29 March 2015
Immigration: The good, the bad and the ugly.
Immigration is very important to me because it hits so close to home. Till this day I can remember the first time I found out how my dad came into America. I was an adult when he told me his whole illegal journey. I was so surprised, actually very proud of my dad and everything he went through to get here. See, the whole concept behind immigration, they make it seem so bad but in actuality these people just want to make a better life. I’ve always understood immigration as coming into another country without valid documentation, and trying to hide from something back in their country. But it’s not, not anything close to that idea. Yes, coming into another country without valid documentation is bad but what are these people actually trying to do?
After spending some time researching immigration I came across a lot of opinions, some positive and some negative. Mostly negative comments but that’s what I already assumed before reading everyone’s point of view. When my dad told all the reasons why he came to America, it sounded so crazy to me. I remember thinking to myself, how someone could be so brave to leave everything behind because they have a simple plan. No money, no English and no actual place of destination. He told me his older brother always told him about how great it would be to live in America, the land of the free they called it. They lived in the poorest area of Ecuador and it was just a dead end city to them. Children weren’t forced to go to school, and they were often held back to stay at home with their mother to help with daily “men” tasks. My dad’s mom had eight kids by three different men. My dad was never too proud to tell anyone that but he always told me the truth about everything. This way I could learn from it. From those eight kids he only had one real brother. His name was Franklin and he escaped to Mexico when he was 14 years...
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