American Justice System and not be deported. Mexicans should do their time in this country. Everybody deserves to stay in this country, America was not built to deport people although sadly it still happens.

  17. My main concern with the immigration debate is the sensitivity we have towards people entering our country illegally. Why should i feel bad for people being stopped, sent back, or even injured/killed while trying to illegally enter this country? These people understand the risk before they make an attempt. It is the job of the border patrol to keep illegals out of the country. The problem with people illegally entering the country is the overall lack of regard for the laws that the rest of us must live by too. Why should someone else be able to walk around/bend these rules? There seems to be a different mindset from the illegal community entering this country. I realize i’m generalizing, but i do feel that no matter what ethnicity, there is a different level of respect towards our country from someone that has to follow the process of becoming a citizen before entering our borders. I do not believe poor living conditions, or problems in their home country justify illegal behavior. Backed up or not, they need to follow the immigration process like everyone else. I am pro-immigration, and i think that everyone who follows the proper process should be welcome to follow the “American Dream”.

    I do believe that a program for immigrants and new citizens to increase their education is a benefit to the rest of the public. Increasing our country’s knowledge capital is beneficial in almost every way.

  18. I am very proud to see this blog because I am American/Mexican and this is a very hot topic that I am very familiar with and hear a lot of stories about. I agree with everything you have said, especially that America should stop wasting tax money on reforming the U.S/Mexico border and that the U.S should focus on the immigrants who are already in this country working their butts off just to get little money so they can send back to their families in Mexico. Its sad to see how the U.S stands against immigration. Not long ago, many states on the west coast were part of Mexico like Texas, California, Nevada, etc. I feel that Mexico is not being respected at all by the U.S and should open their arms for more legal immigration because I know that in mexico it takes months and even years for them to get a Visa just to come to the U.S as a resident. Mexicans come to this country to work the jobs that people would not work, they contribute a lot to the economy and are undervalued. Mexicans has a lot of hardworkers that with help and education from a great country like the U.S they all will follow their dreams and contribute a lot to this country.

  19. As immigrants we always feel that the border should be thrown open for anyone who wishes to come to the United State especially when we try to imagine the things that are going on in the countries from which we migrated from ranging from very bad government to lack of security of life and property to joblessness. Let me remind us that this country is how it is now because to a large extent immigration is controlled so that at each particular time the population of immigrants can be known so that necessary basic amenities can be provided for them and also the rate of crime can be reduced and curtained also as you can not tell who is a criminal or not by just looking. And the protection of the borders also keeps the security of the country better. Also the only way immigrants can be monitored is if they come into this country legally and they are properly documented and their information is with the government.

  20. Being a first generation American child to both parents coming to the US from Mexico, I was able to see what they had to go through in life to ensure that my siblings and I had the things they never did. They aren’t criminals, just came to this country for work, they have been working low-income jobs for most of their lives and never have I heard my father complain. It took them years before receiving full citizenship but I know first had they are very grateful for that. I would love to see a hard screening process for people trying to get citizenship, we don’t want people with a criminal record to ruin it for us, we despise them. We need to understand that most of the immigrants are here to provide for their family.

  21. As much as I support immigrants, and trying to help them since what made them flee their home country is usually, I have to say that DREAM Act can only do so much. My parents immigrated here from Cuba, fleeing Fidel Castro and knowing that their home country wouldn’t allow their daughters and granddaughters to become more than just wives and mothers. They wanted them to get an education and strive to be the best you can be. However the DREAM Act requires you to be to prove that you are older than 14, I have been here since before 16 and younger than 31 by June of 2012 (CAP Immigration Team). You also have to prove that you have been in the United States for at least 5 year, are or in high school, or in the military or have been honorably discharges, and if you are under the age of 15 and in the process of being deported, then you can apply too (CAP Immigration Team). All the information was written in a article by the American Progress, which answers questions as well. I am so thankful that my parents and grandparents migrated to the U.S. before I was born, I appreciate everything that they had to go through in order to provide a better life for me. And as much as I want to help other immigrants too, this act only grants them a two-year status to stay here legally and finish schooling. They would still have to apply to be able to get their residency status and then to become naturalized, which takes longer, and then take their citizenship test. Plus, while this grants millions of people a temporary status in the United States, the next president, which in this case would be President Trump, can easily revoke this act whenever he feels like it (CAP Immigration Team). I feel like there could be better ways that the government can help as well as us as citizens, that can help get immigrants to become citizens and stop the immigrants that want to cause more harm than good.

  22. I agree that our country focuses a lot more and what is happening outside of it than the more pressing issues on the inside of it. This post was very eye-opening to me about the issues facing legal immigrants in the United States. However, I do have one question: throughout your post you mention several times that the U.S. should give more opportunities to young immigrants with potential, but you never really specify what kinds of opportunities you’re dreaming for. I’m curious to know what you mean by these statements so that I can better understand your point and cause.

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