Sunday, February 1, 2015

Caught in the Cross-Hares

             The United States institutes policy that is allegedly at best interest of the United States.  However, there are certain aspects of policy, I believe, are not at best interest of the United States, more specifically its citizens and those inhabiting the US.  When considering the atrocities against human lives brought on by US immigration policy and the militarization of the police, I personally find that the US needs to change its policy.
             Foremost, immigration is a hot topic in US culture.  As per the status quo, many would-be-immigrants are denied entrance into the country.  Statistics between conservative and liberal sources vary immensely about the number of undocumented immigrants and about who these people are.  Commonly in the media, (mostly conservative sources) attack the "illegal immigrants" for drug trafficking.  To reduce this trafficking and fight the "war on drugs", US policy calls for stronger border patrol and deportation of "illegal immigrants".  Truth be told, this is primarily assumption on behalf of the conservative sources.  In fact, the US Chamber of Commerce published statistics and facts about immigration from the US-Mexican border.  Most undocumented immigrants are not drug-traffickers but are in fact trying to escape the drug-trafficking present.  Most undocumented immigrants cannot find jobs in their country;so they come to the US to work to be underpaid for excessive hours under brutal conditions.  The increased border patrol and visa inefficiencies create problems in distinguishing between drug-traffickers and those looking to better their family's lives.  These immigrants actually help create jobs in higher positions, not take them.  Lastly, about 97% of these undocumented workers, who have faced squalid conditions and racial discrimination within our country, still want to be US citizens.
            Personally, I am disgusted by the treatment of this issue.  "Oh, but they don't pay taxes." They pay sales tax on everything they buy.  Besides, undocumented immigrants come to work (which is economically good) and make a living within our country (that means buying things, which is also economically good).  It never truly hit me what it meant to be undocumented.  After learning about this, it means you can't get a driver's license.  It's so ingrained in my head that every adult has a driver's license, and that everyone has the capacity to drive.  That isn't the case!!  Public transit and walking are the only legal options! To understand that undocumented immigrants have to go through so much just saddens me.  I can't do much, but I will do this.  Stop saying "illegal immigrants".  It sounds horribly negative and perpetuates racial stereotypes.  Instead, say undocumented immigrants, okay?
           Secondly, there is a massive issue of police militarization within our country.  The military is giving weapons to police to fight the, you guessed it, "war on drugs".  Now, I am not that educated about the issue at hand, but I can definitely say it is an issue.  Police forces across the nation are being upgraded military-wise with more lethal weapons.  I do know of a small town in Georgia that received a tank.  Why on earth would police need a tank??  That has to be destroying America's already broken roads, and instilling fear into all US citizens, including the innocent.  I do not know much about this issue, but I do know that you should never overpower a force.  After the Manhattan project, the US was in about 40 years of tension with nuclear war at risk.  Why are we letting the same build-up of militarism happen at a local level?
           As a skinny white boy, I'm terrified of the police with this stuff going on!! and who wouldn't be!  The scary part is: acting nervous gives suspicion for the police to investigate.  What I do know is that people will feel scared about being investigated and act like they did something wrong, even though they did not.  Psychology is a powerful thing, just like the assault rifles that make me not want to go out anymore (yeah, like I wanted to from the beginning) (what is the beginning? My mom's uterus? This is getting off topic!!)
           My point is: people are getting caught in the cross-hares of this war on drugs; weapons are escalating, but responsibility is not.  Military soldiers with military training receive military weapons, and now so are snipers at the border and possibly my school resource officer.  Please, show some respect to other people, and understand that bigger guns do not solve our problems.

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