As the United States of America is not new to the idea of immigration, it surely acts as if it is. Recently, the opinions of immigrants have left America quite split, not only does it affect us in the governmental sense but, has been seem to be a huge topic in political debates and media attentions. As a country built off the backs of immigrants… why are we being so quick to “send” people back where they came from? I do not recall the pilgrims showing up with visas and green cards, or ever try to make peace with the Natives, or work to assimilate into the culture of the true Americans.
During the summer of 2012, President Barack Obama and the Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitanto created DACA (Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals) which is for any young, undocumented immigrants who arrived to the U.S. before they reached the age of sixteen, high school graduates, are in college, served in the military, or are thirty years old or younger would not be prosecuted for deportation and are eligible for a two year work permit, health care, a social security number (which can help you attain scholarships and loans.). Fader did a short cover on what it’s like to be a “Dreamer”, in Trump’s-Now administration. Guadalupe Ambrosio, a queer individual because of DACA was able to see her grandparents in Mexico for the first time in twenty years. Although DACA doesn’t lead into a pathway to achieve citizenship (must renew after every two years), I still believe that this was one of the best ways to actually help and pay attention to young immigrants who arrived while they were young and had no choice but to in fact, stay here.
The U.S is a nation that has a background of hundreds of different cultures. As I am a child of immigrants, friends who are just like myself (born of immigrant parents), and friends with immigrants, I see the daily struggle of stereotypes being inflicted on them on the daily. One incident has left one of my friend’s family heartbroken. After 9/11 the U.S the government had a dragnet that discriminated Muslims (of course mostly from South Asia and the Middle East), his uncle fell for the bait, was denied basic rights that most people detained would receive, and lastly was deported back to Pakistan. Not only did this happen to him but this also happened to others as well. These incidents led to the 2004 petition of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Thirteen men walked into court, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, and alleged that even after detainees were cleared and had no proof they were involved with any terrorist attacks…. They were still held even after the FBI cleared them.
When the government believes they can remove “illegals” because they’re going to cause economic problems is quite false. When deporting families that have illegal parents but U.S citizen children, creates an issue. A $26,000 a year issue. These children would now be considered foster children and would only be there because their parents are illegals. The price of sending back illegals is tens and thousands of dollars and we are trillions of dollars in debt, every penny counts.
Considering many people believe immigrants don’t pay taxes let’s actually look at statistics. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy released in 2015 that 8.1 million out of 11.4 million undocumented immigrants who worked paid more than 11.8 billion in local and state taxes in 2012. This group estimated illegal immigrants’ would create about $845 million more if they integrated nationwide under Obama’s 2012 and 2014 executive actions. So, in conclusion to this idea that if you live in the U.S you have to pay taxes, well looks like they do (and they pay a lot, too.)
All in all, America originally is based off the backs of immigrants. The natives themselves were nomads and wandered onto the land of what we call the United States of America. The idea that immigrants should just be shipped back to where they came from – although it costs them tens of thousands, is just downright preposterous. If everyone went back to where they came from, the land we sit and eat our German hotdogs at the football game influenced by the British would be quite empty. Where we go and put Sudian gas in our Italian and Japanese cars, would seem like a ghost town. This land we live on was occupied first by the Natives and if anyone should leave, legal or not, should be determined by the actual people who occupied by this land first, but of course that would be deemed as unconstitutional by our English forefathers.