Immigration views | LEA 330

There are a lot of of opposing arguments for immigration in the United States. Opponents say we should focus on our own people first. That immigrants are burdens on the system. That that are drains on society. That they don’t work. That they are uneducated and bound to live in poverty.

I say no.

Although it is important to focus on the American people, I think back to the words of my public relations professor: “Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves when the the trans-contental railroad was built.”

You can do more than one thing at once.

If anything, I think the United States should let in more immigrants—especially those from impoverished or violent countries. The United States can act as a sanctuary for these people and give them a safe place to grow as people and global citizens.

I also think the government should reform the system to give immigrants a clearer path to citizenship so they do become fully functional, positive members of American society. There should be incentives for these immigrants to start their own businesses, buy homes, invest in the stock market, and get an education. The children of these immigrants should also be protected and given incentives to attend four year universities.

Immigrants shouldn’t be feared. We shouldn’t built walls thousands of miles long to keep them out or put military personnel at the border. They should be welcomed and given a clear path to becoming hardworking, valuable Americans.


Converging Corn: Composition Exercise



I took this shot for my composition exercise project to showcase “converging lines.”

I drove around the fields of Franklin until I found the edge of a field that had open, clear rows with tall stalks of corn. I went out during the “golden hour” of the evening so the light was warm enough to showcase the yellows and browns of the stalks, but not bright enough to wash them out. Originally, I was taking this shot to showcase the vertical lines. When I got to the editing process, I realized the dirt pathway converged into a single line at the end of the row.

An element of interest about this particular row of corn I liked was the high amount of greenery on the ground of the field. I also liked the feeling of a never-ending expanse of corn the photograph created.

I used a depth of field of f/8 to blur the initial stalks of corn and pull focus on the middle and furthest stalks instead. In addition to the short depth of field, I used a shutter speed of 1/40 s because I wasn’t trying to showcase any motion. The ISO on my camera was set to 200 so it wouldn’t allow too much light to filter into the photograph.