Illegal Immigrants are Not to be Feared

  President Donald Trump did a great job during his campaign and his first term of capitalizing on his followers worst fears; becoming the victims of a terrorist attack. He is using this to push his immigration ban through. Due to the refugee crisis in Syria and recent attacks like in San Bernardino have spiked […]

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“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people”, this is a quote from President Trump when he announced his presidency. The social climate is hostile towards illegal immigrants and immigrants alike due to the rhetoric of President Trump and his administrations. Ronald Mortensen’s article for The Hill perpetuates this criminal image of immigrants that the Republican party thrives on. In his article, he argues that majority of immigrants are felons due to the fact that they obtain fake social security cards and documents to work in the United States. While that is the case he misses the point.  We as citizens are not harmed by this and these are not violent crimes. He is using this fact to affirm his view of illegal immigrants as nefarious people. In his article, he states “They possess fake drivers’ licenses, phony “green cards,” fraudulent birth certificates and any other documents that U.S. citizens and legal residents have.  In addition, they falsify I-9 forms under penalty of perjury. Thus, the average illegal alien routinely commits multiple felonies –forgery, Social Security fraud, identity theft, and perjury” (Mortensen). He follows that statement up with how this is ignored and “swept under the rug to protect the myth of the law abiding illegal alien” (Mortensen). He blames democrats for perpetuating the “myth” that illegal immigrants are innocent and law abiding. What he fails to realize is that democrats are not saying that they have no broken laws but that the majority are living here to better their lives and their family’s lives. These are not people that are here to cause chaos. In a Huffington post article, they use an article from Breitbart to emphasize the fact that conservative news twists information to spread their views (Huffington Post). The Breitbart article they reference states that a 37% of our federal prisons are made up of undocumented immigrates (Huffington). While this is a fact it leaves out a disclaimer that the federal prison population is smaller than the overall prison population. Undocumented immigrants only make up 4 to 5 percent of our total state and federal inmate population (Huffington Post). Furthermore, the article leaves out that 76 percent of these incarcerated immigrants are not in there for violent crimes but for immigration violations (Huffington Post). Using the word felon like Mortensen did in his article for the Hill paints a picture that these undocumented immigrants that are locked up commit federal crimes such as drug trafficking, rape and murder which is not accurate. Illegal entry into the U.S is considered a misdemeanor offense according to federal law and the punishment is a fine and no more than six months in prison (CNN). Many foreigners come to the united states legally and then due to extenuating circumstances stay passed their time, this is not a felony (CNN). When discussing illegal immigration, we need to be sure to provide people with all the facts for them to make their own opinion.

Reference Links:

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/immigration/326272-most-illegal-aliens-routinely-commit-felonies

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/24/politics/undocumented-immigrants-not-necessarily-criminal/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/illegal-immigrant-does-not-equal-violent-criminal_us_57be3cc5e4b06384eb3e27ef

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