Immigrants Are Humans Too, Mr. Trump

Immigrants Are Humans Too, Mr. Trump

This hateful, racist rhetoric about immigrants being fueled by the Trump Administration needs to be stopped immediately

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For someone who is not too knowledgeable about politics, I like to be informed in what is going in the country that I have lived in for the last 15 years.

No, I was not born in the United States. I was born in Mexico, the country right down south of the U.S border. The country that is apparently is filled with criminals, rapists, and drug dealers. Although these are extremely racist, hasty generalizations about Mexicans, it is an idea that is fueling white nationalism to push mass deportations, violence against immigrants, and the need to keep brainwashing this country with a lot of ignorant and incorrect information.

The 2016 presidential election is one I paid attention to the most since it was the first election most people my age could vote in; their opinions soared since it was their first time voting for the person they wanted to see as their president. Also, it was the one that grew a lot attention due to the fact that a reality star and businessman who had no experience in politics whatsoever decided to run to be the next president of the United States of America.

On November 8th, 2016, Donald Trump was elected to be the next President of this free nation. In that moment, it felt like any freedom I currently had as a human being was about to be stripped away. As if I too, were one of the wicked criminals people should be afraid of. I was 18 years old, but because I came to the U.S to seek new opportunities that Mexico couldn't provide for my family, I couldn't voice my opinion and vote.

Since his campaigning days, Trump has constantly been attacking immigrants left and right. He is always preaching that the best solution to fix the immigration issue in the country is to build a wall across the U.S and Mexico border, and to deport every undocumented individual back to where they came from.

Hearing his ideologies and tactics were nothing more than terrifying which made me feel like I was constantly wearing a target on my head. His plans of immigration reforms constantly made me fear of my future in this country.

My legal status is something I have always been careful about sharing with others because I have always been afraid of the reactions especially with this political era we currently live in. But after Trump's actions of rescinding DACA, separating families at the border, and now planning to take away birthright citizenship away from children of immigrant parents, I feel like I need to speak up and tell my story.

I am undocumented but that should truly never confine nor fully define who I am. I too have feelings, aspirations, and make mistakes just like legal citizens and every other human on this planet. I have worked hard to get to where I am today thanks to the resources that are scarcely available to undocumented immigrants. This a scary time for immigrants as these inhumane policies keep rolling through but this also a time where there is high volumes of support to the 11 million undocumented immigrants.

So Mr. Trump, remember that America is a melting pot of immigrants upon immigrants and it is what makes this country thrive. Please keep your mouth shut and instead of constantly attacking millions of hard working individuals who want a safe path to citizenship start realizing we are highly important to this country in various ways.

Citizens of this country, I hope after reading this, you do your part and vote this rhetoric out of this government.

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I'm The College Girl Who Likes Trump And Hates Feminism, And Living On A Liberal Campus Is Terrifying

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

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I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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Dear Young Voices Of America, Stand Up, Speak Up, And Do Something

Our time is now.

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Dear young voices of America, I think we can both agree that we are sick of being told we are America's future while simultaneously being told our opinions don't matter. Now I personally do not listen to the people that tell me I'm better seen than heard; however, I know there are people that are a little timider when it comes to raising their voices. I am here to encourage you to be loud and speak up on topics that matter to you. There is no better time than the present to make your voice heard. Whether you are advocating for change in your school or the government, your opinion matters and is relevant.

We are the future of our country. How are we supposed to evoke change and reform if we can't have our voices heard? I call bullshit and I think it's time to take action. Even if you're the first or only person to advocate for your cause, be that person. Don't be afraid of anyone that tries to stand in your way. The only person that can stop you from speaking up for yourself and your cause is you. No matter how many nos you have to hear to get a yes or how many doors you have to knock on to get someone to open up, never give up. Never give up on your cause, never give up on yourself or the people you're representing, just don't do it. There is someone out there that supports you. Maybe they're just too shy to raise their voice too. Be encouraging and be supportive and get people to take a stand with you.

It is never too early or too late to start thinking about your future or to take action. But don't hesitate to say something. The sooner you start speaking up, the sooner you have people joining you and helping you, and the sooner you start to see and experience change. So get up, make that sign, write that letter, make that phone call, take part in that march, give that speech. Do whatever you feel fit to get your point across. Shout it from the rooftops, write it on your profile, send it in a letter, ignore everyone that tries to tell you to give up. Maybe they don't understand now, maybe they don't want to listen, maybe they're afraid to listen, but the more you talk about it and help them understand what exactly you are trying to get across, they will join you.

Even when it feels like you have nobody on your side but yourself, I am on your side. I will cheer you on, I will march with you hand in hand, I will write letters and make phone calls and help you find your voice. My life changed when I found my voice and yours will too.

So dear young voices of America, the time is now. Your time is now. Don't be afraid of the obstacles that you may have to face. Someone is out there waiting for you, waiting to grab your hand and march on with you. As Tarana Burke once said "Get up. Stand up. Speak up. Do something."

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