“Look at the criminal justice system. One in four inmates are illegal immigrants” republican strategist Lisa Booth stated this past summer on the O’Reilly factor. From 2007-2011, 25% of the US inmates were proven to be illegal immigrants. Don’t these numbers seem skewed? Trump’s newest guidelines for the deportation of illegal immigrants displays why these numbers are unjust. His newest legislations stated “undocumented immigrants arrested for traffic violations or shop-lifting will be targeted.” (bbc news) One in every five Americans in the past five years has received a speeding ticket. Yet immigrants who run one red light are incarcerated and then deported? It violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights article one: all human beings are born free and equal in dignity. How can President Trump enforce rules that denies people of their human rights?
The main argument of why immigrants should be deported revolves around the two factors: that immigrants are taking American jobs and the non-citizens do not pay taxes. Yet, Trump’s main goal was to provide America with more jobs by endorsing the multimillion dollar companies to expand and give them the ability to hire more employees. With the increase in jobs that Trump projects to create, he should have more than enough opportunity to go around.
Secondly, the issue that the immigrants do not pay taxes. The United States currently provides 675,000 visas, not including family exceptions, a year in comparison to the 11 million immigrants currently living in the US. Yet we only allot the certain amount of visas because we claim that there is not enough money for the economy to host them. As Trump claims that by endorsing the multimillionaire companies, such as Apple, who currently has a $586 billion net worth, will support the economy and pull us out of debt. However, the company only paid $7,682 in income taxes this past fiscal year. Meanwhile Trump suspiciously won’t even release his own tax returns for this year. How can he accuse immigrants for the lack of wealth in the economy when one of the most thriving businesses is paying only a fraction of what they should be? The answer is loop holes in the US system. The United States has historically created an ‘us vs. them’ complex for hundreds of years: blacks vs. whites, rich vs. poor, conservative vs. liberal and now American vs. immigrant. Yet who are we to decide who gets to stay in our country and who gets to leave? In reality, the United States was founded upon a hodgepodge of immigrants.
The upper class, and President Trump included, use the immigrants as a scapegoat to all our economic problems. The real issue is the logistics of the system and the loopholes our country has created for the wealthy. They create this ‘us vs. them’ complex to ease the guilt of taking shortcuts and having less fortunate, innocent people take the blame for our lacking economy. Donald Trump and his republican party can spit statistics of why they think immigrants should be deported, but don’t forget to take into consideration the other sides of the story.
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