By: Pamela Paredes
“Mexico is not sending their best. They are sending people with problems-- and those problems-- to us. They are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. They are rapists.” I didn't know much about who Donald Trump was until I heard a small portion of this speech.
One of the reasons why he should not be president is his stance on immigration. Trump has this idea that crossing the border is so easy. In a July 8th interview with NBC News, Trump was asked when was the last time he's seen the border: “Probably three years ago,” was his exact words. When questioned on the possibility that the border has changed since then, he said, “If it was worse than, it's worse now. We don't even have a border, people are just moving here like water..”
This view is hugely misinformed. In fact, many people have died from immigrating. He has never dealt with the difficulties of immigrating himself, he doesn't think in different perspectives. I don't know how it is to move from one country to another but my parents left Mexico to come to the U.S. in 1998 and they passed through tough situations when crossing. Unless he has ever been in a position where he had to face obstacles to find a better future for himself and his family, he should not speak on the issue.
Even Republican voters have concerns about this troublesome candidate: “I think that he is not a true conservative, I think that the things he's saying now are things that he hasn't believed for a long time. He is all of sudden changing his mind about a lot of things. I don't trust him. He is trying to tap into people's anger and frustration and it's a big show to him,” said Ms. Carolyn Ruff, Samueli Academy Math teacher. What does it say about this candidate if people from his own party won't trust him and don't consider him a serious person?
Despite these concerns, many voters from his party do tend to agree with his views on immigration, leading to support in most recent polls: “People should obey the laws. People should respect our borders,” said Ms. Carolyn Ruff. “I think people should come here legally, not illegally.”
Why have Trump as a president if people think he will make wrong choices? I'm not implying that all the presidents are perfect; most of them have made wrong decisions that have affected the country, but Trump will make so many wrong decisions that will affect many people. Samueli Academy`s World History teacher, Mr. Devin Beliveau states that Trump will “make things easier for business owners and, as a result, harder for average workers.”
His comments about Mexicans show that he lacks cultural sensitivity and an ability to work with people from other backgrounds. Calling all of us with Mexican heritage, rapists and criminals is inaccurate and offensive. “Rapists. Criminals.” With these stereotypes, it will make it harder for Hispanics to get hired for many careers, because some bosses might believe what Trump is saying about us causing problems and raping people. He is creating stereotypes that people are believing and needs to be stopped.
Along with the damages done by stereotypes, there is the potential threat of many hardworking immigrants being deported: “I don't think he will make good changes, its kind of scary to know that there's rumors that he'll send all the undocumented people in America back to Mexico…” said Mariana Marquez, junior.
I, and many other children of immigrants, have hard-working parents who try their best to give us a good life . “Many people are leaving to try to have a better life for themselves and families,” said Mr. Devin Beliveau. “He is really far of what is really happening.” Trump does not realize and take upon how immigrants work. Many are hard-working, independent people who don't need the help of Americans to reach to the top. I know people who put their sweat and energy in jobs that don't receive the right salary that they deserve but, still bring money to the house to feed their families. Those people are the Mexicans and immigrants that Trump is criticizing, hard workers.
Obviously, there are people who will cause problems, but it's not just the immigrants causing problems, but American citizens as well. A July 2015 statistic from the Department of Justice shows that 42.9% of violent crimes were committed by white Americans, while 14.8% of violent crimes were committed by Hispanics.
Mariana Marquez stated “ .. I think it's disrespectful that he is generalizing in saying that all Mexicans are not bringing their best but I also have to say that some people that come from Mexico create trouble. But I'm not happy of him generalizing and adding stereotypes…. the people that he is targeting and buying over are believing these stereotypes and I don't appreciate that at all…”
Trump has created a separation that should not exist between immigrants and Americans. Instead of creating segregated groups in our society, America should be seeking to move forward to unify its people. That’s what our next leader should aim to do.
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