Growing up, my parents – who were both immigrants from Ghana, West Africa, would tell me stories of the hardship they faced in order to come to the United States. When my mother was 18, her father, who was wealthy, tragically passed away, leaving the family with nothing. She told me about how her family, along with several other relatives, were forced to live in a small kitchen that was eventually converted into living quarters for everyone.
With not much of a chance for growth or survival, my mother decided to make a drastic decision and sell everything she owned. She had a dream of creating a new life in the United States. Not knowing anyone in America, my mother decided to use all the money she had to purchase two plane tickets to England. At least there, she already had several friends who could help her start over.
With great determination, my mother immediately began taking steps of action and applied for a work visa. She was willing to work hard and took jobs as a home health aide and a sandwich maker in a factory in order to make ends meet. My mother was very frugal in her decisions and saved a considerable amount of money so she could eventually reach her final destination – the United States of America.
I was born in the United States on October 1st, 1989 and the middle child as a first-generation American. Three years later my parents bought their first home in Paterson, NJ, where we lived for the next twenty-four years. During that time my mother continued to work diligently to help her family back in Ghana so as to give them the same opportunity that we had. She worked to legally sponsor and bring 14 of our relatives into the United States. Out of all of our relatives she is the only one that had a dream bigger than the rest and sacrificed so much to make it come true. Due to her tireless efforts their lives have been changed for the better and have also been granted the opportunity to become proud citizens of this great country.
My mother continually inspires me and is a big driving force as to why I support President Trump in making immigration a merit-based system that allows people who enter our country legally, the opportunity to integrate, assimilate, and pursue the American dream. Seeing people skip the line and illegally sneak into our country is not just a disrespect to my mother, but a disrespect to all the other legal immigrants that have worked hard and made sacrifices to be granted the honor of becoming an American. I believe we must do away with the visa lotteries, while making the system more streamlined and fairer. Being an American citizen is not a right, it is a privilege, and one that must be earned based on the merit of your efforts and the passion to become a productive member of society.
I also understand that there are Children that have come into this country illegally due to no fault of their of their own. Children that came into the USA at the age of 12 or younger that illigeally immigrated into the united states prior to December 25, 2019 and are currently living in the United States should be granted amnesty under the condition that they cannot sponsor anyone into the United States even if they’ve married an American Citizen.
The immigration status of the child is not their fault and although amnesty should be granted they should not be able to reward their parents that illegally immigrated into the United States with chain migration.
In order to accomplish this, we need to secure our border first. Next we need to hire more judges to process the illegals currently within the united states. Once we are able to secure our border and process the existing dreamers we will be able to streamline the immigration process for those who have waited in line to enter the United States through the appropriate channels.