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To My Fellow Immigrants, I'm With You

Everyone deserves a chance.


Throughout a recent course that I took in college, I have come to learn a lot about Latin America and all the struggles its people have gone through to be where they are now. The most important issue to me that we went over was Immigration between Central America and the United States. This is near and dear to me because I am a first generation Mexican American and fortunately the first in my family to attend college. I am very grateful for my parents and all the hardships that they have gone through to get me and our family to the point where we are now.

The main point throughout this unit in class that bothered me was how ignorant people can be towards the difficulties that others may be passing through. Many people often don't think about is what the people who are immigrating have to go through. They don't just decide to randomly get up and leave one day because they feel like it. So many things are factored into their decision, such as poverty, violence, safety, and family is why most people migrate to the United States or from one place to another. Most people are against illegal immigration because(at least this is what I believe) they don't understand the long and difficult process of migrating legally or the extreme necessity of having to escape your home country for another country in which so many opportunities are available. People don't leave their home countries because they want to, they do it because they need to.

The way that undocumented immigrants are treated is dehumanizing. They are shoved in warehouses with no clothing, little food, and into small spaces with large amounts of people. They are treated like animals, no one should be treated like that, especially after the arduous journey that they had to take. Everyone deserves the right to be able to look for a better life and to not be persecuted for it.

The border between Mexico and the United States is such a highly loaded term in illegal immigration. But I think that it is because the United States makes it out to be like that. I may be a citizen of the U.S., but I am also Mexican, and even myself when I go to Mexico am afraid of passing through the border. Legally nothing should be able to happen to me because I travel with a tourist visa but just knowing the types of things that can happen or that do happen to people at the border is terrifying.

It was very difficult to read and hear about the things that people like me went through and are still going through because our government is so unwelcoming. Minorities basically built the foundation of this country through hard manual labor and they are treated like trash. Even now in the present day, I don't understand how immigrants don't stand up for what they deserve, for the work they have done. We have strength in numbers and in dedication, and it makes me angry to think that I am here with an enormous amount of opportunities and aid, but America does nothing to help the other people, the undocumented immigrants, to share in this wealth that the country has. What is wealth if it can't be shared with those around you?

Throughout this course, I have learned a lot about Latin America and its numerous struggles it has gone through to become the entity it is now. Immigration is just a part of life and leads to globalization which honestly makes the world go around. Without these components, the world would be so bland, there would be so much uniformity and fewer advancements in our cultures, technology, economy, etc. I will always be a strong supporter of immigration because everyone deserves the right to be comfortable in their own home and be successful, or if not go looking for it.

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.


Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Supporting Late-Term Abortion Is Actually The Opposite Of Feminism

Feminism is about gender equality and women supporting women- so shouldn't we support the unborn women of tomorrow?


Before you read this, if you are someone who feels strongly that abortions are the "right" choice and that supporting late-term abortions is a step for woman anywhere, I do not suggest you read this article. However, I do want to write that I support conditional abortions- situations where the birth can kill the mother or where conception occurred because of rape. If someone rapes you, that is not okay by any means, and a baby conceived of rape can be terminated by the mother to avoid PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and any other mental health diagnoses. Of course, if a woman can bring a baby into the world to keep or give up for adoption, even if it was the product of rape, she should seek life for the innocent child rather than death. And what a rape victim chooses to do is neither here nor there- and it damn well is not anyone else's business.

So why should it be my business (or anyone's) if women have late-term abortions? Agreeing to murder out of convenience should not be societally accepted as okay. When the law passed in New York for late-term abortions, I did not picture 39-week pregnant women rushing to Planned Parenthood to abort their child because they got cold feet. I highly doubt that is the exact scenario for which the law went into effect for, and that was more so intended for women who did not realize they were pregnant and missed the time period to get a legal abortion.

Not that I support early-term abortion, because all abortion is the same regardless of when it happens during the pregnancy. Killing someone sooner rather than later does not make it less worse.

Excuses about how women are not ready to be mothers, do not have the financial means, would ruin their futures, they would get kicked out, lose their bodies, etc. are just that- excuses. Carrying a child for nine months might be an inconvenience, but killing someone will be on your conscience forever. If murders pleaded their motives to police as a way to justify what they did (excluding self-defense), what difference is it if a woman kills her unborn child?

Planned Parenthood might be taboo and have a stigma attached to it, but it does so much more than kill babies. Planned Parenthood is a place where girls can go to see OB/GYNO, get birth control, and learn about safe sex, protection, STDs, etc. Instead of stigmatizing it, young women should be encouraged to go to this institution for woman and feminism. Let high school health classes plan field trips there so that everyone becomes more educated on female health (boys included!). Female health education is very limited, especially in school, and many women feel that an abortion is their only way out, however, it's not. By becoming more educated, the rate of teen pregnancies can go down, as well as the need for abortions. Women educating other women should be the goal of Planned Parenthood, and abortions should be reserved for those who got raped or whose pregnancy cause death, health complications, etc.

Abortion might be giving women a choice- but who is giving the unborn babies a choice?

And of course the only way to 100% prevent pregnancy is abstinence, and if that is your choice then good for you, and if you choose to have sexual intercourse, good for you too. Be safe. No slut shaming here. Women need to continue supporting other women, regardless of their sex life. Women who have abortions are not "whores" and should not be labeled as such- they are just people whose biology reacted to another person's biology.

If you truly do not want to have a baby, please please please give it up for adoption and do not kill it. It did nothing wrong, and yeah, it might be a little inconvenient to be pregnant, especially if you are in school, but there are hundreds of thousands of people that would love nothing more than to raise your baby. Be a woman supporting other woman and give the gift of motherhood.

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