Ignorance and Immigration Reform

By Claudia Longo

Part of the problem with immigration is the lack of understanding of how broken the system is. I have seen tons of comments on social media or in real life of people who are not directly affected by the issue (although I have to confess I have seen some people very close to the issue clueless too) who have no idea what they are talking about, making comments and giving their opinion on the problem of immigration and what would be the perfect solution to an extremely complicated system by saying things like “why don’t they come the right way?” “Go back home and come back legally” “illegals are taking our jobs” “they don’t want to adjust to our country” “deport them all”. 

This are all misconceptions growing in people’s minds like bad weeds taking over reality without even trying to inform themselves of the facts behind their comments.
The truth is, the system is so complicated and obsolete, that has created the largest “sub class” of citizens living and working in the country since the dark years of slavery and until people understand the issue well enough to wanting to change it, we will continue to have this mess of a system.

So instead of correcting and trying to convince people with facts that the best economic and moral thing to do for our country is to reform our immigration system, politicians on the right side of the isle are capitalizing that ignorance and turning it into votes; of course this tactic is not new nor a crime but by knowingly letting lies and myths turn into shape , they are being responsible and contributing to the problem. 

When some Republican candidates say things like “illegals are taking jobs from U.S. citizens” , when they say they will end birthright citizenship, build walls and send 11 million people all back home, (including their U.S. Born citizen children) even though home is here now, what they are really saying is “vote for me even if what I’m promising is impossible to do” and that is as immoral as keeping 11 million under the rug while taking their tax money, their talent and their children who are the future of this nation.

We were very close to find a solution in 2013 when the Senate passed an Immigration Reform bill that had bipartisan support, which Speaker John Boehner refused to bring up for a vote. But the problem has not gone away and 11 million people are still living in limbo.

I’m not scared or worried about Trump or Carson or even Rubio’s electoral promises  (Rubio now saying he will end DACA ,the program for young immigrants brought to the country as kids), I’m scared of ignorance being the voice in politics and no one trying to stop it.

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