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Public not happy with government

This article is one in a series discussing immigration issues through artwork and words, through the eyes of a student.
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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.

By: Omar V.

It was around 4:30 p.m. when immigration broke into our neighbor's house. They detained the dad of the family, then they removed the mother from the home. Both parents were sent back to Guatemala.

A couple of weeks later, the mother wanted to come back to the United States, but her husband didn't want her to. So, sadly, she returned to the United States without her husband. Tragedy was just around the corner. While crossing the desert to get to the United States, she suffered a heart attack and died. If she wasn't deported, this never would have happened. Many people die crossing the desert to seek a better life.

Hispanics work very hard when they come here. They work just as hard as, or harder than, U.S. citizens. Many leave their families behind when they come to the U.S. Hispanics hope and pray the United States government will change current immigration laws.

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