Mar 1, 2016 | Eun Hye (Grace) Kim
Let’s say that the American Dream isn’t a socioeconomic ploy to bolster capitalism in America and pretend that it doesn’t further broaden the chasm between the “haves” and “have-nots” through the fallacious notion of “All one needs to do is work hard and he shall succeed” that does not even try to take into account the struggles facing the systematically disadvantaged. Let’s say that undocumented individuals firmly believe in the American Dream, but does it matter that they believe in it? Does it matter that some of these bright, intelligent, young individuals work assiduously not only in academics, but also in extra-curricular activities so as to prepare themselves for a good college education and furthermore a stable occupation? Does it matter that some of these individuals devote countless hours of their time to part-time jobs, and even full-time jobs, to help keep their families afloat? Does it matter that some of these individuals vie for the necessary social skills required to network by constantly placing themselves in spaces where they directly interact with the very people that want them to be deported? Does it really matter how much of their mental, emotional, and physical health they sacrifice to get even the tiniest step closer to attaining the American Dream? Because what is to come of all of their hard work and sacrifices? Nothing. Why? Because the most basic, fundamental right that these individuals need to accomplish such a feat is citizenship.