What I don’t understand about deportation is that this is the United States of America. This is a country made by immigrants to escape poverty and/or injustice in their mother countries. This is a country that promises freedom and the free pursuit of happiness for anyone that is willing to work hard, not only to support themselves but the nation as well. What does that say about us if we start denying that to others?
Not only that, but immigrants can only add strength to our country, just as this article so wonderfully illustrates. My uncle is in the homebuilding business, and he’s told me that it’s getting harder and harder to find manual laborers to keep his business going. It’s not just him, there are many other jobs out there that suffering for employees. More and more young adults entering the workforce are choosing to attend a four-year university instead of going into vocational training, apprenticeships, or going straight into jobs like construction or truck driving. As a result, there are a lot of jobs that need to be filled that pay well and don’t require a degree. Also, just like this article stated, the baby boomer generation is leaving the workforce. Without immigrants to keep filling all these jobs, our economy will take a hard hit.
I understand that those rooting for deportation might be trying to protect the country from terrorists, drugs, and crime, but if we just employ better immigration reform, we won’t have to worry about that. Most people trying to get into the US just want to make an honest living and provide for their families. That’s the American dream, after all.