Immigrants Fear Arrest, Deportation

By Hilary Vidals ‘18

Day by day immigrants live with fear knowing that they can be deported at any moment.

In the New York Times Breaking the Anti- Immigrant Fever it states, “Others, a large minority, lie awake, thinking about losing their families, jobs, and homes. They have tried to build honest lives and suddenly are as fearful as fugitives.”

This shows that many families are living with the mindset that at any moment anything can happen, and they can be deported without having any criminal records.

Genesi Almonte ‘19 said, “Immigration has affected my family, and me personally because most of my family is in the Dominican Republic and each day it becomes harder for them to come over here.”

In the article it states, “This vision is the one Donald Trump began outlining at the start of his campaign, when he slandered an entire country, Mexico, as an exporter of rapists and drug criminals, and an entire faith, Islam, as a global nest of murderers.”   

Trump has portrayed Muslims and Mexicans as bad people, as if they harm the society, when all they do is simply live their lives as any other person would.

Chelsea Nicole Moran ‘20 said, “I don’t think all immigrants are the way Trump describes them to be, immigrants are trying to make life better for themselves and their families just like everyone else.”

Not only does Trump portray immigrants as bad people, but U.S citizens feel that immigrants take most of the jobs.

Victoria Azcatl ‘18 said, “I feel that immigrants take the jobs that U.S citizens don’t take or want, so U.S citizens shouldn’t say otherwise unless they are as willing as immigrants are for a job.”

Just as immigrants fear being deported, green card holders are fearful as well, and they may even be barred from entering with Trump’s new travel ban.

According to the New York Times Trump’s Immigration Ban: Who is Barred and who is Not it states, “People issued immigrant visas become legal permanent residents upon arrival in the United States and are issued a green card soon after.”

This shows that they have a slight chance of being deported because in order to be considered a permanent resident of the United States, they need their official green card and they are considered legal residents once they arrive to the United States.

Since the first day that Trump started campaigning many protests have been going on. The protests have become like a routine in which many immigrants participate to fight for what they deserve and for the respect they deserve.

For instance, students feel that A Day Without Immigrants didn’t have much of an impact, as people would have expected.

Katherine Torres ‘18 said, “I don’t think that the protest “A Day Without Immigrants affected Trump because not everyone supported the idea of a day without immigrants since some of them weren’t going to get paid if they had to work on that day and also because it wasn’t advertised as much as if should have been.”

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