RIGHT TO STAY OR MUST GO: THE MULTIPLES VIEWS ON IMMIGRANTS FROM MEXICO

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“Our land as well.”


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A nation that has just over 50% of the illegal immigrants that exist in America. With less than 10% coming from other places around the globe. And that is because of the proximity to the United States. And as millions have crossed the border and continue to cross the question that has people throughout the nation split on,”Who should stay and who shall go?” Because there are people who have broken the law that are in American prisons, yet the bulk came for a better way of life. Two sides: ones side states that they should go through the legal process like everyone else, while the other side states that if they are law bidding citizens, what is wrong with them staying especially since they are contributing to society.

a conservative stance

There are so many people that are on a long list awaiting the process to come to America. And that is a process which has taken so many people years. So there is this feeling by many of them who think that they have taken that long process to enter. Why should someone else be able to walk across? And the conservative viewpoint in America aligns itself with that view. Now let’s observe that perspective for a second. If I am an immigrant looking to come to America from elsewhere, it has taken me years, and not to mention money spent, what is the feeling knowing someone easily walked across. Or better yet, Americans working everyday, already seeing their employment moved to countries outside the United States, one of those places being Mexico. Now the little employment afforded to citizens is being held in the hands of some of the same countries citizens illegally entering. That viewpoint is enough to cause an outrage within a society.

a liberal stance

Now there is another perspective that exist within society. And that is that a lot of immigrants that have been deported in America recently have been in this country a long time. Some have been here decades. So to deport them would be counterproductive considering so many have been contributing to this country the entire time. A major disagreement is the sending of children back to a nation from which they have never been. It’s like taking a Sudanese kid who was born and raised here in America for the first 15 years of their life and then sending this back to the Sudan because their parents are illegal. The ethnic link exist, but America is a far cry from the Sudan. But also placing kids in what has been compared to interment camps have rubbed even conservatives in a bad way. And as far as jobs, the jobs that illegal immigrants have are jobs that a lot of Americans can’t support a family off of anyways. So what is the solution?

deep routed issues

Some of these issues go deeper than just not being in a country. You look throughout history, we are on the very foundation of Mexican land. Now, through conquest over time, that has shifted, but the sour taste that has been left in the mouths of so many runs deep. Because you’re talking the bedrock of an ethnic group’s existence is deeper routed on this land. Now they are being told once again to leave. So this will continue to be a problem as long as you have the side this is the land of our forefathers and the side of this is the new country and that was the old country.


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THE LOGIC AGAINST THE EMOTION: WHY THE PUSH AGAINST IMMIGRATION WON’T WORK

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“Build it longer, stronger, still won’t help.”


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Since the presidential run of Donald Trump, the sentiment of protecting our borders and removing illegal immigrants from the country have been a topic of discussion. And for the most part, these immigrants have come from countries south of the United States borders. Not too many from Canada, throughout Europe, Africa, or Asia; but from Mexico and Central America. And my criticism of the removal is not because mainly the separation of families and protecting borders. It’s about the sentiment; this held belief of immigrants taking jobs. We need to breakdown the thought of what it is to take a “job” and what are those “jobs” that are really being taken away. LET’S OBSERVE.

the job of the American born

In the United States, since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, we have held on strong because of the work coming from manufacturing. And over time, we have seen a lot of those jobs removed and taken to overseas nations where the cost of manufacturing is cheaper. This way, by the time it (the product) hits the U.S. soil, we are seeing a price that is a direction relationship of architecture, building, businessthe business conducted by the corporations themselves with outside country’s manufacturing. Now, here in the United States, with so many factories closing, you have a lot of small cities and towns throughout the country shutting down as well because they cannot afford to compete. If you’re an American manufacturer making televisions selling for $500 how do you compete with a better quality flat screen for $275 – $300. Eventually you have to shut down.

the job of the illegal immigrant

Coming to the United States to seek out a better way of life. That is the main goal for so many trying to gain access to our country. And for those who go through the rigorous process that can take years, they feel it was worth the wait. And then there are the people who take it upon themselves to risk breaking the laws of the land in crossing over the borders by land or by sea in Image result for mexican flagsearch of a better life. Many have known to come from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Haiti, being that they are so close to the state of Florida. And the bulk of the group that come through America’s borders do so through Mexico.

