Another government showdown is looming. This time the hostage is immigrants. Those who seek a better life, refuge, dreams, riches, freedom. What ever their motivation many have braved leaving loved ones behind, poverty, perilous journeys and indentured servitude. Once here they face various new obstacles that depends on ethnicity and geographic location of settlement.
Hundreds of years ago individuals came to the New World to obtain a fresh start and the rest is history. But since the 1930s the altitude of Americans towards immigrants have moved from inviting to hostile. The issue of a shrinking job market has created many to see these hopeful citizens as invaders. With a willingness to accept lower wages citizens have been sold the ideology that aliens have adversely affected our job market.
Defining illegal immigrant or alien often differs based on political rhetoric and emotional attachments. Canadians and Europeans are oftentimes exempted from this list for more obvious reasons. While Latins have been grouped up as Mexicans and displayed negatively by politicians, media and the public. Needless to say South and Central Americans are not Mexicans it had very little bearing on how they appear in the publics eyes beyond the obvious. Bringing to like the U.S.’s love affair with skin tones and racism.
Fair skin is a premium in these the United States. Where darkies can expect to be treated poorly. A issue that is echoed globally in country after country. But racism is not the only factor.
Migratory workers in the Midwest and Southern states face Jim Crow type laws. Followers of Islam face stereotyping of being associated with terrorist groups. Africans deal with mistaken identity being grouped with Blacks who they share no cultural ties to. While Canadians and Europeans slip under the radar blending into the ruling class.
Our immigration laws have monetized the process. If you have thousands of dollars to invest, citizenship is at arms length. For those workers who are pursuing a fresh start, a conclusion to the process may never materialize. Consequently, this has forced many to slavery and indentured servitude for the opportunity to establish future generations of U.S. born descendents. One of our darkest secrets lies in our governments denial of such practices. Many of which are run by financial institutions and gangs.
Affluent communities have catered to another demographic of immigrants, those that receive visas and refugee status. Our welfare system picks up the tab for housing, education, groceries and consumer loans to non citizen immigrants. Most will never seek citizenship or contribute in any way to our economy.
When the media talks immigration it’s easy to think of the poor Mexicans crossing the boarder or the Asian business owner. We don’t consider the fair skinned Canadians or Europeans who blends into Corporate America’s elites. Also the African political refugees who become permanent residents of this country tax free receiving government assistance. To say a system is broken is to suggest the goal would be to process individual applications for citizenship. But in the U.S. money rules everything.
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