Imagine going through your normal daily routine in the place you call home. Imagine cooking for your children, cleaning, going to work, watching television with your family.
Now imagine a brigade of armed government agents outside of your home looking to strip you and your family away from all you’ve worked for in order to better your situation.
This hypothetical is a reality for many who called America their home. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a series of raids this past weekend targeting approximately 2,000 migrants without documentation in the United States.
According to the Pew Research Center, there were 10.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States which only accounted for 3.2 percent of the overall population. The population of illegal immigrants has dropped 14 percent since its peak of 12.2 million in 2007
According to a 2015 report from the Migration Policy Institute, only 820,000 of the undocumented immigrants in the United States were convicted criminals and only 300,000 of them were felonies.
So, the claims that “illegal aliens” are such an overwhelming burden on the American people by “stealing all the jobs” and sending their “criminals and rapists” aren’t supported by the actual statistics.
Hardworking people and their children, who haven’t cause any trouble during their time in America, being removed from their homes because they haven’t gone through the proper channels, mainly because they don’t have the knowledge or money to do so, is indecent.
This sweep has struck fear into the hearts of people just trying to make an honest living and provide for their families. ICE agents aren’t allowed to enter into the homes of undocumented immigrants without their permission and many immigrant advocates have informed those who are targeted of this.
However, ICE has changed their strategy instead of waiting until the week started and catching people on their way to work or taking their children to school.
These raids only prove to be divisive and the antithesis to what this country was built on. America was built and expanded by immigrants and for us to shun a group of people who are dedicated to becoming a part of helping continue building this nation into something greater is counterproductive.
“Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” are words from a poem written in 1883 by Emma Lazarus inscribed at the bottom of The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of the “American dream” and all that it represents.
The poem ends, “The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
But with these raids, it appears that lamp has burned out.