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

Slaves Were NOT Immigrants

“A person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence.” is what the dictionary defines as an immigrant. They did not choose to take up residence in America, they were forced to. As Trevor Noah astutely put it “they were not considered people”. If you look up Ben Carson in the dictionary it would say “See Ignorant definition”.

H-1B Visas: Silicon Valley’s Cash Cow

During the election and during President Trump’s first months as President, immigration has been a highly controversial topic. During his campaign, President-elect Trump expressed his distaste for the H-1B work Visa program, which ironically was how his wife Melaina Trump could come to the US along with the annual average of 200 Models that were granted the visa even though they don’t meet that education requirements (Huffington Post). Currently the President is in the middle of drafting an executive order that will effect the Visa program, although he needed to hurry before April 3rd deadline (when the applications are accepted) (Bloomberg). The program has been equated to indentured servitude (Huffington Post). This is since the recipients of this Visa are required to work to stay in the country. Although these workers can change employers it would mean they would have to restart the long process of acquiring a green card. Silicon Valley is the major participator in this program and the removal of this program would hurt business like Apple, Google and Facebook because it allows them to recruit foreign employees that they can pay at a lesser rate than Americans. The salaries of software engineers have fallen flat lately and are only rising by 2% per year for established workers (Huffington Post). Since the visa discourages the workers from changing job they are less likely to leave even if their income growth is stagnating. The program also favors younger immigrants since they will be able to work for a longer period (Huffington Post). This is a form of ageism. Encouraging immigration, especially intelligent and skilled immigrants, is necessary for economic growth. While I admire the fact that the program has brought these immigrants to America the program needed overhauling. I would like to see a more open immigration policy, but concerning the H-1B visa I believe that the minimum salary needs to be raised to discourage employers from using these immigrants as cheer labor. We need more skilled workers and that we should not limit it to the 65,000 that are awarded these visas (Forbes). While America needed these talented individual, we should not limit ourselves by what we consider “skilled”. The H-1B visa requires at least a bachelor’s degree, most recipients have a higher degree. This requirement means that millions of people who could bring wealth to this country and our culture are excluded, possibly because of a lack of income needed to acquire a degree on top of the slim chances of winning the H-1B Visa Lottery. This is similar to Candidate Marco Rubio’s idea for a merit based immigration reform, allowing only the affluent and privileged to enter this country. Even though we want the skilled, we also want “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”.