On a random Thursday morning in the middle of October, I became an orphan. I have always been independent and mature from a young age, but all that changed on a crisp day in November when I learned what it means to grow up. Something typically marked by a Bat Mitzvah or the acquisition of a driver’s license was, for me, marked by the arrest of my single mother.
I am who I am today because of my parents, first my dad worked so hard in order to be able to pay to get our papers and be able to legally come into the country. The immigration process took more than 10 years. We were only able to see my dad once a year because he was here working and saving up to bring the family together. In July of 1998 just 3 months before I was born my sister Elena passed away before being able to come into the country, she waited for so long to reunite with my dad and it didn't happen she left before her dream came into reality. When my family was finally able to reunite we made the most of it we enjoyed every second with each other. When I entered school I was known for the Mexican girl who didn't know English however
There was a loud bang on the door. I sat up right away along with the other 13 people in my room. A soldier dress in head to toe with his uniform along with a winter jacket. He threw five pieces of bread on the floor and told us to go to work before leaving. The bread only got split upon nine of us; I was one of those nine. I had noticed a young boy did not get a piece so I gave him mine. The boy looked at me with a blank stare and took the bread from my frangile bonny fingers. I stood up, buttoned my shirt and adjusted my shorts. Under that slats of wood I slept on, I hid a scarve that I stole from a dead woman. I pulled it out and tucked it in my shirt so no one would notice. As I stepped out the door frame I felt a chilling breeze up my
have you ever wonder how it is to be an immigrant? Traveling over the border to actually be free? To have better job opportunities, to let your children be able to receive the education. Tuesday, November 8. Karla Rodriguez, a senior high school. Shes a regular citizen. On election day, a day to choose our president. Karla was ready. She was ready to go through what was expected. Karla got dressed on a Tuesday morning, getting ready for school. As she left her room, she went downstairs for breakfast. As she stumble down the stairs, her brothers son started crying. She went back upstairs to go check on the baby. After she was done with the baby, she went downstairs and heard yelling in the kitchen. She heard her abuela and mom fighting over
Leng had a difficult time while growing up. He struggled as a slave to his aunt and uncle as an orphan. The feeling of being unloved and unwanted made his life unbearable. But that never stopped him from being who he is today. He spent his whole childhood growing up in a refugee camp with his aunt and uncles. It wasn’t long until he was able to immigrant to the United States with his sister Houa, and her husband. He had hoped for a better life here, but only found it to be more difficult.
I do not really know what brought about this outburst but as an immigrant of this country for many years, I am proud of the different cultures that has evolved from the day I first came here.
If I came to the U.S as a child and found out I was never an American citizen when I turned 18, I would do everything in my power to try to get my citizenship. Following the devastating news, I would feel betrayed and unwanted. I would also feel as if I have nobody to turn to since all my friends wouldn't be able to relate because they are naturally born citizens. However, I would still attempt to go to college and get a profession. I have always felt that the best way to gain the respect of others is to be well educated and have a professional career. The DREAM Act would be a reform that would help me in this situation because it would allow me to continue my education without fear of deportation. Especially since I would have been less than the age of 16 when I got to the United States and have graduated high school, which are requirements of the DREAM Act. Although, current immigration debates would possibly make my search for a profession tough because the DREAM Act doesn't guarantee citizenship (Module 3, p.11). Thus, many jobs prefer a potential candidate for a job to have a United States citizenship.
Every individual comes to a point in their lives during which they reach a tipping point between adolescence and adulthood. I happened to reach that tipping point when my mom told me the story of how our family got to America and to the position we are in now. Before I heard this story, I used to complain about small issues all the time, and take important things for granted, but after hearing the story, I am extremely thankful for how we are living and all that we have. I felt like a changed man due to my family's past and it gave me unbelievable amounts of determination to work hard and to become successful in the future, not only for myself, but also so that I could make sure my family would never be in that situation ever again.
This may be another “ immigrant essay” but I am an immigrant and I don’t have a talent or anything else that makes me stand out from the crowd other than that. When I was younger never thought about the chance of living a country like the United States. It never occurred to me that I would be able to live in a place I only saw in movies, in a place where trash wasn't laying around everywhere I went to, in a place where I didn't have to use public transportation, in a place without hundreds of stray dogs or in a place full of opportunities.
Eating, drinking, walking, being, if you are an immigrant those are privileges not a right. If you live a mile south of an imaginary line you don’t have the rights to a proper education or a job that pays enough to live. If you are tan all year round you can’t eat at a pizza place without getting stares. If you can’t speak english, even though that’s not even the national language, you are an outcast, a menace, an alien. There are four, specific, boys out there that even though all these odds were stacked against them they succeeded. They prevailed even when they weren’t suppose to. Even when Uncle Sam said no.
As of 2017, veterans have given our generation immense gifts, even in it meant combat. With all of their perseverance and determination, our country is effortlessly one of the greatest. America has given my generation and I gifts of freedom and being able to have opportunities.
No one enjoys leaving their home, but when calamities occur there is sometimes no choice. Due to political and natural disasters, such as the earthquake in 2010, the number of Haitian immigrants in the United States has increased to 700,000 in the last 30 years. Many of these immigrants were encouraged to come to America for safe keeping until the year of 2018. Most of these Haitians have plans to stay in the country illegally. Very few of these immigrants have understanding towards the American life. To help them become legal, the United States can create an adaption program to aid immigrants in acquiring abilities to speak English, maintain economic stability, and provide workers for the United States.
I am a Chinese immigrant, and I have been New York six years already. In here, I spend lots of time to learn English and adapt the cultures. Even my language is not as good as a native speaker, but I still want to be an American here. Therefore, I am planning to become a US citizen within two years, before I graduate college. In this six years, I started from learning alphabetical in high school. Because of my language problem, I didn’t have a good GPA in high school. It made me upset. After I graduate high school, I didn’t go to college, because I thought, even I went to college at that time, I won’t have good score and achievement. I won’t spend too much time and concentrated on study. Therefore, in the year after I graduated, I went to
Did you know that almost 59 million people immigrated to the United States in the past 50 years?My topic is the best ways for people from other countries to adjust to living in the United States.There are many ways for people to adjust to the living here.People can get a tour of places in the U.S.Then there are websites that can help them find a job,a place to stay,and all types of things they need to get their life started in the U.S.
Many people believe immigrants should have more rights because we're all human and we all deserve human rights. They believe immigrants founded this country for immigrants. They believe they should have the same rights because they work and pay taxes like everyone else. Most of the field workers are immigrants. If it weren’t for immigrants we wouldn't have as many crops as we have now because many americans wouldn't want to work in the fields.