Dear future president,
My parents came into this country as immigrants from Mexico but didn’t get many opportunities. My parents had to live with my aunt because they didn’t have a social security number to apply for jobs, apartments, buy cars or drive. They couldn’t travel either. Their problems affected me growing up.
My parents both worked, my dad was a construction worker and my mom had a job for a while as a dishwasher, until she fell and couldn’t get a job. I was affected by this because I rarely saw my parents.
We had to go places on the bus because my parents didn’t have a driver’s license. My parents struggled with English. When we went to different places and there wasn’t anyone who spoke Spanish; I had to translate for them and I still do.
I became very independent with my homework as a child because my parents didn’t understand directions, or as I grew older, they couldn’t really help me because they didn’t finish high school. My mom didn’t finish her sophomore year, and my dad didn’t finish his senior year.
I ask you to help my parents and all Hispanic immigrants. Many people come to the United States to provide their children with a better life than the one they grew up with, like my parents. But how can you live a better life if you can’t even rent a home for your family without having a stable job, social security card, or even speak English?
I hope you realize this is not just a problem my family went through. I hope you can give them the opportunities to get a social security or help them get a better education. I believe you will make the right choice and help immigrants in the United States.
St. Genevieve High School
Los Angeles, Calif.