September 8, 2013
“The truth is, immigrants tend to be more American than the people born here.” –Chuck Palahniuk Being American is about more than just your racial background or heritage. It is about how hard are you willing to work, to fight for your goals and dreams. Americans nowadays have become self-assured and lazy, unwilling to work hard while just assuming that their goals and dreams will come true. Immigrants on the other hand realize that they will not be given anything, and have to fight to establish a livelihood in America, but once they do they can easily become complacent as well. “Illegal immigrants” however can never become complacent, because they are not even citizens, and therefore will always have to work hard. In this sense Chuck Palahniuk is right, as immigrants, especially “illegal immigrants” really are more American than those already here because they fully embody the hard-working spirit that built America. So although they may be “illegal immigrants”, the people in the photo, and “illegal immigrants” in general are just as entitled to the American Dream as anyone else.
It can be concluded from the sign “We are Not Criminals!” that the people in the photo are illegal immigrants. But like the sign says, they are not actually criminals, as their only “crime” is pursuing the American Dream. People have been pursing the American Dream for hundreds of years, and the pursuit of the American Dream is what built the foundation of this great nation. Although it is technically illegal for people to immigrate here without proper documentation, who are we to deny those who are looking for a better future for themselves and the kin? Instead of being afraid that illegal immigrants will take our jobs and our livelihood, why don’t we use it inspire us to work just as hard, and improve our nation even more? It could be argued that “illegal immigrants” are not the criminals for wanting a better...
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