I think in this week’s posts, everyone for the most part agreed that the way immigrants are being treated in America is unacceptable. Whether or not you believe in tighter immigration restrictions, the internal treatment of immigrants is rather horrifying. I’m sure that while Krikorian strongly argues for reform of immigration laws to better protect against terrorists getting inside the country, he wouldn’t shrug off the conditions in which innocent people are living right now within America’s borders. There’s just no way around that particular facet of the immigration argument. A few of my classmates made really nice points regarding this:
Hashubah says, “Security is a big issue for America right now, but I don’t think it’s a bigger issue than the dignity of every person, American citizen or not.”
yellow63 writes, “America is supposed to be the shining city for all, a beacon of hope for those who need it. When we look into the face of an immigrant, we need to understand that they are human.”
And ardenscor says, “Terrorists should not get into our country easily, but doing this should not mean treating immigrants as terrorists. Seeing life as war, and responding by treating all others as enemies, is frighteningly similar to that of the terrorists we’re trying to stop.”
All of these quotes put into precise and compelling words the main issue of this week, as I see it. It frightens me that America is starting to act like terrorists, as ardenscor says. It frightens me that hate and fear have driven some of our country’s people to treating others this way. It frightens me that we’re seeing people not in the singular category of “human,” but in two categories: “American” and “Not.”
Our class came to the general consensus that current conditions are, in one word, wrong. However, the solutions proposed had many words, and were mostly uncertain and confusing. This is a confusing, complicated topic, and I really think it’s unlikely to ever have a satisfactory solution, just from the way the world is. Nevertheless, just the recognition that the state of things is messed up means that things can change.