the jobs they have

In the United States today, there is a held belief that the jobs are being taken by illegals in America. Well, let’s observe what that means. Since Trump has taken office, illegal immigrants have been detained throughout the country and forced back to their homelands. A move that has directly challenged policies like that of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) created by the Obama administration put forth in the summer of 2012. And Americans have both praised and protested the push to remove and separate families. And the idea of jobs being preserved for the hard working American who are losing out to illegals has an underlying problem. Fast Food industries consisting of delivery drivers, servers, busboys, cooks, and cleaners; the hospitality industry of maids, bellboys, and other cleaning crew make up the majority of the jobs worked by illegal immigrants. What’s interesting, is since removing these families, the Americans finding fault with illegal immigration have not shown interests in those jobs. Why because they find it hard to raise a family on the income from working those jobs. So if the reason for removing illegals for the “most part” is preserving jobs and the jobs they are working you don’t want, what is the real threat?

evolution tech-solution

We say, we need to protect our borders from drugs, never works. Let’s protect our borders from violent crime, but the majority of the real threat are American born citizens. And the big one, we need to protect American jobs. But see, the real killer of American employment is technological innovation. The work that could provide for your families are or have become obsolete. That’s why you must have a more specialized skill to earn a living. The jobs like factory repetitive assembly work is not like it used to be. You now have more engineers working the machines that would in the past take multiple people for the processing of goods. And if you’re fighting technological innovation,you’re in a losing battle. Because the country, our continent, with world will not stop evolving through means of innovation and invention simply because you and I can’t keep up. We’re in a game today; a game of either evolve or get left behind.


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DACA: HOW THIS IS MORE ISOLATED THAN SPREAD OUT

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“What will be the outcome?”


For those of you unfamiliar with what has been going on in the recent news surrounding Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA, it concerns immigration. Former President Barack Obama signed this into action to protect minors for a temporary basis looking to seek work permits/right to stay in America. Image result for daca obamaDonald Trump now wants the bill killed via Congress. A move that has sparked once again, protest across the country. And if you don’t know what DACA stands for, it stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival. Now, with the decision to kill the act, we could potentially see nearly 1 million people deported in America. But is this an America issue, or more of a states issue. Because if you live in certain states, this is a bigger concern than if you live in other places. And nowhere is it bigger than in the state of California.

California has nearly 223,000 people under DACA, which constitutes for 27% – 28% of the DACA recipients. So the protest are massive in California against the DACA end. But not all people are against the move to end DACA. Donald J. Trump still has his strong support that feel that it is not the job of America to care for illegal immigrant’s children. These are also the same people who feel that their jobs are already threatened by illegal immigrants coming into America. Image result for daca trumpNow their children will be allowed to stay and retain work permits in an already tough to find work economy. So my question is, “What will be the decision from Congress?” Will they side with Trump or will they uphold Obama’s previous decision? And once again be another policy that Trump has tried to pass and was unsuccessful. There has been so much going on lately, that I have not had too too much to process this policy in its entirety. But the outrage from the predominantly Hispanic community has been great.

Now before I said California was a major state for DACA. But there are a few other key states that are in the line of fire. Texas is the second highest of DACA recipients, with Illinois, New York, and Florida rounding out the top five states. What sticks out to me besides Florida, which has a lot of Hispanics, as well as New York, and Illinois , is Texas. Texas has been in the news for other reasons outside of DACA; the big story, Hurricane Harvey. Image result for daca cityNow the question remains, “What will Texas do now that this natural disaster has happened?” Families are struggling to regain their footing because of this storm, so what will come of them maybe having to compete for aid from the federal government knowing they are the state with the second highest DACA recipients? This could be another situation that starts to get dicey once the water has receded. Once people have to rebuild their lives in a disaster zone.

But in the end, another major concern is not only the issue of DACA, not just the high numbers centralized to a few states, but the average age of DACA recipients. The average age is about nine years old. A nine year old, that has spent much of their years in America. So now, you’re dealing with children that have no connection to Mexico, a country where the majority are coming from, besides their ethnic and cultural makeup. Young people who could potentially be thrust into a land of high crime and poverty. In a land they know absolutely nothing about because they are now more American than Mexican citizens.


