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“The Problem”


Part 1 (Immigrants)
Am I the Problem?
Is it a problem to want more
Is it a problem to want to get away

Away from the violence
Away from the drugs
Away from crime

Am I the problem?
To wanting a better life for my family
To wanting a better education for my family
To wanting the “American Dream”
Am I the problem?
Americans fear losing their jobs
Americans fear an invasion
Americans fear their will be no more Americans

Am I the problem?
When I work in the fields
When I take less then minimum wage
When I work in the blazing sun and cold winters to live

Am I the problem?
As I live in the ghetto trying to put a roof over my family’s head
As I speak Spanish to my kids
As I try bring my culture into your country

Am I the problem?
When I agree with your consequence of violence being brought into your country
When I agree with stopping gang related violence
When I agree with stopping criminal activity like the cartel

Am I the problem?
To want my kids to grow up in a safe environment
To want to see them graduate from High School to college
To want to see life is better for them, then what mines was

Am I the problem?
When everything is while in America
When your economy is doing good
When your agricultural business is successful

Am I the problem?
Striving to be looked at as a citizen
Striving to be free from my demons I left behind
Striving to be free at last, as an American
Part 2 (Americans)
Is it my fault
That you want more in life
That you want to get away from the life handed to you

Your use to violence
Your use to seeing drug deals
Your use to having crime around you

Is it my fault
You can’t do better for your family
You can’t have better education for your family
You weren’t born to live the “American Dream”

Is it my fault
Americans have white collared jobs while you work blue collared jobs
Americans fear nothing
Americans will always be here

Is it my fault
That you work in the fields
That you stand to take minimum wage
That you decided to work in the blazing sun and cold winters to make a living

Is it my fault
You look different when I look at you down the street
You speak a language no one speaks here in America
You bring your culture to our country knowing your in America

Is it my fault
When you bring violence back from where you came from
When you bring gang violence here
When you bring criminal activity like the cartel to our country

Is it my fault
Your kids are growing up in an unsafe environment
Your kids aren’t graduating from High School and going to College
Your kids don’t have a better life than yours
Is it my fault
That everything is while in America
That our economy is doing good
That our agricultural business is successful

Is it my fault
You have to strive to be a citizen
You have to strive to be free from your demons you left behind
You have to strive to be called an “American” like me

--Melanie M., Adult