As I was checking my Twitter account, I couldn’t help but notice today’s, April 19, trending hashtag: #BuildTheWall. This hashtag is a promoted ad, meaning that someone PAID Twitter to put this hashtag at the top of our trending list. The organization that came up with this hashtag was The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). FAIR believes in stopping “illegal immigration,” reducing legal immigration, increasing law enforcement, and establishing borders. Some may argue that this organization can be viewed as a “hate group.”
It’s a shame seeing Twitter promoting this hashtag when earlier this year on their official account, they tweeted that they stood FOR AND WITH immigrants. I guess for the right price, to hell with morals or standards. #DontBuildTheWall
This video shows how Native Americans feel and what they think when hearing words like “illegal” or “immigrants.” Hearing words of that caliber makes them feel awkward and uncomfortable. They have every right to feel this way, since it was their land first. One of the first facts mentioned is how European settlers are the original immigrants of the United States. With this past election and the talk of creating more borders has created more problems with the Native Americans. They express how the borders have caused so much disruption in their way of life, traditions, and culture. At the end of the day, “America doesn’t belong to anybody.”
It’s been almost three months since President Donald Trump has been elected into office. One of his very first actions upon being newly elected was signing an executive order for constructing a wall between the U.S. and Mexico: “Trump’s order also seeks to hire 10,000 additional immigration officers, build more detention centers and prioritize immigrants for deportation.” With these new immigration policies, immigrants worry now more than ever about the possibility of deportation.
During the elections, many of us joked around about packing up our stuff and moving to Canada; I know I surely made that joke several times. Canada’s Prime Minister took to twitter to inform everyone that there is a place for everyone in Canada and tweeting the hashtag #WelcomeToCanada.
CBC News reporter, Graeme Gordon, believes that Trudeau should stop telling desperate refugees that everyone is welcome in Canada. Gordon says that Trudeau is not only spreading falsehoods but also enticing people to pack everything and move to Canada with automatic residency: “Trudeau should really stop virtue signaling about how welcoming a country Canada is to newcomers.”
Regardless of any country, an immigration process is something that needs to be taken very seriously. This means that extensive research ought to be done before making a thoughtful decision like relocating to Canada. Trudeau isn’t directly telling people to migrate to Canada but he is encouraging that Canada may be a safe haven to those avoiding oppression. I personally find it very reassuring and comforting knowing that Trudeau is reassuring the public. Trudeau chooses to celebrate diversity rather than persecuting a particular race or religion: “Diversity is our strength.” I applaud the Prime Minister of Canada for his choice of words. During these difficult times for immigrants, it’s a welcoming feeling knowing that there is a potential place for refuge.
What features are associated with immigrants? Is it the color of skin? Is it the way one dresses? Maybe it’s a name or a religion. In today’s society, there are certain attributes that the media paints with what an immigrant is and how they look like. Although this video is short and simple, it sends a clear message: all immigrants are unique. One cannot simply label or assume that all immigrants will look the same. This clip does a great job of demonstrating the wide spectrum of how an immigrant may look like. You may never know if your neighbor, classmate, or coworker is an immigrant if simply judging on looks. As the old and cliché saying goes, “don’t judge a book by its cover.”