Immigration Reform: An important issue for the 2016 Presidential Election

If a parent is in the United States undocumented, should there be a way for their kids to legally join their mother/father?

This is a question that I have for our Presidential candidates.

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Immigration reform is the most important issue for me as we close in on the Presidential elections. As a daughter of Mexican immigrants, it is imperative that our next President gives the US a solid immigration plan. Immigration laws in the United States are quite complicated and are all based on numbers. Who gets a visa? Why do they get a visa? What about unaccompanied minors, will you be sending them back?

Each year, only 70,000 refugee visas are granted. Also, only 480,000 family-based visas are available every year. These are visas that one must apply for and can take years to be granted. But this post and my questions are mostly directed for the undocumented folks who are already on US soil. What do the laws look like for them? Will we be granting them amnesty?

I publicly announce that I for sure as hell will not vote for Donald Trump. Besides the hate rhetoric he is spreading in his campaign, the man has no political substance and experience. His political rallies are breeding and bringing to life the undercover racists and hate filled assholes that live in the US. He wants to send “anchor babies” back to their parents country. Under his presidency, I would be considered an “anchor baby.” I sure as hell will not be going back to Mexico, a country who’s culture runs through my veins but also a country where I was not born in.

Also, Hillary Clinton does not have my vote. Her sad attempts to connect with millennials are overshadowed by her previous political statements and policies. She is known for flip-flopping on issues in order to desperately get a vote. For example, in February 2014 when asked about unaccompanied minors, Hillary said, “We have to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay. So, we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.”

Now, on her website, Hillary Clinton states that she will build a pathway to citizenship for immigrants by enacting “keeping families together, and enable millions of workers to come out of the shadows. Also, she claims to want to end family detention and close private immigrant detention centers. My questions is: HOW will she do this.

 

Immigration is important because there are currently 11 million undocumented immigrants who have made it into our borders. They live in fear, hiding out and working in low-wage conditions and health hazard places. So what will our next President do for them? How do we solve the complex issue of undocumented immigrants?

This post was inspired by a book I am currently reading with my high school students titled, Enrique’s Journey. In Enrique’s Journey, we learn about the dangers of the Central American journey crossing two borders by foot, train, and the desert.

What is a political issue that is important to you? And how will you determine what candidate gets your vote in this Presidential Election? Comment below.

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