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Land That I Love

This nation built by the people from all over the world, called immigrants.

It is not too much to say that America is one of the most desired places for people, particularly immigrants, to come and live. After all, this country has been well-known as the land of milk and honey, the freedom and such. But of course, just like anything in the world, freedom is not free. It has a pricetag.

There has recently been quite a discussion among the immigrants, the Senate and Congress across the US as far as immigration law is concerned. There is a need for a total revamp. But while it is being discussed, is there a need for a total deportation as well?

For a global city such as New York City, there are plenty of reasons why we need other people to help our ways out in lives. This of course includes the Sikh that delivers my New York Post every morning. Or the Ecuadorian cook at the delicatessen nearby work where I get my breakfast on the go. How about the Korean lady who makes me Udon for lunch? Also the Mexican delivery person who delivers my meals either rain or shine. Not to mention, the Chinese chef who makes the best Lo Mein in my area.

Just within a day, most of us need to deal with people outside of our own race, in this case -- immigrants, if not the same. Granted some of us may have a tendency to be more prejudice against certain race, we still need them -- we need one another.

Immigration has been quite an issue in the US. True, the illegal immigrants are issues in this country. However, these very same immigrants have built our country's great economy. They pay taxes just like any other Americans. They have children -- the US citizens. After all, countries in the world are comprised of immigrants -- people who decided to leave their birth country to live in another country and settle down there as their permanent residence.

That being said, there should be an equal opportunity for all the immigrants, regardless of their legal status. Then again just like anything in life, there are pros and cons to each approach. For those who believe that the immigrants take aways jobs from them, will always have a hard time to accept the existence of immigrants in this country. Meanwhile, for those who are all along aware of the importance of immigrants, in a workforce as well as society, will most likely support the decision for Un Dia Sin Immigrantes or A Day Without Immigrants -- a boycott to be set on Monday, May 1st, 2006.

The discussion continues...

“From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America
My home sweet home.”

—God Bless America - National Anthem