By Melanie Mercado
Hunger: Hunger is the only adjective that can describe an immigrant’s reason for coming to the United States. Not only physical hunger but mental as well. Immigrants face many hardships and they are aware of them, which is why they’re still here. They fill in the positions of scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs, doctors, and many other roles that this country needs to survive. They work hard for these positions often times through obtaining an education.
According to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), studies have shown that in 2014 more than 10.5 million immigrants had a college degree or higher. Tustin High also has immigrant students with high hopes for their education after they graduate. In a recent interview, junior, Jair Martinez, was asked about his plans after high school. When asked if he wanted to go to college he said, “Yes, because I don’t want to have any kind of financial problems when it comes to my family’s well being.” This concern is one shared by many.
Watching your parents or family members struggle to keep their heads above financial waters is difficult, especially knowing that you can’t help them, at least, not until you turn sixteen. Another student was asked what he did after school and he responded, saying that he works to try and help his father out with rent and other expenses. Life here is a hustle and immigrants will continue to work hard to make it even if they have to go through hell first.
Immigrants have shaped the country and they will continue to do so no matter what the outcome of the presidential election is. If they can move mountains, cross oceans, dream, and most importantly give their blood, sweat, and tears to give their families the best life possible, then they can certainly deal with a wall or any other obstacle that anyone wants to throw at them.