Friday, January 27, 2012

3 A.M. Wake Up Call

What would you do to get a good education? Mexican-Americans who live in Tijuana have to wake up at 3 a.m. to walk several miles and wait in line to cross an international border just to go to school. They go to school in Chula Vista, California. These students are not immigrants. They are American citizens, legally crossing the border to get an education. Some of these kids do have to stay under the radar because they are not residents of the school districts they attend. The children live in Tijuana because their parents have been deported from the U.S. or have chosen to leave the states. Some people believe that these children are contributing to America's greatness, but some believe they are stealing from it. A lot of people do not agree with this and do not think these children should be allowed to cross the border and attend American schools.
The author of this article, Andrew Rosenthal, believe that America and its citizens should embrace the situation. Rosenthal says, "When our laws needlessly divide families and discourage beneficial migration, they drain the ambition and energy that are America’s constantly renewable resource." Rosenthal believes that we, as Americans, are fighting the battle of immigration in the worst way possible. Rosenthal finishes his editorial saying, "While our laws and policies focus heavily on punishing first-generation illegal immigrants, we forget that it is in our vital interest to make sure their American children and grandchildren succeed." This proves that Rosenthal thinks we need to focus on these citizens because they are our future. 

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  1. I agree with Rosenthal, the children of illegal immigrants don't deserve our discrimination and have a right to go to school here. We will give them a better chance at an education. Nice post.

  2. Honestly, I am not so sure of my stand on this issue. It might make me cold but I think that an American education should be for American citizens. If they want to live here and dedicate their lives to America, fine. But I just don't think I can support people traveling to america just to gain an education. I don't know.