Sergio Rosas

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Sergio Rosas

Los Angeles, CA

Question? Can a baby break the law? I’m guessing everyone says no, right? Go ahead and google it, and look it up. You’ll probably will find nothing about it. So why do people label me or anyone else a criminal then? Was it a crime for a baby to want to live on? Be it in the USA or anywhere else? I was brought here to this country way before I even knew I existed, and was raised here all of my life.

I grew up like everyone else, going to school, getting bullied, making “friends” and working on the question they always asked you in school; “What do you want to grow up to be”. Like most kids we had the same dreams in mind, being president was probably #1 or maybe a firefighter or a policeman. Yet you never know what life throws at you. I had my plans ready to go, would try to get into college as early as I could, work, keep studying, etc etc. My world shattered when I finally understood what I was labeled as.

Sure we had names in schools, four-eyes, stupid, maybe some racial ones too, but you just ignored them. Yet this label has been on me since before I understood the word: immigrant. Sure, I heard my mother say it once or twice but I never knew what it meant. This label has been the one that has kept me from being anything than “normal”. To be normal would be nice, bad enough i’m disliked by the “normal” people for being of brown pigment or from being of a type of people or other qualities people tend to blow out of proportion, but this label is one thing i’m not. I been here in this country my whole life, being molded to be what the system wants me to be and that’s exactly what I want to be.

I want to get a job that will help me be independent, meet people and maybe even find someone to live with, buy my mother a house for everything she has done and more. I don’t want to be like the people in this country slacking off, being a parasite to this country, living off welfare, etc etc. I want to be “normal” even if it’s for 10 mins while a car pops out of nowhere and runs me down and kills me, that would still be the best 10 mins of my life.

All I wanted to do in life was be a Graphic Designer, create stuff through the computer, work on games. I know what I am, I learn everything a “normal” american knows said the pledge of allegiance every time that I could even when the other students didn’t want to and I try to live a life without crime. Tired is the word I label myself, just too tired to live like this for the rest of my life, living like a roach doing what a roach does, staying alive and for what? To be stepped on one day and picked up and flushed down the toilet. I never asked for this and I wish things could have been set differently. If I do get caught and deported, why don’t you just send me to the moon while your at it? I never been in my “original” country and I don’t connect with anyone there. I wish I could just sleep for a thousands years and wake up in a future like Futurama, where you are put to work and you aren’t being mistreated for what you are or look like.

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