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A NATION OF FEAR: ARE WE MORE AFRAID OF TRUMP THAN WE SHOULD BE.

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“Is there a legitimate reason to fear?”

As president elect Donald Trump now takes control over the White House, conversations begin to take place regarding him running the country. Saturday January 21st, 2017 was the day protest were held in major cities across the country and around the world. Women took to the streets as they marched in opposition of the new president elect. From New York City to Chicago, from Los Angeles to over the Pacific Ocean into Sydney Australia. Women who felt their rights would be in jeopardy of being impeded  upon once the new president took office. These protest would reach record numbers into the millions.

Now my question is, are we right to protest or are we more afraid than we should be of the newly inaugurated president? Even though he is the leader, how much voice will he really carry? And to what extent will he even be allowed to do what we’re afraid he will do? Could he really do what we’re all afraid will happen? If given enough time, is it possible that he can turn around so much he has said in the past? Or is it too late and there is no going back? The reality is yes and no. But we all have theories as to why he can hurt the country, but why he can’t is something we don’t discuss. Well, what is truly stopping him from doing what all our fears are in the end?

For starters, removing the 11 million immigrants from the country is more of a can’t do. Something of such magnitude isn’t as easy as just walking into households removing people. The initial cost to do so would require massive logistical issues that is a sure enough nightmare for the government. Not to mention the economic loses from people being forced out. The problem is that there are a lot of emotions and not enough thought driving these initiatives. But for those who know this specific group of people, they’re not sitting around living off the system. They’re contributing to the system. Whether it’s providing food and clothing for their families, to renting properties and sending children to college. So, forcing this many people out would cause short term and long term financial windfalls not to mention the massive blowback from the public who already have been vigilant in their fight against the president.

Another obstacle keeping the president from impeding upon the people would be the vote in Congress. The president is in control of a third power, he stills need one third more from outside himself. If he is unable to get his two thirds (meaning a third from him and Congress or the House), he is rendered immobile. He does have veto power, yet can’t outright just make decisions. So nothing on the scale to what we fear can happen without the system’s backing. Which explains why so little gets accomplished even with all the promises on the campaign trail. But, I’m sure a lot of people know this, so why the fear? It’s not just the idea of him winning the presidency. It sets precedent that someone else will come behind him with the same rhetoric and create even more of a climate of separation.

Yet does it; are we just being too sensitive or can one person just walk in and change the landscape of the country? Probable, yet highly unlikely because his behavior could cause a domino effect hurting too many people that aren’t even meant to get hurt. So why are people so read to fight? My best guess is that there are a lot of fears. We have these fears that we are losing something. Something that may not even come up while he’s in office, but just the idea of him eluding to us losing something could cause a problem. In the end, he may just turn out to be like every other leader we’ve had. Do some good, some things that irritate us, yet the country maintains an equilibrium. Up until the next guy comes into office, where we start the insanity all over again.

WALLS: THE DANGER OF ISOLATION

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“Who is isolation more dangerous for, you or me?”

Over the past year leading up to the United States presidential election, we have heard the topic of a wall being built between the USA and the Mexican border. No one else has talked more about this particular topic than president elect Donald Trump. Though through all the scrutiny and controversy, Trump managed to win the election. Now the topic of the wall being built along the border has been talked about more now than any other time. Even the former president of Mexico Vicente Fox commented on Trump’s plans for the border. Fox stated that Mexico won’t be building such a wall and if one is built it will come at the expense of taxpayers in America.

Now the question that I ask is that from a political viewpoint we have to protect the U.S. My only question now is if building walls are good for a nation or are they bad for a nation. Every decision you make could be viewed as good or bad. But with any one you choose, you have to take the other side as well. Meaning, you can’t have all good and no bad. You can’t think that everything will be glorious afterward. So what are the positives and negatives of having a wall to separate you if possible. Well let’s take a look at that question.

