This week we see two almost polar opposite views of illegal immigration. In Krikorian’s work, he goes in depth about the security threat posted by illegal immigrants. He states, “While ordinary people don’t need hearings to know there’s a link between immigration and security, a fuller understanding of the issue is necessary if we are to fix what needs to be fixed and reduce the likelihood of future attacks.” I agree immigration is a problem that needs to be taken care of if it is causing security threats to our homeland. Krikorian gives us the evidence we need to link the attacks and immigration. It leads me to the question, why can’t our government do more to keep us safe?
Danticat gives us another view. She and her family are immigrants, and they are here legally. She emotionally ties herself to the story reminding us of her father’s words, “Could have very well ben us.” Danticat is writing to argue for the sake of fellow immigrants who weren’t as luck. These people are being mistreated by the U.S. government. Can’t the government do a better job. We seem to have a history of punishing a large group of people due to the actions of a select few. We did this with the atomic bomb, WW II internment camps, and now with immigration. The U.S. really needs to do a better job at the immigration issue. They can please the arguments of Danticat and Krikorian at the same time. The government needs to evaluate use of security and use those evaluations to tighten up security the right way. I do not want to see my government use MY tax dollars to hold people that aren’t a threat and don’t deserve to be held.