by D. M., 13

What if we all were legal to this state?  Everybody’s lives would change. Many people wouldn’t be afraid to go out and explore the world. They could find jobs,  go to school, and get their licences. They could go out anywhere without being judged. They could travel without being afraid to get deported. They could experience new things, meet new people that won’t judge them because of where they come from.

We are all equal, we all deserve equal rights, no matter what. The judgment of culture, skin color, religion, etc.—all of that should be gone. It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, Muslim, Hispanic, everybody’s the same. It doesn’t matter if your religion is Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, wealthy. You should be proud of where you come from.

I couldn’t be more proud to be born as a Latina. I didn’t ask to be born this way, but I am lucky to be who I am.


 Red Bank, New Jersey