My name is Min Yoon, a 6th grader from Torrance, California. Right now, immigration reform is a growing issue in America. This event in DC is a huge step to express our concern about this issue. I don’t think it really matters what age, gender, or race you are, but as long as you’re trying to seek for a better society, it shouldn’t matter. As a young student with immigrants as parents, I once tried to get people to sign a petition to let an undocumented family stay in this country. Especially for the two undocumented students, this was the only place they’ve lived their entire lives, but were about to be forced to leave, just because they were born somewhere else. It’s a bit scary if you think about it. If you don’t think so, then picture yourself living in exile, hoping that nobody recognizes you, feeling like a nobody, just because some people thought you were……. different? Even some of my own friends experience this. We need a permanent solution to help not only the DREAMers, but all the immigrants to have the opportunity to fully contribute to our country. When I think about this country, I think about all the immigrants who have to go through many hardships. I want to at least think of my own country as a country that’s been through a number of hardships, but flourished in the end by passing the immigration reform.
Our youngest participants have something to say too when it comes to immigration. Like Lucy, 12, from Los Angeles, California. She says:
I am going to Washington, DC in June to protest for Immigration reform because Congress is doing some things that I don’t like! It is a bad idea to take away invitations (her word for family petitions) because that’s basically cutting off your family, in a sense. Without them, it will be hard to get to see your family in another country because its hard to visit far away places. For example, my favorite cousin lives in Korea, but I’ve only seen him once in my life. But he’s still my favorite! Communicating by electronic devices just isn’t the same. Taking away invitations is wrong, because its a right that we Americans have had for a long time.
Children can definitely make a difference in the world. Even if children aren’t as old as adults, they can still trigger a movement that changes the world. It’s not only adults! It’s just that many people believe children aren’t mature and won’t care what they say. If I met a Congressman or woman I would tell them that what they are doing isn’t right. It’s not fair to countless Americans with loved ones in other countries.
Join Lucy to tell Congress to preserve the family via program and to pass immigration reform this year! http://ow.ly/lvmBC
Keish from Roswell, GA, says “I will stand with hundreds of families in DC on June 5 to reiterate to our legislators, we need an inclusive humane immigration reform now!” Even if you can’t physically be in DC, your voice still matters. Submit a letter and we’ll carry them to Congress! http://bit.ly/nakasecdearcongress