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Vanessa Mbonu English 1000C September 14, 2011 Professor Sean Murray

This I Believe I believe the American society is blinded by its own hypocrisy. Every year, thousands of immigrants from all over the world come to America in pursuit of the American Dream. Upon arrival, they are met with laws, fees, and procedures that hinder them from the pursuit of their happiness. All of this is understandable, after all, the American economy is suffering and such laws and fees are meant to subsidize the cost of supporting immigrants in America. But as a first generation immigrant, I can honestly say that no matter how many years an immigrant spends here, how much money, and how much education they attain, they will always have the sense of not belonging. Seven years ago when I was in the 6th grade, one of my fellow classmates said to me, “You know, since your from Africa you have a lot of germs. You need to be careful so you don’t give us any diseases, especially AIDS.” I was dumbstruck, I couldn’t believe someone so young could be so crude and insensitive. I let that go on the basis that she was just an ignorant little girl, and it was my fault for having an accent and making it obvious I wasn’t from here. However, six years

which sounds like it could be English. but I was turned away at the blood drive. I was once again reminded of how much of an outside I am. I understand that they have to take safety precautions. I had applied for the same job twice with my legal name and was immediately turned down. which is English. My Hispanic friends in particular complain about being harshly stereotyped to the point that it begins to affect their selfesteem. All three applications had the same information with the exception of the names. Worse still. I know for a fact that I am not the only immigrant with this issue. but I think it’s a bit ridiculous to eliminate an entire race from giving blood. Such laws are going against the very foundation and establishment of this country. If America is meant to be a place of opportunity. when there are millions of people in need of it. The straw that broke the camels back was when I applied for my summer job. I was offered the job the next day under my fake name. Many of my friends who are also immigrants complain about being treated as inferiors. I was told that since I wasn’t born here.later during my senior year of high school. A couple of friends and I had signed up to donate blood. and my mother’s maiden name. I couldn’t give blood. Anti-immigration laws such as the one recently passed in Arizona are degrading and insulting. the land of the free and the home of the . people from my country or people who had parents that were born in my country couldn’t give blood. I then applied using my middle name.

then it should make sure all of its inhabitants have equal opportunities.brave. . and that its people should be brave enough to accept others that are different. that people should be free to walk out of their houses without being stopped and searched for proof of legality.

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