Let’s get one thing straight. The administration’s actions against immigrants contradict the very essence of their campaign slogan: Make America Great Again.
Let’s just insert a few facts. How will this make America great?
By deporting the families that contribute $12 billion in taxes annually?
By raiding homes and workplaces of the people that have contributed to the solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund and will add a net of $611 billion to Social Security over the next 75 years?
By breaking up families and criminalizing the mothers and fathers who have contributed $181 billion to the GDP of California?
Why would we take these steps when reforming our legal immigration system and making it easier for people to become citizens could add a cumulative $1.5 trillion to U.S. GDP over a 10 year period?
And, for my fellow Americans—Latinos included—that argue that immigrants are taking “our” jobs, take a moment to consider this: 750,000 undocumented immigrants are self-employed and have created jobs for the economy.
These are just the facts. America is—and has always been—a country of immigrants. Deportations and raids are not just un-American— they are a threat to our livelihood and economy.
If what we are concerned about is the legal status of people then let’s be brave and come up with answers that embrace American values and strengthen our economy.
Or...at the very least, let’s be honest about the intentions behind the executive orders and let’s quit scapegoating!