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Angelica Guerrero 8/1/11 The Immigration Reform In the Unites States, legislators have periodically tried to pass a law regarding immigration, more specifically against Hispanic immigrants. Recently states within the United States have made new immigration reform laws and they have been ruled constitutional by a federal judge. In my mind this reform is unconstitutional and unfair. It violates our basic human right and our civil rights. It is incorrect for a law enforcer to stop or detain some people because of the way they look. Our parents taught us to treat others as we would like to be treated. This new reform is just an excuse to discriminate and stereotype an entire race. In my opinion, some of the legislators need to take time from their busy schedules and read the Constitution; after all, they are sworn to act by it. The reform doesn’t only affect immigrants, but it also effects the economy, agriculture in Georgia, as well as the American citizens. The reform is unfair to the immigrants. The only thing they desire is a place to work, somewhere they can be productive and put all their knowledge and hard effort to good use. They don’t mean any harm by coming to the United States to look for a better life where they can be free and work as hard as they possibly can and want. Yes, they should try to enter this Country legally and have their papers in order. But sometimes some government employees and even people who don’t work for the government make it seem impossible for an illegal alien to try to begin the process of getting a green card, and when they gather the courage to invest their money in applying for legal residency, they get turned down so fast, and their dreams are completely destroyed. The new law is an excuse for non-Hispanics to discriminate more openly against Hispanics. Why is it so hard for others to treat their peers equally? We are all the same under God’s eyes, for he made us all equal. There is so much discrimination here, and some people decide to make it impossible for immigrants to become legal aliens. Some Caucasians and also some Hispanics who have lived in this country for so long they consider themselves Caucasians, honestly think we are here wrongfully and that we are taking their land when in reality we are all occupying Native American land. If they believe we don’t belong here, then neither do they. While some American citizens don’t discriminate and could care less about another person’s aspect, race, ethnicity, or nationality; others act is if they fear this group of people could cause them great harm. All immigrants want is to work. They won’t mess with ordinary citizens. They are the ones who build our houses and pick our crops. I mean really, when are we going to actually going to get up before the sun rises and go out to the fields to pick crops all day? When I say all day, I mean from sunrise to sundown. During the summer the heat is excruciating, and the days are long. The sun may come out at 7 in the morning and not go down until 8 p. m. This reform is also a violation of our human and civil rights. It is incorrect to treat some people like animals just because they are here illegally; they are still human beings. A law enforcer shouldn’t be able to detain brown-skinned people just because of their aspect, or because they may suspect the person is in the country illegally. If a police officer decides to detain me because he may think I am an illegal alien, how am I going to prove to him that I am actually an American citizen? I don’t carry my birth certificate, passport or Identification card with me everywhere I go. Am I supposed to have a label or sign somewhere on my body that says I am an American citizen, and if you don’t believe me, check the birth record in California from November 25, 1992? Or check my finger prints? I know this is just my opinion, but some legislators really do need to rethink and read everything they write in the bills. Do they not have enough sense inside them? Or are they just that unhappy with their lives that they want to make others feel miserable in their lives as well? In Georgia this immigration reform is called HB 87. What people that support this bill refuse to realize is that this state needs the immigrants to do well economically and agriculturally. Georgia is an agricultural state and therefore depends on the hard labor of the immigrants in the fields. Like I said previously, we are not going to get up before sunrise and work on the fields until sundown. Some of us are simply too lazy to do all that work, and if we actually do the work of an immigrant we complain all day. There is actually a movie that came out several years ago called A Day Without A Mexican. This movie somewhat relates to what would happen if the immigrant population disappeared from the United States. It may be that I take this bill too personally because it affects my race and ethnicity, but I will stand up for what I believe and voice my opinion whenever it is possible for to do it. If people did not stand up for what they believed, where would this world be? What has this country come to? I had honestly always believed that it truly was “the melting pot”. What happened to this country motto, “E Pluribus Unum”, “Out of many, one”? Have we forgotten how to be one big family, sharing the same land and becoming a united nation?
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