We bid you, adieu. We thank you for reading our posts, laughing at our memes, and watching the videos we shared. In the past month we’ve discussed the Dream Act, the Trump administration’s immigration reform, H-B1 visas, immigration in Canada versus the United States, stories of undocumented people living in the US, as well as, the historic “A Day Without Immigrants” strike, along with many more.
Of course we had some trials and tribulations as a group. As a group, it was difficult making sure we were all on the same schedule with posting and that our posts were coherent and within the topic of immigration. The biggest takeaway from this project is that research is vital! When running a blog, it’s important to have your facts straight, people will be reading your blog looking for information and you can’t misinform them and become unreliable. I didn’t expect to find an interest in blogging, I don’t know about the rest of the ladies..but I think I might take this on and explore blogging some more.
A lot was learned during this time writing about all these different topics, we understood why some things are set up the way they are, and how we can change other things if, as a population, we all work towards this goal of a warmer melting pot. During the time we were documenting the recent news on immigration, nothing much is changing, in fact, things are getting worst. There are more deportations, racism is thriving–as shown with our post Terps for Trump, and families are being divided. As we said, immigration is a very special topic to most of us–given that we come from a foreign background and our families migrated to the United States.
The discussion on immigration must continue, we must #resist.
Spotted at the entrance of the University of Maryland Union Stamp center…
There are thousands if not more, families, that have been divided because of American immigration laws. This is the story of the Avilas–a family that’s been torn apart.
Canadian and American immigration started off as similar, with both excluding non-white immigrants and only welcoming immigrants from Western European countries. But since then, these countries’ immigration laws have become opposites. Canada now has a reputation as a welcoming country to immigrants. But in the United States, immigration has become a more dividing issue. Canada prefers immigrants who are going to help grow the countries economy, while the United States gives more green cards to immigrants who have relatives in the States. The economist published an article by E.G. Austin where he talked about The United Sates v Canada and why they have differing views on immigration.
Why the different views on Immigration?
Unlike the United States, only a third of Canadians believe immigration is more of a problem than an opportunity. Canadians are rather concerned about “brain waste,” they want to ensure that high-skilled immigrants who can offer something to their country are welcome. They believe that immigrants actually create jobs and not steal them from natives. Immigrants are also net contributors, which is good for the economy. They also see multiculturalism as an important factor of national identity. Another reason that allows Canada to be so welcoming is that they need population growth because it has such a small population compared to the US. And why not fill your country with high-skilled members of society?
How do they choose these skilled immigrants?
Canada launched a program called ‘Express Entry,’ a tool that makes it easier for potential immigrants to acquire permanent residency. This type of entry is available to high-skilled workers and international students. Prospective immigrants have to fill out an online profile with their personal information, and government workers peruse their profiles and determine who is eligible. To be eligible you must have prior job experience—and a job offer to enter the country, and for students, you must have graduated 12 months prior, you must have experience in speaking English and/or French, and proof of funds showing you have enough money to support yourself and your family upon arrival. (www.cic.gc.ca)
I do agree with a lot of the things the Austin brought up in the article. You never hear someone in the United Sates advocate for immigration on the basis of that it adds to the social construct of the country. The United States should be more open to high-skilled immigrants; they are good for the economy. Although there are some factors that make it difficult for States to change up their immigration laws, it is not impossible. Take some notes, America.
Thursday February 16th was a nationwide boycott by immigrants, to showcase what a day would be like without them. Immigrants were to not go to work, school, or shop in response to Trump’s new immigration policies. With immigrants being the core of this nation, it was a really sad day. This Buzzfeed article shows some of the effects this boycott had in the Washington, DC area. Some restaurants were shut down because all the workers are immigrants, and some business just decided to shut down in solidarity with the movement. Although this day was a reality check for most, it did not change the opinion of some. I hope to see more movements like this in the future, and change to come from this.
IMMIGRANTS MAKE AMERICA GREAT.
I’m an immigrant, but I’m not to be feared. There are a lot of stereotypes around immigrants, and this video by BuzzFeed touches on some of them. Being an immigrant myself, this video was very relatable. I have been on the receiving end of some of these stereotypes–unfortunately. This video covers more than just the negative stereotypes bestowed upon immigrants, but also, talks about what immigrants actually contribute to the community and who they actually are. Every immigrant has their own story, and their own path, only thing we have in common is a legal document, so don’t categorize us. We are humans, just like you are.