An adaptation of a famous spoken word, a short story, and a history lesson.
I am an immigrant
They want to blame their problems on immigrants
It's our fault that terrorists caused 9/11
It's our fault that citizens are getting raped and murdered
It's immigrants' fault that people are unemployed, can't get enough to eat or live their life
That's undocumented immigrants' fault
It's undocumented immigrants' fault that we have all this goddamn debt, restrictions and things we can't do
They blame it all on us
I'm blaming them for immigrants,
because if they didn't create these kinds of conditions
I wouldn't have to move to another country
You know what I mean?
So what do I mean by claiming that the United States created “these kinds of conditions”? Well if you researched some history, you'd see that the United States wanted land, so they took it from Mexico. Mexico owned over 20% of what is now the United States. The US wanted Mexico's land, so they instigated a war by setting up troops where Mexico told them not to. 13,000 American soldiers were killed, less than 2% were from actual war, the rest were from unsanitary conditions. A group of several hundred immigrant solders (mostly Irish), known as the Saint Patrick's Battalion, abandoned the US Army in favor of the Mexican side. Regardless, Mexico lost, and the US got their land.
I'll illustrate it like this:
John and Juan are sitting at school. There's a paper due later that day. John says "Hey give me your paper, I didn't write mine."
Juan says no. John says "Come on, I'll give you $5.00!"
"Not for sale. Leave me alone."
Juan gets up and walks away to avoid any conflict. John follows. "I told you to get off!"
Juan pushes John away. John sees that as an attack and begins to fight. A small Irish kid tells John to stop, but he gets knocked out. John is twice as strong as Juan. Juan manages to land a few punches, but loses anyways.
"Here's your $5" John says and walks away, holding the paper that he was after.
"But it wasn't for sale..." Juan says. battered and bruised.
Now Juan is going to fall behind.
[End of scene 1]
You'd also see that the US needs workers to be successful. This causes policymakers to look South for the US's labor needs. For over 20 years, 4.6 million Mexicans immigrated legally to the United States. They let Mexicans in legally so that they could work, because the United States needed farm workers. The United States set in motion migration patterns with Mexico over 80 years ago.
Despite the US still had labor needs, in 1977, the US capped the number of visas for Mexicans to 20,000. Despite the restrictions, the immigration pattern had already been set by the US, and 20,000 visas was not going to stop it. Mexican women were having an average of seven children.
Then in the 90's another wave of immigrants entered the US, caused by the Mexican boom in the 70's. Of course, another wave of restrictions come after 2001, even though the terrorists were not from Mexico or any country south of the US.
Then in 2014 there were about 63,000 unaccompanied youth who left their countries in order to escape gang violence and poverty, and went to the US because they are known to let immigrants in and offer them opportunities.
Basically, the US took Mexican land, tells Mexico they need workers, restricts flow of workers even though they still need workers, Mexico's population boom maintains immigration flow, 9/11 causes panic, and now not even refugee children should not enter the U.S. because they believe only purebred US citizens should live in the US.
If the US hadn't caused the war, the incentive to work for the US, the baby boom, and the restrictions, maybe the US wouldn't be so uptight about immigration. The irony is that the United States was founded by people who wanted freedom; freedom from persecution, violence back in their home country. But now some people are so egoistic they want to deny those same type of people from the US. Say it with me kids: hypocrisy.
I think Nadereh Pourat, director of research at UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, has an interesting point of view:
"If our goal is a healthier society, it doesn’t matter whether someone has documentation or not. They are part of the community, the society, and they systematically don’t get care. When they don’t go to the doctor and when they should be going to the doctor, we, overall, pay the price financially in emergency room visits or in human pain and suffering."
She is looking at the bigger picture and does not waste precious time on discriminating. She wants to help everyone who needs help, not just those that "deserve" it. I like to do the same, but I replace health with education.
If our goal is a well-educated society, it doesn’t matter whether someone has documentation or not. They are part of the community, the society, but they systematically don’t can’t access education. When they should go to college, but don’t because of policies or lack of resources, we overall pay the price in poverty or in human pain and suffering.
At least that's the way I see things.
And if you've made it this far, I believe you won't mind watching these videos:
"Do you think that one day the human race could be so advanced that we don't kill each other over petty differences, over religion, that we don't rape each other, that we don't oppress one another, that we don't enslave people that don't even appear like us?"
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