An Immigrant’s Looking-glass for the American

Having a desire for better opportunities so that the immigrant’s children will get a better education, working and making little money, whose only solution to getting out of poverty or violence is to seek safety in another country but only to come to the U.S, and discover that it has its fair share of prejudices and inequalities, who judge others by their clothing, their accent, and their lack of economic standing.

Now I ask if you really believe that degradation for immigrants has long past the dark ages of America? And if so, why are immigrants still being denied affordable health care for their well-being? Why do most immigrants come from low-income backgrounds? Why is it difficult for undocumented students to afford college? Let me turn your attention to the mother who burns her hand while cooking and spends a week in bed sobbing because the blinding pain is not serious enough for her to afford medical help. The daughter who is forced to go to the community college despite the fact that she has a high GPA. The father who works long hours just to be able to provide food for his family for the week.

It may be ignorance that enables you to support this mad man and say that all immigrants are taking away our jobs. Now if these people [the immigrants] are taking away your jobs, who do you expect to work in farms, rural areas?

I know that many [Trump supporters] say that a wall will keep the immigrants out, perhaps the majority of our problems are not due to immigrants. I would ask what evidence do you have that the majority of immigrants are criminals?

I would ask you if you would like to be denied the ability to work [unless you have DACA], to travel outside the U.S, to be labeled as an “illegal alien” on your citizenship papers. Listen to the government address you as “illegal alien” when you know you are a human being. Be separated from your family. Work minimum wage and get no workers health insurance. We have hopes, dreams, goals and build relationships. Immigrants can donate organs but not receive organ transplants.

America is not the land of the free. It’s the land of the free for only certain people. Although undocumented people pay taxes and contribute to the U.S economy, they don’t get to benefit from the same opportunities as U.S citizens. DACA enables us to become contestants and participate in the game of Who Wants to be an American?

Others say immigrants need to adapt to the English language, why be in America if they can’t speak English? When you plan to go to another land, do you learn to speak the native language beforehand? In other countries, the average person speaks five languages. We need to embrace diversity!

 

Dear Fellow Readers,

Although there are many groups that are still being discriminated against today, I decide to focus on immigration, being an undocumented student and child of immigrant parents. I wanted to speak up about the issues that immigrants face such as unaffordable health care and low-paying jobs. America is not an easy place to live in especially during this political climate.

My parody mimics the writing style of William Apess, “An Indian’s Looking-glass for the white men” whose sentences vary from run-ons to two sentence long paragraphs. I appreciated how William Apess wrote his piece to criticize how Indians were discriminated against the white men. I chose to do a parody of William Apess because I felt most connected to his reading more than any other reading we’ve done in this class. I found his words to be the most powerful device in his writing. I used rhetorical devices in my creative writing project to make the reader understand how immigrants are being discriminated against. I attempted to mimic William Apess’s orational style and address the reader by using second person narrative. The form is important because it creates an active voice that opens your eyes to become aware of what inequalities immigrants face.

The tone also shifts in the second paragraph beginning with “Now I ask”  to convey the bitterness and inflammatory towards the discrimination that immigrants are still facing. I also describe a rhetorical situation in the fifth paragraph to make the U.S citizen or Trump supporter imagine what struggles immigrants go through in everyday life and what basic human needs they are denied such as the ability to work in order to survive and be able to support themselves.

-Ana Diaz-Galvan

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