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LA teen: Focus on helping people, not making money

April 26, 2017
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 file photo, high school student Amellia Sones, who helped organize a Ventura Boulevard protest after the presidential election, poses with some of her signs at her home in Los Angeles. One hundred days into Donald Trump's presidency, The Associated Press asked people from across the country to write a letter to the president. She wrote: "… One major thing I do not like is putting a ban on immigrants from entering the United States. I know you were trying to keep terrorists from entering our country, but I do not believe banning immigrants from certain countries is an effective way of doing this. And, after all, the United States is called the melting pot of many nations. ... Your biggest failure (and there have already been so many) is NOT making an effort to bring our country together. To me, that's a big part of a president's job. ... I only ask that you start watching the way you speak and try listening to what your people are asking of you. Stop arguing with celebrities over Twitter and start acting like an actual president." (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Amellia Sones, 15, is a high school student in Los Angeles who was spurred to help organize a protest against Trump after his election. Sones says in her letter that even though she’s not yet old enough to vote, she has opinions about the job Trump has done. For one, she worries the younger generation is watching him “act inappropriately and out of line” and will conclude that it’s acceptable behavior.

She wrote:

″. One major thing I do not like is putting a ban on immigrants from entering the United States. I know you were trying to keep terrorists from entering our country, but I do not believe banning immigrants from certain countries is an effective way of doing this. And, after all, the United States is called the melting pot of many nations. ...

“Your biggest failure (and there have already been so many) is NOT making an effort to bring our country together. To me, that’s a big part of a president’s job. ... I only ask that you start watching the way you speak and try listening to what your people are asking of you. Stop arguing with celebrities over Twitter and start acting like an actual president.”

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