Immigration is a part of us

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Submitted: November 23, 2018

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The caravan so many people have spoken about the last month or so, has arrived at the US border. A mass of several thousand immigrants, is understandably a little concerning. That’s a lot of people Americans have no idea of. Who are they? What do they want? Are they here to take our jobs and bring drugs into the country?

Then again, it’s not so concerning. Hundreds of people cross the border daily and dozens seek asylum. It’s normal and the president, government and some people are exaggerating the whole thing. First of all, deploying military personnel to the border just because there are some extra people entering the country? Ridiculous waste of recourses. Secondly, in the end, it’s not that many people. Let’s think about Europe. A few thousand immigrants isn’t anything compared to how many people crossed the Mediterranean in 2015 and 2016. Nearly a million. Sure, it brought problems but now many of those people are a part of the society.

Different cultures bring variety to everyday lives, educate us and give us an opportunity to experience the world from home. People from different backgrounds give us new ideas. They work jobs maybe not everyone wants. They start businesses. They boost the economy and support the society.

The immigrants from Latin America are talked about as “illegal”, yet they’ve done nothing wrong. It’s legal and a human right to seek asylum at a point of entry. According to the US law, refugees may present themselves at the border, no matter where, and seek asylum. The officials have to handle that accordingly. Okay, yes, Donald Trump signed the order that an individual must enter the country at a point of entry, but that goes against the law.

The United States is based on immigration. Aside from Native Americans, the citizens nowadays are offsprings of immigrants. The people who are desiring to live in the States now, are just like the immigrants a few centuries ago. They want a better life. By telling those people they aren’t allowed here, you’re not only being ignorant of them, you’re also being ignorant of your history and heritage.


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