In the first half of the 1900s, many African Americans left the South for big cities in the North. I think they were looking to be freer, not to be played so hard or to be discriminated against because of their race because they were poor. They wanted a better life.

The people of my country have had an illusion for years that New York is the life that the person deserves. They think that here they will not have a problem that everyone will have and those who cannot legally come to seek a way, coming illegally through Mexico. They do whatever it takes to immigrate to this country. My dream is to be a better person to go far in studies and in sports, In my country is very difficult to achieve what I can achieve here with dedication and effort.

The reality is that what is said about New York that there are many opportunities is a reality, but not everyone can bear that pace of life because if they don’t work, they won’t have the benefits. You have to get up every day even if you don’t want to. It’s your duty to get up because you have to pay for your things and if you don’t work hard, you stay on the street. Here, you can achieve many things but you have to work hard to achieve them. It’s not easy like the people in my country think: it is hard but it is a reality.

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