To My Fellow Immigrants, I'm With You

To My Fellow Immigrants, I'm With You

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Throughout a recent course that I took in college, I have come to learn a lot about Latin America and all the struggles its people have gone through to be where they are now. The most important issue to me that we went over was Immigration between Central America and the United States. This is near and dear to me because I am a first generation Mexican American and fortunately the first in my family to attend college. I am very grateful for my parents and all the hardships that they have gone through to get me and our family to the point where we are now.

The main point throughout this unit in class that bothered me was how ignorant people can be towards the difficulties that others may be passing through. Many people often don't think about is what the people who are immigrating have to go through. They don't just decide to randomly get up and leave one day because they feel like it. So many things are factored into their decision, such as poverty, violence, safety, and family is why most people migrate to the United States or from one place to another. Most people are against illegal immigration because(at least this is what I believe) they don't understand the long and difficult process of migrating legally or the extreme necessity of having to escape your home country for another country in which so many opportunities are available. People don't leave their home countries because they want to, they do it because they need to.

The way that undocumented immigrants are treated is dehumanizing. They are shoved in warehouses with no clothing, little food, and into small spaces with large amounts of people. They are treated like animals, no one should be treated like that, especially after the arduous journey that they had to take. Everyone deserves the right to be able to look for a better life and to not be persecuted for it.

The border between Mexico and the United States is such a highly loaded term in illegal immigration. But I think that it is because the United States makes it out to be like that. I may be a citizen of the U.S., but I am also Mexican, and even myself when I go to Mexico am afraid of passing through the border. Legally nothing should be able to happen to me because I travel with a tourist visa but just knowing the types of things that can happen or that do happen to people at the border is terrifying.

It was very difficult to read and hear about the things that people like me went through and are still going through because our government is so unwelcoming. Minorities basically built the foundation of this country through hard manual labor and they are treated like trash. Even now in the present day, I don't understand how immigrants don't stand up for what they deserve, for the work they have done. We have strength in numbers and in dedication, and it makes me angry to think that I am here with an enormous amount of opportunities and aid, but America does nothing to help the other people, the undocumented immigrants, to share in this wealth that the country has. What is wealth if it can't be shared with those around you?

Throughout this course, I have learned a lot about Latin America and its numerous struggles it has gone through to become the entity it is now. Immigration is just a part of life and leads to globalization which honestly makes the world go around. Without these components, the world would be so bland, there would be so much uniformity and fewer advancements in our cultures, technology, economy, etc. I will always be a strong supporter of immigration because everyone deserves the right to be comfortable in their own home and be successful, or if not go looking for it.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Dear America, We Can Step Forward As A Country If We Stop Believing That Only One Belief Is Valid

It's time to promote unity and emphasize our commonalities because only through unity can we step forward as a country.

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Dear America,

2018 was a year of political strife and conflict. The left and the right fought constantly. Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for the tiniest mistakes, and there were only a small number of successful bipartisan deals. Politicians and citizens alike seemed more concerned with sticking to party platforms, even ones they truly didn't believe in, rather than compromising with the other side to improve our society.Yet all this name-calling and hatred — what does it do in the end? What does it accomplish?

We've only seen an increased polarization of American politics and an expanded hostility towards "the other side." We don't consider the well-being of each and every person in America and the bettering of our society, or the building of a stronger world for our children and grandchildren.

We spend so much time insulting each other's political beliefs that we forget probably the most important fact that links us all together: We are all human. We all share the same basic needs, the same struggles, the same moments of happiness and sadness.

And yet we are willing to put our similarities aside and only focus on our differences. We are willing to thrust ourselves into the deep anger and loathing that comes in attacking those different from us. We are willing to parry insults behind the safety of a phone screen and forget all about what makes us alike. And we are willing to gloss over the fact that we have more similarities than differences.

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Yes, political beliefs make a person. Political beliefs define the values, ideas and thoughts of a person. But sometimes, we have to reach over those beliefs, as hard as that may be, and focus on the bigger picture at hand. What will insulting someone because of those beliefs do? It definitely won't change their views or make them see things from your point of view.

It's sad and frustrating that this endless fighting doesn't even occur between two countries or two governments or two nation-states. Instead, we see arguments and strife between two family members, two neighbors or even two strangers, all living in the same community and under the same government, all sharing more similarities than differences.

We need to stop focusing so much on singular ideas. We need to stop believing in the close-minded idea that only one thought is the best thought. And instead of wasting energy trying to change other's opinions, we need to use that energy and time to promote unity and emphasize our commonalities.

These past few years have truly divided America. Let's make 2019 a year of unity, because only through unity can we step forward as a country.

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