This I Believe

Orlando - Seattle, Washington
Entered on February 13, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: immigrant
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We aren’t so bad

American people don’t know the pain Hispanics go through, the dedication they show for the people they care for, and their belief in the American dream. One of the reasons that they cross the border is to give their children a better education, better clothes, toys, food and especially a good life, not a poor life. Hispanics come to the U.S. to make money to survive in this cruel world. Not all undocumented immigrants should be deported back to Mexico

I believe Hispanics work so hard out in the cold, in the hot sun, even out in the snow. They work hard even when they are sick, when they are not feeling good, just to make money and survive in this cruel world. For example my dad, would go to work from 7:30am to 9:00pm even if it was raining, or sunny, or snowing. He would get hurt, would get cut, would even get fevers, and would come home shivering, all wet. Sometimes he couldn’t walk. Seattle is always raining so he had no choice, but to go work. He would do all that in order to buy clothes for us, school supplies, and especially to put food on the table.

My mom would cry a lot seeing my dad in that situation. He suffered all that so that we could get the education he wasn’t able to get when he was little. This is probably the saddest experience that happened to my family. All Hispanic parents want for their children is a better life; they want their children to be someone important in their lives. Some parents get so happy when their kids graduate from high school because they know that they can now be someone important, they know their children have achieved their goal.

I don’t understand why white people want to get rid of Hispanics especially Mexicans. Why do they have to call every Hispanic they see on the streets Mexican? When they don’t know that they could be from Honduras, Cuba, Guatemala, or somewhere else? Not all (Latinos) are Mexicans; some are also Chicanos. The difference between a Chicano and a Mexican is that a Chicano is born in The U.S. and a Mexican is born in Mexico. So that’s why they are known as Chicanos. Why don’t they take the time to get to know some Mexicans and see for themselves that not all immigrants are cruel or criminals? I think that if every immigrant that crossed the border crossed it to kill, kidnap, or steal from other people they would’ve done it a long time ago. Also I don’t think that they went through all that trouble just to get deported and loose everything they achieved so far.

Why won’t Americans give immigrants just one chance to prove them they aren’t bad people, that they are hard working people like everyone else? I don’t hate white people; I just don’t understand why they hate Mexicans so bad? This I believe that Mexicans aren’t criminals, job stealers like they all think. That they are actually good people… that Mexican immigrants make the United States a better place and should be welcomed, not persecuted.