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.
Under President Trump’s administration everyone who does not look like they belong in the U.S. should be extra careful with what they do. Government officials are looking for any excuse to get people out of this country. Now that people know who is running the country; they feel entitled to do anything they want with those they believe are illegal immigrants. In the article attached this young man (Juan) just got deported back to Mexico, the country he left when he was 9 and hadn’t returned since. This occurred because he didn’t have the proper documentation on him, and was denied the chance to get them after he was detained. Officials are being very strict and taking advantage of their power. We all need to be very careful, and avoid any issues what so ever!
Spotted at the entrance of the University of Maryland Union Stamp center…
Malala Becomes Honorary Canadian Citizen
This week the Prime Minister of Canada welcomed Malala into his country. His invitation extended later on when he gave her honorary Canadian citizenship. Malala is from Pakistan and has endured many trials in her short life. She is a strong advocate for education rights for all women and her journey has even landed her a Nobel Peace Prize. This article is a great example of how welcoming countries should be to outsiders. Many immigrants around the world have so much to offer the countries they’re in, they just need someone to give them a chance.
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.