“Why does president Donald Trump hate my raza (Mexicans) so much?” I constantly ask myself this question everyday. Whenever I go on any social media, watch television, or even read a newspaper, there it is… All the hate. As a Mexican-American citizen of this country it truly hurts to see what Donald Trump has done and is expected to do with the whole exclusion of Mexican immigrants.
“Why does president Donald Trump hate my people (Mexicans) so much?” I asked myself this question again but this time on a more personal level when hearing the news about Immigration Raid check points (ICE) popping out all over my home town like a uber app when looking for a driver.
I received the first text message and I couldn’t believe what my eyes were reading, “IMMIGRATION CHECK POINTS ON SAN FERNANDO RD. AND VAN NUYS 2/7/17 PLEASE BE SAFE! FOWARD TO ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS! DONT GO NEAR THIS AREA!”
At first I wasn’t worried when hearing the news about the raids but when hearing news of them being 2-7 miles from my home was very frightening.
Early morning on 8th we received multiple phone calls from family members informing us that one of our uncles had been arrested by ICE and was being threatened to being sent back to Mexico for not being able be identified. This news struck pretty hard, my uncle is 54 years old has been living here in California since he was 18 and has done nothing but work his ass off in this country as a carpenter. Nothing has ever been given to him, he’s worked for everything he’s had so why? Why is he being punished? Taken away from his family, and friends, not to mention being mistreated and harrased for being a MEXICAN .
“Immigrant advocate groups claim that more than 100 people had been taken into custody by federal immigration officials in Southern California Thursday, indicating a “coordinated sweep” in arrests and heightening fears that Donald Trump’s promise to crackdown on deportations had begun to take effect.”- The Washington post
My uncle was one of the 100 that were taken into custody which is so crazy to think about. Many of the families as ours went to go protest downtown LA against this because it isn’t right. We need to stand up for our people! We need to use our voice before it is taken from us!
When the officers were asked about these immigration raids they denied and disputed the claim that the arrests were part of a more stringent approach, saying any detentions were simply part of “routine” enforcement activities.
“We know the daily patterns of people being picked up and taken,” Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA, said in an interview with The Washington Post. “There’s a natural flow of enforcement that happens every day. But this was not normal.”
Why are they doing this to my people? We have done nothing wrong to be so mistreated and alienated . This country is supposed to be the home of dreams “The American Dream”. People come here to work! NOT to Rape women, NOT to sell drugs, and NOT waste such a precious opportunity in actually making it here.
They risk their lives trying to cross over here wether its going under a small tunnel..
Crossing the lakes…
or spending hot days and cold nights in the desert with no food and very little water.
Many lives are lost in attempting to even try to get to the land of dreams.
Nothing is guaranteed here in the united states you still have to work for everything, they already have nothing leaving everything behind in coming here sometimes even leaving their families behind. So why punish them? We don’t get here and take all the doctor, business, or any top jobs at that. We come here and get jobs in the fields, JOBS that NO ONE wants to do and PAY very little. We don’t harm anyone, we go about our business and get things done so why are we such a big threat for you to kick us out and take away all that hard work just because you hate Mexicans. Its so inhuman to me.
Even though I am a citizen of this country I say us because that is my race, and I am very proud of it. Not to mention it effects me as well, I have family members who are terrified! I mean super terrified to even come out of their home. Imagine living a life where you don’t know if saying good morning or goodnight to your mom/dad will be the last time,or being terrified to go up the street to the store and being deported. I know that sounds silly but its a reality to some people like my family. Thats is not a healthy way of living, and many people live like this because of all this new fuzz going round because Donald Trump. We need to make a change and fast!
WE NEED TO STAND UP AND UNITE, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR RACE OR ETHNICITY IS! WHITE SUPREMACY IS NOT OK! DONALD TRUMP IS NOT OK! THE MORE OF US THERE IS AT PROTEST, THE MORE OF US THERE IS TO HELP EDUCATED THE IMMIGRANTS, WE THE PEOPLE CAN MAKE A CHANGE! A CHANGE THAT IS NEEDED! DONALD TRUMP WILL NOT BRING US DOWN! IF OUR IMMIGRANT FAMILY MEMBERS ARE TO SCARED TO STAND UP THEN WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION AND STAND UP FOR THEM! WE HAVE A VOICE! WE HAVE RIGHTS! WE WILL STAND TALL AND NOT GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT!