The United States is often called a melting pot. I have been following-up the news about the Arizona Immigration Bill that has been signed into the law by the governor. I don’t want to be biased on this issue, but I would like to speak as a foreign student with a student visa. I’m eligible to stay here and study. My dream is to return back to motherland and help uplift my country with my western education combined with my African cultural values.
Now there is a battle against the people who are helping Arizona to be among the developed states in America. They are often called “illegal immigrants” but I challenge this phraseology, as they too work hard in developing the states’ economy. Arizona people, are you ready to carry your own garbage? Will you not need them for your house to be neat and clean? Will you not need them to serve you in the restaurants? Do you think they have no good to offer? Will you not need them to be in your farm? Are they not also human beings who deserve to be treated with respect? Do we always appreciate what they bring to Arizona? The people of Arizona, I would like to remind you to think twice on that Immigration Bill. Please guys don’t turn Arizona into Apartheid that can be compared to South Africa in the 90’s. It will be inhumane for the police to stop someone on the road because they have an African accent or because they are not white and thats means they might be illegal. Why are you trying to create rebellion between the police and the public? This law will not go well and it will not be received well by the open-minded people–this will only encourage racial profiling and hatred.
Please Governor Jen Brewer, I hope you can revoke the Bill. It’s not too late. We have all made mistakes, but repeating a mistake is a disaster. I’m advising you to give the Bill a second thought. There are many ways that can solve the immigration issue. You can’t do it alone, you also need the support of the Mexican people. Both two countries can come up with a long term solution.
The United States has forgotten its glory. It was once the only country in the world that opened its door to the immigrants. America has gained more from the immigrants that what it has lost. The United States have enjoyed the glory of being the super power and its because different people from different places contributed to its success.
I have a simple question to ask. What would have happened if your great grandparents from Europe were denied access to enter United States? What could have happened if the police were searching for them because they can’t speak English and they look different from the American Indians? Do you think you could be where you are now? So, why do we deny immigrants who come to the United States a better future, just as your great grandparents had that chance.
They are not taking your jobs, they are doing the jobs that you guys don’t want to do. They don’t have the same education as many Americans, they can’t compete in the market. So what is the real problem? They just want to have a better future for their children, just the same way your great grand parents worked hard in America for you to have a better life.
I have been in America for two years now, and I believe America can’t function without the immigrants. They are the back-bone of the economy. I have not used the word “illegal” because I believe its a term used to undermine other people. No one is illegal and no one is legal, we are all human beings. We all need each other for the universe to function.
I’ll conclude that if the term” illegal” exists then all people in the United States are illegal because the land belong to the “American Indians.” The United States has the best president that the world has ever imagined, I say best compared to others. I hope you all know that President Obama’s father came from Kenya. We come from the same community with him. We share the ethnic community which is known as Luo. And thats why I share the letter” O” with Mr. President.
Lets all think where we came from before making any major decision in our lives.