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I can’t believe this is happening!! Do you guys even know what’s going on right now?? RIGHT NOW en este momento… The United States Senate is in session, deciding on immigration bills that will change the face of this country FOREVER.
They are talking about WALLS, MILITARY, MASS DEPORTATION. They are talking about establishing anti-immigrant systems, such as a database that checks social security, heavy fines for hiring illegals, but worst of all -Illegal immigration will become a felony, police may soon gain the authority to perform immigration status checks and DEPORT YOU… That means FEAR TO GO ON THE STREETS- A police officer could stop you at anytime and he will be forced to run a check on you. This is already happening in Tennessee. Just walking on the streets to go to work could become more dangerous than ever… If you could even find work. They are changing smuggling laws.
Depending on how police interpret them, if you are babysitting for a neighbor’s baby, and that baby is illegal, and that baby is in your home you could be imprisoned. If you are giving your friend a ride, and he is illegal, you could be imprisoned. Those are "maybes". Depends on the state government and the police officers. What is almost certain is that churches and relief organizations could be prosecuted. Shelters, day labor centers, churches offering services, centers giving food, they could all be prosecuted for smuggling.
Even if you are against immigration, you need to realize how much this will change our country. It will put us at very bad relations with Mexico, it will set up a police-state environment for minorities, pushing the United States back into racism. Yes, immigration needs to be dealt with, but it needs to be done humanely and realistically. Deporting 12 million people is not realistic, and establishing a state of fear so that 12 million people are pushed away into the cracks of the country is not humane. We need worker programs, amnesties in SOME cases, and a realistic way to solve this problem.
No one in the U.S. is communicating with Mexico on this. This is an international crisis and needs the right amount of attention. People need to listen.
Every year, 65,000 teenagers graduate from high school sin papeles. But they grew up here. They speak perfect English. They are paisanos, but they came at such a young age, their earliest memories are still of McDonald’s and Chuck E. Cheese. They came here when they were 6 or 7 years old, maybe 2 or 3 years old. They have been through the whole entire American school system and yet they can not work. If they are lucky enough to get into college, their degree is worthless.
They have done everything right and nothing wrong. Their parents broke the law, their parents carried them into this country. Why are they being punished for their parents?? Many did not even know they were "illegal" until they reached the age of 12 or 13. All of a sudden, their future is shut off, when they graduate high school they can’t work, they can’t drive, they have to struggle to get into a college. They are slipping through the cracks, and a little thing called THE DREAM ACT could save them. But it is not passing. It is not getting enough attention. Instead, the bills the Senate decides to focus on are anti-immigration only.