Being a child of immigrant parents is not easy. You are constantly living in the fear that one day you’ll wake up and you parents won’t be there with you anymore. Specially now that we have a new president, things are getting more challenging. But don’t get me wrong, I live a happy life. I am proud to call myself a Latina. Being a child of immigrant parents has taught me so much. For example, being able to work hard for what you want. At school, I always strive to get A’s. My parent’s have taught me to never settle for anything less than a B. They know that in order for me to go to college and be successful, I not only have to get good grades but work hard to get there. I love a good challenge. Sometimes it’s not about the obstacles you face,
Segregated schools ended in 1954. At least that’s what students were told to believe. So many working class students have been affected in almost every aspect of their life, such as academically, mentally and emotionally. There no longer have to be two completely different types of schools for whites and for blacks, in order to see that segregation is still a huge part of the school system today. Economic segregation in schools has impacted many working class students in a very negative way. These students don’t get equal opportunities as those students attending elite schools. Authors Toni Cade Bambara and Jonathon Kozol have written vivid examples on how working class students have been impacted by segregation in school.
In Lives in Limbo, Gonzales argues how the borders of a nation-state affects the natives and the people migrating into the nation-state. Gonzales writes about a group of people known as generation one and half, also refer as the dreamers. These are those who moved away from their born nation-state to go to another and were too young to had a choice about where they will live. This generation adapts and grews as if they were born in the new nation-state. They, however, only have a cultural citizenship. A cultural citizenship is a metaphor for those who know how to fit in with the natives and how to deal with the bureaucracy. This shapes their identity to them being one of the natives, but they still remain without legal citizenship. Therefore, they cannot take advantage of all the privileges that legal citizens can such as getting a driver license or a passport in the United States. A result of this is that they fall into a liminal identity where they become to feel lost and some feel unwanted. This is what sets them apart. It reminds them that they are not a full citizen regardless of how much they blend in and feel as if they are. Their status of “illegality” overshadows all the other privileges and becomes their “master status.” With illegality being their status, it is more difficult for them to continue their education beyond high school, and if they managed to attend college, barriers still remain. They will still struggle to attain a high paying career, and a mortgage for a house. Even with age, they remain stuck in a liminality stage of
Education is one of the greatest tools for the young mind. Education, especially a college education, can provide a young person with incredible opportunities that can take them far in life. These immigrants feel as Americans and deserve the same education opportunity as any other American. “Undocumented students, they argue, often bring unique viewpoints and backgrounds to campus, excel academically and contribute to the economy after graduating,” (Fattal). These students bring fresh viewpoints into their school environment because of their experiences. As well as many students exceed the exceptions of their schools because they do not want to waste the opportunity that has been given to them. DACA immigrants want to be able to prove themselves as hardworking and what better way them to prove people they can do more. With working hard they show that they want to be treated as an equal. If they are working just as hard as any American why is it so hard to accept them? Why do Americans find it hard to see that they just want the same opportunities? In a survey conducted by the UC San Diego political-science professor Tom Wong for the left-leaning Center for American Progress it showed that “94 percent of respondents currently in school said the program allowed them to pursue ‘educational opportunities that [they]
The film Precious Knowledge is from the perspective of a group of students at Tuscan High School in Arizona. The school system wanted to increase graduation rates and was looking at different ways to do this. The school came to the conclusion that a Mexican- American studies class will increase the dropout rate from 48 percent. This class taught students about Mexican-American history and culture with a curriculum that can be related to social justice while thinking critically and socially conscious. The Governor of Arizona started to protest this class because of the books they were reading and some of the material that was being taught was considered to be promoting the overthrow of the US Government. He believed this class was anti-American. A bill was passed, where the class had to be cancelled or the school would lose 10 percent of their funding. This class shows oppression, different teaching styles and can be related to other historical and more recent events.
“Build the wall,” an anti-immigrant chant made popular by President-elect Donald Trump, was heard on the Texas A&M campus on Nov. 9, according to student Alejandra Luna. Texas A&M University is home to over 66,000 students. According to the Texas A&M University Accountability website, white students make up 58.05 percent
In the film Documented and The New York Times article “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant,” Jose Antonio Vargas describes his experience as an undocumented immigrant in the United States and provides a passionate argument for creating a pathway to citizenship for others like Vargas, who are undocumented as well. Although both the film and article give the viewers and readers an insight into Vargas’ difficult journey, a particular scene in the film sends an unspoken message about the United States as a whole. In Documented, the scene in which Jose Antonio Vargas attends a Mitt Romney campaign rally is detrimental to the immigration debate because it demonstrates the need for Americans to be educated about undocumented
Bill Gate, a co-founder of Microsoft, used to say, “Life is not fair. Get used to it.” He thinks people are unique and grow up in different environment, so some will have more advantage than other, but based on “From Report of the Massachusetts Board of Education, 1848,” Horace Mann, a Massachusetts legislature in 1827, had different view point as he believed everyone is equal. Mann was born in poverty, but through the hard working, he contributed incredible ideals to education; however, his myth might be not right in the future as his perception was come from his experience and study in nineteenth century, which is not suit with today society. For example, the wealth distribution of his time was different, and his education system was also
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” (Trump). I agree with the part that some of the criminals shall be deported. They know and understand what they are putting at risk when they decide something.
Not every immigrant get into the country using the legal means. There are those who get into the country on student visas and start working contrary to the visas they hold. There are others who get into the country illegally with no genuine United States visa. The immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 focusses on the matter of illegal immigration through placing major fines on the employers of those immigrants who hire them. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 allowed a number of barriers to immigration. The host family is only able accept an immigrant if it is accorded an income of about 125% of the poverty status. This Act additionally calls for the Immigration and Naturalization Service to ensure
With everyone having sociological imagination in everyone’s heads, they look at me as the fat kid who would just fail in school with bad friends who do drugs, marijuana, and drink alcohol. The 1 percent of the people would pretty much see my family as a poor family
Do you like immigration? Do you dislike immigration? How do you feel? But first, you may wonder, what is immigration? Immigration is a person who comes to the US from another country, usually someone who has permission to come in the US. Immigration can sometimes be good but also very bad. Today millions of immigrants are getting killed, beat up, or put in jail, for the color of their skin or what country they're from. The worst things you can think about is what’s happening to immigrants.
Hall narrates that young immigrants of today are always fragmented, puzzled, decentered and unbenefited ( 355). Immigrants after changing their identities remain puzzled and lost. They have lost their self in the process of shifting identities.
Illegal aliens who come to America all want one thing: a higher standard of living and liberty. But the real question is; who pays the price of allowing illegal aliens to bathe in the freedom that is America? Americans do not mind sharing the American dream with different nationalities but the swarm of people has put a strain on the working class. The real problem is whether or not to deport illegal aliens who are fleeing their countries due to poverty or legalize them and risk a lower standard of living for Americans. Illegal immigrants pose a far greater negative impact on the American economy and punish taxpayers.