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Erica - Goose Lake, Iowa
Entered on April 25, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

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Immigration is a big controversial subject between the white American government and the Hispanics, because the media says that the “illegal’s” are only here to run drugs, commit crimes and live the gang life. The negative image may be true for some, but not for the everyday laborers trying to make a living for themselves or their families. Many say they come over to take the white American’s jobs, but what many don’t realize is that they don’t take the high paying jobs. “illegal’s” take the jobs that the average white American won’t work because the job is too inconvenient. Most “illegal’s” take the jobs that consist of dirty work environments, low wages for the job and strenuous hours. Those types of jobs can be working on the farms and some janitorial jobs. White Americans won’t work these types of jobs because of image, they don’t want their friends to make fun of them when they see them there, or it doesn’t pay good enough for their liking. Those are the types of jobs that the “illegal’s” are taking. In Washington State all you see at the apple, pear, and cherry picking farms, are Mexicans. You don’t see white Americans; at least I didn’t when I went out there to visit my family in the summer. I never saw any “white Americans” when my parents used to work there. I saw “white” people, but they were the owners of the land. Even the supervisor was a “Mexican.”

The “white” Americans say that the “illegal’s” are coming to commit crimes, but we have criminals here too. Is the United States of America free from criminals? Are the “illegal’s” causing the crimes or is the “white Americans” that are causing the crimes and blaming the “illegal’s”

Just because you see someone that crossed the border from Mexico to the United States for a better life and job then they had, white Americans go and label them as “criminals.” The jobs in Mexico pay five dollars a day with no benefits compared to five dollars an hour with full benefits in America. Are the criminals here labeled as “angels” then? Every time that I go out to a store alone I always end up with an employee following me to make sure that I won’t steal anything. The people shopping also look at me as if I’m deformed. When I take my step aunt and my step cousin to the doctor, while we are waiting, there will be empty spots by us and nobody will sit by us. They also start talking about us thinking that we don’t understand, but when I start talking to the nurse everybody just looks around as if nothing happened or as if they didn’t say anything. Also when I go somewhere with my step dad there are women that will grab their purses and hold them tightly against them, and grab their children thinking that my dad will take them or harm them, but he won’t. He’s a big guy, but is really nice and he isn’t even like that.

So what I believe is that you should never judge someone because of their nationality. Or just because you think that they are “illegal’s” doesn’t mean that they are all the same.