Just Like Us

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Argumentative Essay about Helen Thorpe’s Just Like Us Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe is “The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America.” The story revolves around four high school students; Marisela who is a gaudy, driven, dramatic girl who wears “twice as much makeup as anybody else in her circle.”(8) Yadira who is a strong and reserved girl who “never gave away anything important with her facial expressions.”(8) Elissa is a star athlete and Clara usually dresses like a tomboy. They are all eighteen years of age and top students at Theodore Roosevelt High School together in Denver, Colorado, whose parents all came to the United States illegally from Mexico. All four of the girls have grown up in the United States. They…show more content…
“Marisela paid state and federal taxes, even though she would never collect social security payments—she was padding the fund for Americas legal retirees.” (39) This quote proves that the image that most Americans have toward illegal immigrants is a distorted. Many Americans argue the fact that Illegal Immigrants do not pay taxes and take away from our economy but that is not necessarily true. The only time that is true is when they work “under the table”, which means that they do not pay any taxes to the government for their wages they get paid straight cash from their employers. In this specific case, Marisela is paying taxes to the government because she is paying taxes to the United States; she is contributing positively to the economy and paying into social security. She is paying into this even though she may never be able to benefit from it. Marisela is doing everything right by working and being a productive member of society, this includes paying her taxes, she is not trying to get out of that by working under the table, as some Illegal Immigrants do. The only problem with what Marisela is doing is that she is working under a false social security number, but if she was given the same opportunities and privileges as document immigrants she would not be using fake identification to be able to work. “If spending time with Yadira and Marisela had taught me

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