Rejected by the Book’s Cover by Alma Obregon c/o 14

Being rejected by the cover of the book, instead of what is on the inside. Have you ever felt or been rejected like that?

“It made me feel less than a human being, the fact that a document is what separates me and other people from the same opportunity. Meeting all the requirements, yet falling short by only one predicament, is a dream crushing feeling. I came to America at the age of 4, I pledged allegiance to the flag, like any other person in this country. When an amazing opportunity came upon me, giving me the right to work or to have a job, my heart became so full of joy. When I decided to follow my dream of serving my country, I had nothing to stop me but one thing. “A piece of paper,” said Luis C. Silva, a 19 year-old San Jacinto College student.

On January 28, 2013 there was an announcement that would change many young men in the United States’ lives: “We believe this will be the year Congress finally gets it done. The politics on this issue have been turned upside down. For the first time ever, there`s more political risk in opposing immigration reform than in supporting it,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D) New York. He is one of eight Senators, four Democrats and four Republicans, who announced an immigration reform plan on January 28, 2013.

On January 29, 2013, President Obama responded to the Senators saying that he agrees with the immigration reform. He said that it was a top priority for this second term, and he thinks the time is right to overhaul the current immigration system.

The United States is made up of immigrants, it’s known as the country of “opened doors”. Now, what’s happening is that, many doors are being closed. Let’s open them back up and show that we are a country of opportunities. Let’s not reject young immigrants by the cover of the book, but by what is inside because that is what really counts.


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