I am weary of the “everything immigration” headlines.

Our presidential candidates’ platforms should address how they are going to make sure that all American citizens are going to be taken care of.

Our political leaders need to make the well-being of their constituents their focus.

All American citizens need to work together to make sure that we are all able to participate in the American dream.

All American citizens deserve to have some form of government-provided health insurance.

All American citizens deserve to earn a decent living wage for the work they do.

All American citizens deserve to have access to an affordable college education.

All American citizens need to make sure their senior citizens, veterans and the disabled are well taken care of. An annual, sensible benefit raise would make a difference.

We all need to work together to make sure these needs are met. Maybe then we will not feel like second-class citizens in our own country that we love.

Brenda Pooler

Portland