Melissa

Melissa

Stamford, CT

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free; The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, Tempest-tossed to me I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

These are the words on the Statue of Liberty welcoming the immigrants of the world to the Super Power of the world. America is the light of the world, it is that very title that makes people want to come here and give opportunities to their kids or themselves to create a better life.

My family came here 15 years ago after constantly being denied, and after working like burros or donkeys, we made a place for ourselves with relatives who came before us. Fast forward 15 years later and I’m a senior in High School with a passion for the Law, very ironically.

I can’t afford a state college and might just go to my local community college. Currently I’m an AP student and I’m applying for Scholarships and I work 25 hours a week and I’ve just recently completed an internship. I’m hoping all of this hard work will pay off but what would really lift up this burden for me, and for all of the undocumented students that strive for a better future, is the DREAM ACT. I pray for it every day.

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