What are the positives of building a wall? For starters, you can better protect a nation. You are able to keep tabs on who is entering a country and when. When the September 11th attacks that claimed the lives of a few thousand took place, the hijackers managed to enter the country through student visas. Now that’s not the wall that Trump is referring to, but he also made a statement about keeping tabs on people coming from the Middle East as well. Looking at this from a social aspect it can cause tension, but politically it makes sense. If the majority of the people causing problems are arising from individuals coming in from that same part of the world, it’s rational to keep tabs. In addition to the wall in Mexico, the narcotics problem that has for a long time been an issue in America is now more under control. So when you look at the plan from a rational standpoint it makes perfect; Trump’s plan.

As with the good, is also the negative feedback. What are the repercussions from building a wall? One of the issues is that Americans consume a lot of resources. As a matter of fact, so much so, we are forced to go outside the country. Scientifically, if every person in the world ate like Americans it would take three planets to feed the world. And where are two of those places we consume resources from; you got it, the two places Trump has attacked the most. Our oil for uses in mass transportation in the Middle East and the production of automobiles & vegetation/crops in Mexico. Now, everyone is emotional from the election, Trump himself can’t make emotional decisions.

When you do live in a country where your citizens consume so much, but want boundaries on nations, you must be careful the way you communicate with outside nations you need. It could effect mass production on a global scale and ultimately hurt your country. Another reason why walls are bad ties into the resources. Isolation is dangerous to the person or people who isolate themselves. Understand that the world has resources, America can’t sustain alone. So this country need the planet, not the planet needing America.

So in the end, there is always a good and bad with any decision you make. Especially a decision that would require isolation. The good is you know who is in your country, but the bad is that you isolate and hurt yourself. But whatever the case may be, Trump has a pretty tough job for himself moving forward with the building of a wall. Is it good or bad, I don’t know , only time will tell if it does.

I WANT YOU TO VOTE TRUMP!

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“America’s fears of Trump being President.”

As time progress in this 2016 Presidential, we begin to realize that the inevitable could happen. Donald J. Trump could potentially be our next President of the United States. There have been protest all over the country, some peaceful and others have grown to be a lot more aggressive. There was even a rally where Trump was supposed to speak that became so problematic that it needed to be cancelled. But I ask the question. Could he do what everyone is afraid of him doing?

Let’s first look at the immigration issue in the United States. Trump has stated that 11 million people are here illegally from Mexico. His promise is to remove the 11 million people from the country in his presidency. This on top of his rape comments against Mexicans caused a lot of backlash. Now let’s observe the idea of him removing that many people from the country. Because there is a monetary cost of this mass exodus.

Now, of 11 million people let’s make some assumptions to align ourselves with Trump’s theory. Let’s assume 90%, 80%, 70%, 50% are productive and the others are not. Then let’s also assume that each person below the poverty level ($11,490) so that means their value in poverty is $63.195 billion to $113.751 billion. Now, like I said, I am assuming that these individuals are all under the poverty level with only one person in the household. With two people in the household the cost range from $85.305 billion to $153.549 billion; with three in household the range is $107.415 billion to $193.347 billion; and four people or more in the household $129.525 billion to $233.145 billion. These are some big numbers.

When you’re dealing with hundreds of thousands fine, but a massive amount of money in the hundreds of billions can put a strain on an economy. But another strain would be the political relationship from across the border. Why because the drug cartels are coming across the border where narcotics are brought over the border. If America exiles the 11 million people, then Mexico won’t have a real incentive to continue to watch the drug cartels. And fugitives will see this as a viable option when escaping prison.

Another issue America runs into is the agricultural problems. America gets a lot of fruits, vegetable, and livestock from Latin American countries. We lose sight of the reason we can buy so much at the grocery store for such low prices. There is a considerable amount of vegetation from south of our borders. This could cause some business issues between the two countries after. Which brings me to my next comments that Trump made.His comments about the Islamic community caused another host of issues.

Now, let’s observe them as well. We as Americans receive a lot of our petroleum from the Middle East. What would happen if America started to distance itself from the Muslim world. We are forced to look live with high gas prices. An no American is mentally prepared nor financially prepared for a separation. So as you can see, Trump not only will not, but wouldn’t be able to make any if not all the suggestions he made on the campaign trail. So, in the end, there won’t be a wall, an exodus, nor a removal from the Middle East. Until then election is over, we have to watch really closely until the selection of the nation’s new leader.

