Immigration Discrimination

Protestors outside the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library before the Republican Presidential debate in Simi Valley, CA, Wednesday, September, 16, 2015. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)
Protestors outside the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library before the Republican Presidential debate in Simi Valley, CA, Wednesday, September, 16, 2015. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

Last month the first GOP presidential debate took place in my home town of Simi Valley, CA at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. I watched familiar streets fill with picket signs, many concerning Donald Trump, whose controversial opinions concerning immigration policy, especially towards Mexicans, have offended many, including the numerous immigrant or second generation residents of Simi Valley. America’s recent attitude toward Hispanic immigrants is not far from the intolerance of Chinese immigration in the late 1800s and the mistreatment they faced. They were turned away from jobs, mocked in propaganda, and eventually rejected from entering the country. So what happens next when Mr. Trump’s giant wall at the border fails to end the immigration problems in America… the Mexican Exclusion Act? Did our nation forget that nearly every single one of us is the descendent of an immigrant?

 

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One thought on “Immigration Discrimination

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with your comparison of past treatment of Chinese immigrants to Hispanic immigrants of today. This is a problem of racial ideology in America, paired up with an inherent need for someone to blame, namely a scapegoat. I believe that such racial ideology in America is spread by the news media, which blows events way out of proportion. The only type of Hispanic immigrants that are shown on the news are criminals, usually stemming from drug cartels. My mother is Mexican, and stated that twenty years ago, people began asking her, “Where are you from?”, as if she were an immigrant. This was a direct result of the news media exaggerating the number of Hispanic immigrants that came illegally to the US.

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