The Undeserved Deportation

Nick Ut

Sofia Cannon, Opinion Writer

Opposed to a staple of Donald Trump’s campaign speeches, immigrants are not the leading cause of crimes in the United States. Why do many people, including the president of the United States, have this thought? Referring to the Democratic party, Donald Trump once stated, “They want to have illegal immigrants; in many cases, people that we don’t want in our country. They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime.” This belief that immigrants, specifically from Latin descent, are violent people that come to the U.S. and are the main reason we have ”tremendous amounts of crime” is completely false.

Many of these immigrants are not criminals, many are not felons or gang members like  stereotypes depict. In fact, “National Research suggests that residents living in the U.S. without legal permission don’t account for a lot of crime,” as W. Gardner Selby, former chief political writer for the Austin American-Statesman said.

“More than 11 million undocumented people across the country – including up to one in ten adult workers in the state of California – [face a] threat [of deportation] in their daily lives,” journalist Abigail Andrews reported. Why is there a need to deport immigrants if they’re not being detrimental to our society, but in fact useful?

As Maria, an undocumented garment worker who has been residing in the U.S for almost 15 years, said, “As long as we [undocumented migrants] follow the law, stay under the speed limit, do the steps they ask for, not wander around here and there, not drink, not do drugs – I say that as long as one is doing what the law asks, paying your insurance, paying your tickets, then everything is OK. But if you go around messing here, messing there, or not paying your tickets, then [it’s not].” Many immigrants do not come here simply to commit crimes, but to make a living, meaning that the deportation system is unjust and dysfunctional. Deportations should be focused on the criminals, not the good, law-abiding immigrants. The government needs to realize that time is being wasted on deporting harmless, hardworking immigrants, and focus on taking care of the actual criminals that are hurting our country.

The fact is that America needs immigrants. As the director of Economic Growth George W. Bush Institute, Matthew Rooney, stated, “Immigrants made America and will make it again in the future.” Immigration was necessary for America’s growth in the past, is now, and forever will be. The U.S has several problems, but in reality, immigration isn’t one of them. In order to grow as an economy and expand our labor market, it requires people and immigration brings exactly that. Deporting the innocent people is, in the end, just harming the U.S’s economy and labor force more.

Immigration is needed because immigrants start businesses. The Small Business Administration did a study and found that immigrants are 30 percent more likely to start a business in the United States than non-immigrants, and 18 percent of all small business owners in the United States are immigrants. Small businesses are relevant because they create new jobs and are overall important influencers when it comes to economic growth.

Immigrants also bring a great sense of diversity to the United States. Their impact is huge in both cultural and social aspects. Immigrants are valuable in what they bring with them to the United States, like language, traditions, food, and knowledge. All these things together stimulate the United States and give the country fresh, new perspectives. People in the United States are able to experience different cultures and gain new ideas, which is a huge benefit. This heterogeneity plays a vital part in everyday life. From influencing adults to teaching kids about not only accepting, but loving diversity.

This cultural diversity creates inquisitive feelings of wanting to know more and exposing children, especially, to a variety of cultures and people can give them awareness, a valuable characteristic in today’s world. Diversity teaches people about different experiences others go through and different lives others live, helping everyone to be a little less ignorant to the world humans share.

With all the painfully obvious pros that come with immigration, it’s surprising that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is pouring so much effort into deporting a high number of immigrants. As the chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine, Jamelle Bouie, stated, “In the year since Trump’s election, ICE has become something far more sinister: a draconian force for harassing and detaining people who pose no threat to the United States or its citizens.” It makes little sense to repatriate people that not only have demonstrated to be harmless, but are shown to be unmistakably influential through adding to the population, starting businesses, and bringing the overall beauty of diversity.