Immigration reform shouldn’t involve xenophobic attitudes
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 22:10
A recurring debate among many writers throughout the years at the East Tennessean student newspaper has centered much around immigration policy and its detrimental effects on our economy.
But many of us seem to forget how much xenophobia has become the driving force of the anti-immigration activists who spearhead the movements, bringing about the strict immigration laws we’ve seen in Arizona, and in many of the red states of America, where xenophobia and racism is rampant — almost like a pandemic.
We constantly hear the right talk about our jobs being stolen by immigrants and their constant displays of contempt for the American working class and lower middle class in general.
They show disdain for citizens who are less fortunate and receive welfare or food stamps, acting as if they are coasting through life will all the breaks.
Along with this disgusting disdain for the poor that much of the hard-line conservative base has shown is a xenophobic and hateful attitude towards immigrants.
This is only natural considering that the Republican Party has had a racist record in general for the past few decades.
They are also terrified at the thought of more minorities entering the country to vote against their bigoted legislation.
The reason many conservatives show such an attitude for the less fortunate and for immigrants is because they need a cop out.
They know that more and more Americans are realizing that it is not the immigrants hurting our economy.
They know that it is truly the mega corporations of America outsourcing jobs and making adequate living standards harder to obtain for working class Americans.
They are coming to grips with the fact that is not immigrants who are taking their jobs, it is citizens of their very own country that subvert our democracy and believe everything is for sell in America, including our elections.
In a period where profits soar for the top 1 percent of Americans, the lower class’s profits have declined.
And many are coming to think that it is not the immigrants, minorities, or even the Democratic Party that is responsible for these things.
Many Americans see the Democrats as their only hope against the greedy corporations and the hard-line Republican base.
They almost hopelessly see this party as their only hope against the big money in politics today.
So of all things, the working class does not blame immigrants for our economic struggles.
It is important for people to understand that xenophobia is not only disgusting, it is counterproductive.
By letting immigrants become American workers and consumers, we can actually help our economy instead of leaving them on the fringes for exploitation.
We can grant amnesty to those who have escaped places of destitution, poverty and war, which even Mexico has faced for the past years with its struggle against ruthless and profit-hungry cartels.
That’s comparable to the murderers who commit politically and religiously motivated acts of terrorism.
We could not only be a beacon of hope, but also a place of refuge.
It is important for the public to resist the right’s deep-rooted racist attitudes and xenophobia.
By granting amnesty to immigrants, we can stay true to our nature as a nation that is, indeed, a beacon of hope.
As a public, we should resist these xenophobic and hateful attitudes in our political processes and our political notions. This could hopefully resonate strongly with our legislative leaders.
America, let’s stamp out xenophobia!