Month: October 2015

Trumping Stereotypes

As mentioned in former posts, the impending 2016 Presidential election is looming in the distant horizon of our country’s future. Naturally, immigration reform is anticipated to be a “big ticket” item, or one of the primary issues necessary for our future leader to discuss and settle their opinions and policies about. And, as anyone who has even minimal contact with a television or computer would know, Donald Trump is seemingly a fore runner for the GOP candidacy.
His speeches, involvement in debates, and even his attitude towards the process of campaigning have all been surrounded in controversy. He has set himself a part as a man of many words with little to no filter to speak of, and, naturally, he has had a lot to say regarding immigrants and immigration reform.
According to his official website, his views and plans on immigration reform include making “Mexico pay for the wall”, he is a firm believer in securing the border, “tripling the number of ICE officers”, he wants to invest more into border patrol, “defund sanctuary cities”, “detention, not catch-and-release”, and even “end birthright citizenship”, among many other things. Aside from the obvious questions, such as how would our country pay for all of this, both financially and in human toll, how could we elect a president that would alienate and effectively work to disenfranchise the largest growing demographic of people in our nation?
MSNBC says “The leading GOP candidate is talking about ferreting out, arresting, and forcibly removing a population of men, women, and children roughly the size of the state of Ohio.” What would be the consequences of doing something like this? Are we now walking down a path that leads to America becoming a vicious police state? Not to mention the possibility of a sort of societal genocide, the policies supported by Trump are blatantly and unashamedly racist, and would cause our country insurmountable strife.
It is so important for every citizen to understand the implications and consequences of policies like this, regardless of political beliefs and affiliation. Immigration reform is necessary, but to what extent are some willing to go, and is it really going to benefit the United States?

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Sources:

–¬†https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/immigration-reform
–¬†http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/donald-trump-shocking-reality-deportation-plan

Protests as a Form of Dissent

Long have protests been a major aspect of American dissent. One need not look long to find examples of American citizens protesting against wars, for basic civil liberties, and against malicious legislation. It has become a part of our culture and image as Americans, our right to peaceful protest is well ingrained into our psyches. So, it comes as no surprise that protest has become a major part of the movement for immigration reform.

Protest is a means of offering a voice to the common citizen, and it brings attention to important issues. Below are some photos showcasing various immigration reform protests. The plight of the undocumented citizen must be heard.

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On Immigration Reform

As well all know, the battle for the presidency has already begun in the United States. There are many different issue being discussed right now, but what are the candidates saying in regards to immigration reform?
Two of the front runners for the president in either party, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, have not been quiet about their opinions. Though Jeb Bush is a Republican, a party typically viewed to be anti-immigration, he has stated that he is for immigrants being able to “earn” citizenship. Clinton, on the other hand, has recently come out as extremely pro-immigration reform. This has caused some controversy, however, since Clinton reportedly voted for an amendment in 2007 that effectively ended legislature for immigration reform.

Both politicians are thought to be more moderate on immigration reform until recently, though whatever the case, it is clear that immigration reform is going to be a major topic this coming presidential election. This is why it is imperative for young people and young voters to be knowledgeable about what each candidate wants for immigration reform if we want to see any change or development on this in our lifetimes. It is a burgeoning issue, and must be addressed.

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Sources:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/09/politics/hillary-clinton-jeb-bush-immigration-flip-flop/
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/hillary-clinton-goes-all-immigration-reform
http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Jeb_Bush_Immigration.htm

– Rachel Nipper

“Go Back Home!”

Imagine fleeing your home, frightened for your life. Maybe you are with your family, lucky to have been able to escape together, or perhaps fate hasn’t exactly been in your favor. Eventually, somehow, you make it to the border of the United States, a place where you hope you can find some kind of salvation from the violence tearing your country apart. You arrive, and are detained, but still brought into this place you gave up so much to get to and greeted with throngs of white faces chanting “Go back home!”.
How do you explain to these people that you can’t? That what they are yelling at you is impossible? That this “home” they speak of is ravaged by blood and fire and bullets? How do you make them understand that what they ask of you essentially could also mean your death?
For decades, the United States has been a golden land of opportunity and sanctuary. The “Land of the Free” where you can discover your destiny around any corner. The United States long has even embraced this notion. Some proudly proclaim we are a “land of immigrants”, regaling others with their tales of their great great great grandfather who sailed to the East Coast from some obscure village in Italy. We as a country once fashioned ourselves as a beacon of hope for those less fortunate, and continue to implement ourselves into the dealings and structures of other countries, spreading our doctrine of democracy.
So, why now are so many so vehemently against these people, these refugees, seeking our aid and coming to our country to escape the violence destroying theirs? Is our land of hope and prosperity no more?
Recently, on the California-Mexico border, there have been protests by members of a small town accepting detainees against migrants, primarily migrant children, coming into our country for processing. Typically, these migrants are released following this process and asked to return at a later date, however many never do and simply disappear into the masses of undocumented citizens living in the U.S. The protests were cited to have gotten so unpleasant that the detainees had to be taken some 40-60 miles away to be processed in a different city.
While it is certain that immigration reform is vital on the federal level, as our current government is woefully unequipped to handle the enormous amount of new immigrants coming here, we can’t just turn these individuals away, and we absolutely can’t turn children away. This has become a humanitarian crisis, and we need to rise to meet it.