Since the election of President Trump in late 2016, the amount of violence against the immigrant population has seen a sharp rise. Is he to blame?
As a child of first generation immigrants, it is heartbreaking seeing the increase in violence against ethnic minorities in the recent years.
Just a little under three months ago, two Indians were shot in a bar in Olathe, Kansas, one was killed. And just a few days ago, two Good Samaritans were stabbed to death as they were trying to help two Muslim girls from the man’s violence and racial slurs. And supposedly, Trump wants the best for this country? Increased violence against ethnic minorities and racial tension brewing where there was none to begin with. I used to feel safe in this country. And now, I have to watch myself at every turn, to make sure I don’t get insulted or discriminated against because of my skin color. This country is called the Melting Pot for a reason. Lately, I see distinct lines of separation.
The leader of any given nation has the responsibility of influencing it people and bettering their country. Ever since Trump’s election, it seems that he is focused on doing the exact opposite. Every speech, comment, and retort he makes, somehow turns into a scandalous media outbreak. He’ll say something one moment, and then deny saying it the next, citing that the media is reporting “fake news” about him. This is the guy we elected as president? And yet, his supporters are blinded by the promises he made during his campaign. One of those campaign bulletins, was to build a wall, yes a wall for the U.S-Mexican border, as a solution to the immigration problem the U.S has. As if building a wall, will curb the problem. His entire approach to immigration is a colossal mess. In order to fix a problem, it is wise to not veer towards extreme measures.
From the very beginning, Trump’s clear stance on immigration, has had a distinct effect on the American people. Whether he likes to admit it or not, merely saying that he’ll fix the immigration problem, and doing nothing about it, is not progress. By not acknowledging that violence against immigrants in this country is a serious issue, a new set of problems arise. After the two Indian engineers were attacked back in March, it took Trump six days to respond to it. Days after he was elected to office, a local Muslim girl in a Plano, Texas high school, was attacked by several boys forcibly trying to take off her hijab. And these Republicans? They seem to turn a blind eye to all of this.
Since its inception, the administration has run into trouble. From the choice of appointees, to the radical travel bans, the Republicans seem to have no clue how to deal with the fundamental issue of immigration overflow. If they continue in this direction, the violence towards immigrants will only see an increase. By then, the country might once again, experience another racial divide.