The series & assignment
This article is one in a series created by students in Mr. Alex Escamilla's journalism class at Southwest Community Campus. Students were asked to complete artwork and write an article regarding immigration issues in Grand Rapids, and America as a whole. Students worked with artist Reyna Garcia and Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities to complete artwork that best showed their views on immigration.
For more information on the project and those involved, click here.
All artwork will be displayed in an upcoming art show, open to the public.
Users may vote, comment, share, or tweet these articles up until the art show. The student whose article and artwork receives the most votes, comments, shares, and tweets will receive a special Rapidian award.
Other articles by the same author
- Where are the votes? updated
- In Season: July 25, 2015 updated
By: Daisy G.
Early morning of December 27, 2011, a young man named José was driving to his fiancé Israyh's house when suddenly a car crashed into him from behind, which changed his life in an instant.
He was about to begin community college in a few days, marry his fiancé and start a family leading a normal life. But his dreams were all shattered by a little accident.
He was detained in Calhoun County Jail for about two months simply because he has no legal documents.
January 11, 2012, José's court day finally arrived. His choices were limited, either pay a really high bail bill or do voluntary leave. The choice was clear. He chose voluntary leave knowing it was the best to do.
When the day came for his leave, you could see the fear in his eyes. He was being sent back to a place he didn't remember. To a place where his heart, mind and body did not recall. He wasn't being sent back home, but to an unknown destination. It was cruel and somewhat unfair.
They took the freedom of an innocent young man. Even though he knew he would not have a bright future, he would pull out somehow, leading a better life than most undocumented people.
Children of all ages, from the early months to the age of 15, come to this nation, without a choice, to learn and get a better education. But many are taken from their families at their most crucial moments.
This nation needs to chill out.
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