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Ripped off dream

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: Manuel L.

Many children cross the border every year. They seek the opportunity to reach their dreams. They want to acquire a job such as an engineer, lawyer or doctor.

But so many immigrants are deported each year. And many of them are children. Their dreams are shattered, opportunities destroyed and their life is doomed. There is one thing that's assured; they'll never have the opportunity ever again.

When a family with kids crosses the border, they don't think of just laying in bed, like a couch potato. They seek the wondrous chances the U.S. gives. They go through hardships, but they raise their children with care and affection. The children scamper around not aware of what will happen in the future.

Finally they're caught; the officers realize that the family doesn't have any documents which say they are U.S. citizens. They send the poor family back to their homeland. They know that the opportunity that had is now wasted. But the child is the most heartbroken; he knows there won't be as many chances in Mexico as in this country. All those years have gone to waste.

Once caught, many dreams lost.

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