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December 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM

For many people, immigrating is the only choice

Reform immigration for those hoping to improve their lives

Immigration reform protesters gather outside the fence for the lighting of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, from the Colville National Forest, in northeast Washington State, during an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Immigration reform protesters gather outside the fence for the lighting of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, from the Colville National Forest, in northeast Washington State, during an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Ever since the 1800s, millions of people have been migrating to the United States to find their place in the world, to fit in and to improve their lives [“Reform immigration to fuel innovation,” Opinion, Nov. 30].

America has so much to offer individuals, and everyone wants to live here. With all the immigration laws and regulations that are set today, however, this dream of making a life for one’s self in America is suffocated.

No longer are immigrants necessarily welcomed into America. Instead, they are kept out. Bigger fences are built around the borders and stricter regulations are set to keep people out of America.

What about the fact that America was originally built by immigrants and individuals looking to start a new life? What about the people who are stuck in poverty or fleeing their homeland?

Since it is extremely difficult as of now to become a legal citizen of the United States, many individuals and families are forced to sneak across the border, and therefore become “illegal immigrants.” It may be looked upon as an illegal act, but for many people it is their only choice.

Something needs to be done in order to help the innocent people who are just hoping to improve their lives.

— Julia Fleming, Seattle

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