Are We Still “the land of the free”?

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Brooklyn Moore, Staff reporter

On the 28th of January America changed. The world stopped for just a moment, and when that moment was up anger burst, there was an uproar of protests, riots, and worst of all sadness. People’s hearts were broken. Families were separated. People were even more broken than before. The frozen faces and cold hearts still ring in our ears today. 134 million people were stranded with nowhere to go. With no home, they were abandoned by the so called ‘melting pot’.

Donald J. Trump stopped all the admission of refugees to America for at least four months. He banned everyone from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. People needing help, people who need money to put food on their family’s table, children who are uneducated, and people who are scared to go home. “…after sifting through databases, media reports, court documents, and other sources, Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration expert at the libertarian Cato Institute, has arrived at a striking finding: Nationals of the seven countries singled out by Trump have killed zero people in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between 1975 and 2015.” says Udi Freeman from The Atlantic.

Nothing has happened. We are scared of a chance, an image (see “propaganda”) that the government has painted to make us afraid of them, when in reality it is just fear.
We call ourselves “the land of the free and the home brave”, but we aren’t free, we aren’t heard, and are we really brave? We stopped immigration because we are scared of the possibility of terrorism and crime, brave people do not run away from change and differences, brave people welcome those with open arms.

Trump isn’t listening to their cries of help or our screams of freedom. He is blinded from the world of the poor, abandoned and needy. This law he passed is called an executive order; meaning that it didn’t go through congress, therefore we didn’t have a say in it. We need to scream louder, fight, harder, and get educated. Immigration is good, so be brave and stand for it with me.

Complaints about taking jobs aren’t good enough. We see everyone on social media complaining about their 9:00 to 5:00 everyday, when an immigrant would work at a desk job for the rest of their lives if they could because work means money, money means food, and food means happy, healthy children.

“Immigration also creates businesses. The Partnership for a New American Economy estimates that immigrants are nearly 50 percent more likely to start a business than native-born workers. These businesses create jobs and bring more customers into the supply chain, which in turn generates more revenue for local governments and resources for communities across America.

It is important to note that immigrants or their children founded more than 40 percent of U.S. Fortune 500 companies — turning their American dreams into American jobs. That is just one reason why high-skilled immigrants are so critical to growth” says Washington Post.

“Immigrants, we get the job done!” That line is in the hit musical Hamilton. It speaks for itself. Our country was created by immigrants. They came from England, Scotland, Germany, you name it. They created our government. They made us who we are today. They wrote our declaration of independence, they gained our freedom, and how do we respect them? By banning anyone who wants to be free and provide for their family out of our country.

Our founding fathers wrote our constitution explaining our divine rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They are God given rights that every man has when they are born into this crazy world. But how are they supposed to pursue happiness if we can’t welcome them with open arms.

They contribute to society.”One of President Obama’s markers on the path to citizenship is “paying taxes,” but most illegal immigrants already do so.

As Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia has reported, in 2006 an estimated 8 million illegal immigrants—up to two thirds of the total—paid taxes, including both income taxes and Medicare and Social Security taxes. Indeed, revenue from illegal immigrants is estimated at $11 billion a year to Social Security alone, and there’s not even a pretense of those payments leading to eventual benefits. And of course everyone who buys things in the U.S. pays sales taxes, irrespective of their immigration status. Undoubtedly, even more illegal immigrants would pay taxes if they didn’t have to worry about possible deportation as a consequence.” Says an article called 5 Reasons to Grant Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants. Why are we getting rid of them when they are helpful? We treat them like objects, not living breathing people. They have feelings, and families, and are just like us.

Even our own dear Lady Liberty says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these. The homeless, The tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden doors.”

Immigration is good. Make the world an US instead of a WE and THEM. Make us the UNITED states we claim to be. Make the world better again. Let them in.