Essay, Pages 6 (1332 words)
“Look at Mexico. We need to make the government better and end the corruption. If people have a better life in their country, they won’t come over here”(Garza,Tony). It’s needless to say that the government needs to change. People are going to be looking for asylum because it isn’t safe for them in their own country or they are trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. In a recent tweet, President Donald Trump attempts to portray migrants as criminals, Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries.
Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL” (Donald Trump). The President of the United States is trying to portray these innocent people as something they are not, these people are dealing with conditions no human being should have to deal with.
“We have a problem in our country, but it’s not because of us. We are not causing the problems. We are looking for a better life, especially for our kids”, she told ABC News. “In our country, when (our kids) go to study, they can be kidnapped or killed. We are not bad people. We just want a better life for our families” (Moore, Burton, and Hutchinson). Immigrants dream and hear tales of amazing and wonderful things the United States can provide and want nothing but for that dream to be their reality as well.
I come from a family who crossed the border, to give their family a better life. My grandparents had been living in Tijuana, Mexico at the time, my grandfather worked for the company 7UP and my grandmother was a housewife and mother of 4. My grandfather wasn’t making enough money to provide food or basic care necessities so he made the decision to leave towards the United States. Hoping and praying that there would be a better future waiting for his family on the other side. He had a travelers visa so he would leave to the United States and returned to Tijuana whenever it was possible. My grandfather worked in a Convalescent home in the kitchen for a few years during the day and worked at a Holiday Inn Hotel at night until he made enough money to bring his family over to the United States. If it wasn’ t for my grandfather’s decision, my cousins and I wouldn’t have the opportunities we have today and for that I am forever grateful.
In addition, when my family had crossed over, there were some hardships they had to go through. One of the hardships they had to go through was packing up all their belongings and leaving the only place they knew as home. The United States was their home now. They had to start from scratch, their world around them had changed completely. They had to become acquainted to different environments around them which included learning to speak English and learning to be accustomed the new culture. Nonetheless, the family was excited. The United States was the land of endless opportunities and they couldn’t wait until the day they were able to step on U.S. soil.
Since his election, President Donald Trump has cracked down hard on immigration. “His executive orders expanded the authority of immigration officers and are expected to increase the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants” (Rahimi). ICE has made it very clear, that while, agents are looking for criminals, they will also rounding up any undocumented immigrants along the way. The agency even sent a series of tweets two weeks ago reminding young undocumented immigrants granted deportation protections under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that they also could face deportation. As a result of this, innocent people from grandmas, teenagers, to fathers and mothers with no violent crimes in their background are being deported and separated from their loved ones. This is something they fear everyday of their lives. They have to go out into the real world and pray that they or that their loved ones won’t be gone when they get back. Children are getting separated from parents without even being able to say goodbye. “In April of last year, when her mother dropped by federal immigration headquarters in Manhattan to complete some paperwork, 8-year-old Virginia Feliz became part of a growing tribe of American children who have lost a parent to deportation. Her mother, Berly, 47, who migrated to the United States illegally a decade ago, went to the immigration office on a routine visit to renew her work authorization. But because an old deportation order had resurfaced, she was quickly clapped into handcuffs, and within hours placed on a plane to her native Honduras, unable to say goodbye to her husband and little girl”(Bernstein). As the Federal Government continues to separate families as part of the program, authorities state that parents are not supposed to deported without their children. Being separated from your family can be traumatic for the parents and children because they don’t know when they will ever be able to see each other again. Often times, undocumented parents who get deported don’t explain to their children what happened and why they aren’t with them anymore, to keep them from knowing the harsh reality of deportation. This increases the feeling of abandonment, loneliness and anger as the children try to find reasons as to why they were left behind. Virginia Feliz’s mother had done exactly that, and had told her daughter she had gone to Honduras to take care of a sick relative. Her daughter was angered and wanted answers as to why her mother left her. Still to this day, ICE is cold-heartedly ripping families apart without thinking about how this affects the children or the family.
With this being said, the U.S. can take a cheaper and better way of handling immigration. Such as the Family Case Management Program, started in January 2016, it allowed families seeking asylum to be released together and monitored by caseworkers while their immigration court case proceeded. The case managers would provide them with referrals for education, legal services and housing. They would also help them sort out court orders about when to show up for immigration court and ICE check-ins . Also emphasized the importance of showing up to all court hearings. The program was a success in the five metropolitan areas and cut government spending as well, “The pilot was implemented with around 700 families in five metropolitan areas, including New York and Los Angeles, and it was a huge success. About 99 percent of immigrants showed up for their hearings. It also did something Republicans love: It cut government spending. The program cost $36 per day per family, compared with the more than $900 a day it costs to lock up an immigrant parent with two children, said Katharina Obser, a policy adviser at the Women’s Refugee Commission” ( Nazario). Unfortunately, the program, that was supposed to last for five years; was canceled by the Trump Administration almost a year ago. Instead of separating families and spending thousands of dollars to keep undocumented immigrants in family detentions, bring back the program that was clearly a success and keeping families together.
In conclusion, if you take one thing from this essay, I hope it is that not all undocumented immigrants are criminals and rapists. They are innocent people looking for a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Now that doesn’t come to say that law and order doesn’t go hand and hand with humanity. There are laws that need to be followed but there are more humane, effective alternatives as opposed to Donald Trump’s policies. No human being should be treated less than just because they are from another country because the cold-hearted truth is, our graves will always be the same size.