The desparity between the advantages native-born Americans and naturalized citizens is no secret, and it’s also no secret that those who are here without papers are even further disadvantaged, especially when it comes to education, wages, and the ability to climb career ladders.
But that’s changing. Perhaps much like the March on Selma, the segregation battle, and the bravery of Rosa Parks, people on both sides of the literal and figurative fences are rising up, taking to the streets, and making it known that they want immigration reform. They want it for their friends, for their family, for their coworkers, and for themselves.
According to Ted Hesson of ABCNews, “The Senate bill would allow previously deported spouses, children and parents of permanent residents and citizens to apply for a provisional immigration status. The same would go for some young immigrants, aka DREAMers, who lived in the U.S. but have since been removed or voluntarily left the country.”
With this kind of thought and fire behind the movement, it won’t much matter what the House of Representatives does with their upcoming vote—eventually, immigration and how we look at immigration, immigrants, and the inalienable right to education for everyone in the US. What’s most important now is what immigrants will do with their legal right to be in the US once they have it. And one of the most powerful ways they can leverage their freedom to stay here is to educate themselves, work on fluency in English, and perfect an accent in English while working to reduce a foreign accent in spoken English.
Being able to speak English like an American is every bit as important as any degree an immigrant from anywhere can hold. Improving English pronunciation is the key to unlocking all other forms of potential for immigrants.
For those ready to continue moving forward even in the face of those who will try to back peddle the immigration movement, being able to be heard is tantamount to every effort in this fight and in the successful days to come thereafter.