Greetings, fellow international students at the University of London. It is a pleasure to stand here in front of you, my fellow students. Some of you know me, some of you might have seen me in the hallways, and some of you have no idea of who I am. To the latter of you, hello, my name is Gustav Bjorn, and I would like to talk to you about illegal immigrants in the US.
First of all, let me ask you a question. What do you associate with an illegal immigrant in the US? - A person who doesn’t contribute to society? A person who drains America’s economy? A person who comes to steal our jobs? A person who commits crimes and creates problems?
Think about it, most of you Americans here today probably know an undocumented immigrant who contributes to society. Do they really deserve to be thrown out of the country like garbage?
Those of you who don’t know an undocumented immigrant or aren’t American, try and put yourself in an undocumented immigrant’s shoes. You have fled or moved to the land of hope to achieve the American dream.
You are contributing to American society by working hard every day. How would you feel if you one day got deported based on a wrong claim without evidence? I could go on and on about why undocumented immigrants shouldn’t be deported because it’s easier to talk about the problem than to solve it.
However, someone has gone into battle against this challenging problem. That man is none other than Barack Obama. As mentioned before, Barack Obama has forced through a reform whose objective is to make some illegal immigrants legal.
Notice I say some. This is because the reform contains certain criteria. You need to have been in the US for five years and or have children who are US citizens.