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Martin Luther Essay

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Every immigrant man, women, or child has a story to tell, whether they travel alone or together, they have a reason to travel and start a new beginning. If a immigrant travels to America from a foreign country, they aren't always treated equally or fairly. Martin Luther King Jr. writes in his essay, "Letter from Birmingham Jail", about various topics regarding equality. Even though King writes about African-Americans and equal rights in America, he's writing about every person who is not welcomed in their ...view middle of the document...

Like King, immigrants coming to America want equal rights as all Americans do. That's the reason coming to America. There are other factors preventing them to become legal and have the same rights as Americans. Most of them come illegal which would cause them to apply for citizenship, this can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. Kin states in his letter "We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and god-given rights" (King 224). This is entirely true for all immigrants. According to Brad Knickerbocker, of The Christian Science Monitor, there are roughly seven to twenty million illegal immigrants who live in America, none of who have equal rights as a legal American. About 52% of Americans think of immigrants as a burden to America by taking jobs and housing, and only 41% think immigrants "strengthen the US with their hard work and talents". Who knows how many years it will take for immigrants to gain equal rights like Americans. For all we know it could take another 340 years. Unlike equality, justice is another issue affecting immigrants eligibility to be accepted into society.

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