We say it every morning in front of the flag, pledging our allegiance to the United States. We say it and claim we mean it. Everyone was a child once. Everybody, most likely, went to school at a time in their lives. They were all required to recite The Pledge. They all said the line, “and justice for all.”
If you were to look just up in the dictionary, you would read something about fairness. Justice is pretty much that: fairness and equality.
The last time I checked, “all” means everyone. It’s a pretty general word. Saying that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States, we can assume we mean everyone in the United States of America.
Well, we never said or recited, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all legal United States citizens.” To me, that means we should treat everybody in the United States fairly and equally and with justice as we pledged, promised, and swore.
If they are illegal citizens, make them legal and treat them like “all,” because they are all. They are people.
Don’t just destroy someone’s life because they don’t have a flimsy piece of paper or plastic. That’s how we treat everyone not born in the United States and those who spent a long time of their lives applying for the paper that controls their lives and never got it.
And justice for all.
-Jessica Duffer is a sixth-grade student at a Phoenix middle school.