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 […]
“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.
I always hear people saying “Immigrants are taking all our jobs”, “Immigrants are ruining the United States”, “Immigrants are changing what America is all about”…etc. But in reality, America wouldn’t be what it is, without us. We gave the US a little
“spice,” with the variety of cultures we brought here. The same people who say those things, are out eating Mexican food, and getting some type of work done by an immigrant. They are so fast to turn their backs on people who come here in search of a better future without harming anyone, than the people who were lucky enough to be born here,and just didn’t take advantage of it. People easily think they are superior than other people just because a piece of paper tells them they belong in the US. But aren’t we all immigrants? Aren’t we all invading foreign land? No, when it comes to looking at it that way, people prefer to be blind. Just like in the article I stumbled upon, where they want to blame immigrants for making US citizens jobless, and poor, instead of actually looking at what they do wrong to be in the situation they are in. Maybe, they are too lazy to actually work, and prefer to ask for money at a red light. Or maybe they just don’t want to work for the pay the employer offers. So that’s when the immigrant comes in, and they do want to work, and accomplish success. So they are willing to work in any profession and get paid any amount, as long as they can provide for their families. People who are US citizens are able to receive endless benefits from the government, which also provides them with the excuse of not having to go and work, because they have other ways of receiving help. Unlike an illegal immigrant, who has to work and do everything they can to make some money just to be able to afford food for their family. Of course there’s exceptions to everything that I’m saying, but, we have to open our eyes to beyond ILLEGAL OR LEGAL
That is not the issue….
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.
On Sunday March 12, 2017, Iowa Republican Representative Steve King twitted the following, “Wilders [a Twitter page] understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” This controversial statement was received majorly with hostility but surprisingly a few political leaders remain supportive of his claims. Those few political leaders also happen to be governing our nation and have the power to influence our nation’s policies. We are currently living in an era where anti-immigration rhetoric, like that of Rep. King, has become common.
It has become a common and natural activity for certain people, like Rep. King, to blame the world’s problems on a particular culture or demographic. This is not the first time he has expressed his concerns to save Western civilization from the attacks of foreign immigrants. He intensely supports the need to build a wall on the U.S. border and to ban Islamic immigrants from entering the U.S. Despite understanding his claims, our blogs ideologies do not support his statement. The United States of America was established by “somebody else’s babies.”
Benjamin Franklin, one of our founding father’s, was the son of an English immigrant. Josiah Franklin (Benjamin’s father) was born in England and emigrated to the U.S. in the 17th century. Without Mr. Franklin’s migration, one of the keystones of our independence movement would not have called himself American. In fact, all of our founding fathers were sons or grandsons of immigrants who came to America for the promises of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Our America was established by “someone else’s baby.” Benjamin Franklin was not the only child of an immigrant that shaped our nation. Immigrants like foreign born physicist Albert Einstein enlightened our world with his knowledge. Alexander Hamilton, the founder of America’s financial system, was also foreign born. Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian immigrant. His multi-billion dollar company has produced technological devices that have changed our generation.
We do not need to restore our civilization because it was never destroyed in the first place. Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Alexander Hamilton and Steve Jobs are only a few of the immigrants, or sons of immigrants, that have changed our world for the better. They were someone else’s babies of immigrants who were taught right from wrong and contributed to the world they were living in. Their diversity is not our demise but our salvation.