I really enjoyed how you talked about a difficult topic with the use of statistics instead of many different personal stories. While personal stories are always a great way to talk about a topic the use of statistics was a wonderful way to add detail and evidence to the Black Lives Matter movement. For next time try to remember to identify…[Read more]
Immigration and refuge have always been part of America’s history. There is not a person in the US that does not have an immigration story somewhere within their family history. For some, it may be a g
I really enjoyed reading your paper. I especially found it very appalling and interesting to read. It really liked how it gave me a new perspective on how we are handling immigration. I think it’s awful how people are treating immigrants who are just trying to get to safety in the USA and instead are being treated probably just as bad as they are forced out or wait to come in to the United States. One thing you did that really stood out to me was the way you said the line on the Statue Liberty has changed in the course of recent actions. I found it very profound when you said stated, “keep your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore” (To Leave or Not to Leave). I agree with you that we are handling this immigration thing very poorly. Just because these people come from a different place to America, doesn’t mean they need to be treated like they are less than nothing. What do you think we need to do our immigration system in order to make it better for immigrants waiting to be let in and people already living here in the USA? Thank you for sharing your work and well done.
I am Jihan responding to your ‘To leave or not to leave’ because I really enjoyed the read and have some of my own opinions as well. One thing that really stuck out to me was when you took what was inscribed on state of liberty and reworded it into something that relates to our current situation: “The American Dream now is ‘keep your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” I very much agree on your thought of our immigration problem. You used popular thinking–illegal immigrants are bad–and then used that to state what was going wrong. I myself don’t agree with illegal immigrants, however, when one places more limitations of legal immigration, it would most likely be a given that illegal immigration would increase. Some questions I have for you would be What do you think we should do about the immigration problem? What are your thoughts on the illegal immigrants already living in the US, and how should we handle them? I really enjoyed reading this and I commend your work.
I found your paper very interesting. It is crazy to think that even now things like back in the holocaust are happening now without anyone noticing. I can’t believe things have gotten this bad and we are letting it go! I agree with you that things are being handled very, very poorly. These people are trying to escape bad conditions by coming to the US but then are put into just as bad, if not worse, conditions and are being separated from their families. I believe they should be treated like anyone else. They are people too and deserve to be treated and tried fairly. I do believe they should have a background check before coming in but it needs to be handled better! They need to stay in a nice place with their families and be fed and taken care of while the legals are being taken care of. They should not be kept in these terrifying prison like cells. We need to treat them better, treat them like humans, not animals. Thank you for sharing your work and ideas!
My name is Amaia Horyna and I am a senior at Judge Memorial High School in Utah. I absolutely love this piece. I can tell this is a topic that you are extremely passionate about and that you are very knowledgable about this topic. I too am disgusted with how the United States has handled immigration in recent years and years past. Adding the quote that is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty was so powerful and really made me aware of how far our nation has strayed from its founding values. The detainment centers at the border make me sick and I so desperately want change in the future. The treatment of immigrants in these border camps is extremely concerning. Concentration camp is defined as, “a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities, sometimes to provide forced labor or to await mass execution.” (https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/concentration_camp) According to this definition, these border camps are a type of concentration camp although we have not yet turned to forced labor or mass extinction. Have you been keeping up on the death of Carlos Hernandez Vasquez? If not, I have attached a link explaining the situation. https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/concentration_camp He is the the seventh child to die within the past year in the border camps. I would love to hear more from you about this topic and potential solutions to the situation!
I really like when you said “Americans look at people with mental illness as less because they have to take medications to be ‘normal'”. I liked this because having to take medications to seem normal hits close to home for me. I know what it is like be belittled by those around me for my mental illness. While my illness is not as severe…[Read more]
To be American is to take part in your country, it is to support your country even when some may fight against it. Our culture is based on many others that came before ours. We incorporated a little from the
When talking about rape culture I like how you are very blunt about what is actually happening. To many people these days are turning their heads on the subject because “It will never happen to them”, but your statistics show that rape and assault happen more often than we choose to believe. Like you said, few people choose to speak out…[Read more]
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