RICHMOND, CA – Strikes and protest arise. African-Americans, Asians, Latinos, Middle-Eastern, Caucasians. Thousands of people in the Bay Area, most of them hard working individuals, refused to go to work or open their business today. In a protest the recent immigration events that have separated thousands of families across the country.
Employees and business owners solidarize to the pain and injustice that families across the country feel. The Washington Post reported that 100,000 visas were revoked by the United States just during the period in which the Trump’s Muslim ban was in place. How many of these visa holders had children or other family members in the United States? How many Muslim U.S. residents will not go back to their country to visit their families for fear that they will not be allowed back in?
Donald Trump has changed the way deportations work. Immigrants are now facing deportation for the most minimal offenses. You only need one misdemeanor for Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) to show up at your house. Don’t forget, you can receive a misdemeanor for speeding or driving without license. Laws differ from state to state but they are very similar. Immigrants in most states are not allowed to have a Driver’s License. If an immigrant without a Driver’s License, a working father or a mother dropping off their kids at school, is stopped for a burned brake light or signal light, he or she will receive a ticket for not having a valid license, and could be arrested at the spot if they cannot prove legal residency.
During Obama’s two terms, for a person to face deportation they needed to be found guilty of three misdemeanors or one serious misdemeanor, like domestic violence, according to NBC News. Even with the slight difference in strictness Obama’s administration deported more than 2.5 million people from 2009 to 2015(6 years) according to ABC News. It could be a lot more people during Trump’s 4-year term.
What is really troubling is a lot of the people being deported have been in the United States since they were kids. They were brought here involuntarily by their parents, to offer them a better life. People like this live most of their lives in the United States, and one day while in the wrong place at the wrong time, they were stopped for speeding. They face deportation. They leave their families, their jobs, and their friends. They are brought to a place where they don’t remember ever being, because they were brought here at such a young age.
A lot of these people are just good, hard working individuals.
One flawed system.
Supporters of Trump’s Muslim ban often tell me “It is for the good of the country.”, “I want my kids to grow up in a safe place.”, “One has to do what is best for our families”.
I do not disagree with these individuals. As a father and a family man I want the best for my daughter, but the issue is deeper than what people think. What kind of people are we? If we rather see millions of strangers suffering in war zones, so that our families can be ‘safe’? Wanting our children to grow up and become wealthy, meanwhile hundreds of thousands of children in other countries die of hunger? Who are we if we refuse to see that this country is nowhere near perfect, yet it is still the best country in the world? We as humans have the obligation of helping each other, even if we don’t agree with each other’s beliefs. That’s why we are HUMANS not INHUMANE.