TRUMPED!

America is at a critical point today, especially with the election of our next president. We are now down to two candidates: Hilary Clinton and Donald J. Trump. Hilary Clinton a Democrat, who is the wife of our former president William “Bill” Clinton and former Secretary of State of Barack H. Obama. The next candidate is a businessman and television personality Donald J. Trump who is representing the Republican side. You may ask yourself, if we are dealing with two politicians why call the article, “Trumped.”

The reason the article is called, “Trumped,” is because his effect on the election process in America. Donald Trump, whether you’re a fan of his or not, has really tapped into the psyche of citizens in America. While on this campaign trail he has been labeled a racist and gender bias; pushing a campaign that many consider to be quite divisive. Well why is he considered to be such a polarizing figure. Well let’s start off by  discussing the comments he made regarding illegal immigration.

In his initial run, he made comments early pertaining to Mexican men and women flocking to the United States over the Mexican/American border. His views on the matter were that, “Mexico is bringing over their worsts.” “They’re robbing and raping, some of them are good.” These comments sent a wave of criticism through the news outlets. What could have easily been disregarded as a verbal faux pas had he explained what he meant to say, he refused. In addition to being labeled racist, he would go on to state his disdain toward radical actions from the Islamic community. These comments were also seen as insensitive and xenophobic by members of the general public as well. In addition to these two comments, his perceived gender bias comments toward news anchor Megyn Kelly just added more kerosene to the fire.

Yet, even though he was losing in one area, he was steadfast in his gain with the opposition to these criticisms. The ones’ who stood beside him felt upset and letdown. They harbored these feelings for what they felt was a mistake electing the current president. People expected more and felt as if they received the same status quo as every other leader prior. Barack represented change in his first election, but Donald Trump represents the upset at what Trump voters believe to be a lack of change. Trump voters felt the lack of transparency only continued from the last administration into the current one; and Trump spoke from the heart. You may not like what he says, but you can understand his sentiment. This resonates with the masses because the pervasive dishonesty that permeates our system has finally hit a boiling point.

Now do I think Donald Trump is racist, xenophobic, and gender bias? Even with his comments, tough to really say because racists, xenophobic, gender bias are more personal attacks. The fact that I don’t know him personally, I can only go off of what I see and hear. I do feel a detachment from reality. Now you may say, isn’t that a personal attack. Yes, but it’s not if there is circumstantial evidence. For example, in his interview with Matt Lauer he stated his father gave him a small loan of one million dollars to jump start him in business. Lauer was shocked, not mainly by the amount, but the matter of fact way in which he spoke of one million dollars. The way he expressed what his father had given him gave people a chance to see to an extent the personal aspect of him. He has been wealthy for so long he doesn’t realize how extreme it is to have one million dollars in hand as a start. Getting access to a $5,000 or $10,000 loan is a stretch for most people.

So this is where the detachment comes from. Another reason I say detached because him eating a taco bowl on Cinco De Mayo as a means to connect to his Hispanic voters is another case. I grew up with those type of individuals who were raised so detached from everyone they thought saying how much they like hip hop music was a means to connect to me because I am African American. But all they had to say was, “Hello,” “How are you doing?” So, my views touch on the personal, but my reasoning comes from the non-explicit comments or actions. What he said about Islam and Hispanics could have easily been dumped. But he tries so hard to not be politically correct guy, he starts to teeter on that line between honesty and ignorance (just because you’re honest doesn’t mean it’s something that should be coming out of your mouth).

Which is why he states that the Hilary Clinton’s campaign is baiting him. You know what, yes they are baiting him. Doesn’t mean you chase the bait. It’s like they dig a whole, every other politician goes to the edge and goes not I. Donald jumps in the whole with his feet kicked-up saying, “See, they trapped me!” It could ultimately be his demise as president. But whatever the outcome he has changed this entire process. Speaking in soundbites and coming off as disingenuous could hurt future candidates. Why? Because Trump has touched on something; not just racial, gender, and religious, but personal. And it’s quite interesting how this process will pan out moving forward.