This I Believe

Sayaka - Greensboro, North Carolina
Entered on January 9, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: immigrant
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This I Believe:

Immigration not as big a problem

as people claim it to be.

Or is it?



– America

You’ve heard these quotes before right? The press makes a huge deal about it and people even debate it at the dinner table. People, it’s not that big of a problem. I promise. You may say that they’re taking “your” jobs. Please. You’re just upset because they’re climbing over a wall and coming into our country. They’re working jobs that you wouldn’t even think to work, even if you were down right impecunious; and they work those jobs for long, tiring hours and for little pay. I’m surprised you even have the guts to say that they’re taking your jobs. You don’t complain when some guy comes along and he does his work better than you and you get fired, right? That’s because it makes sense that you got fired. But you still think it’s right to accuse hardworking people, who are trying to feed their families, of taking jobs that you wouldn’t even do in the first place. Wow.


This, I agree to be a problem. I don’t mind people coming in from other countries, but if you’re going to come into our country, at least try to learn some English and get a VISA or green card even if it takes as long as five years. Both my parents were immigrants from Japan, but they waited five, six years for their cards! It’s called determination. If you really want to come to the US that badly, then five years should be no problem. Don’t speak English? Fine. Then find a lawyer to help you. Someone who is bilingual. The cost to get a lawyer shouldn’t be that high, if they understand your situation.

When illegal immigrants start to pour into the country, and they start to reproduce and extend their families, we have to allow their kids to go to school because they’re US citizens. But, after they graduate high school and decide they want to go to college, it is us tax payers who are hurt. Their tuition money and supplies come from our tax dollars. This I highly disagree with. Sure let the kid go to college, I mean it’s a free country right? But you parents should at least try to get a VISA or something.


True. As I said in the last paragraph, immigrants should learn to at least try to adapt to our ways. After you legally get into the country, there are places where you can learn English. The local library for example.

HOWEVER… You say that they should learn English and adapt but guess what you are doing? (This is just pertaining to Mexican/Spanish immigrants) Haven’t you noticed? Here, let me explain. Let’s say you bought a new entertainment center. You open the instruction manual. It reads “Instruction Manual” at the top but right under that there are some other letters that you can’t quite read but there are little squiggly lines above some of the letters and apostrophe things. It’s Spanish. Although you complain about immigrants and how you are tired of them, really you are the ones that are babying them. You tell them to adapt but really you are making it so that they don’t have to. You are the ones that are somewhat welcoming them. What do you have to say to that?