This is not meant to say crime of any sort is excusable. It is a tragedy that the victims of crimes by illegal aliens could have been prevented because they were not meant to be there in the first place, but Trump is weaponizing a hyperbole causing people to be outwardly prejudiced.
“My parents run a warehouse where most of the clients they recieve are Hispanic or Mexican,” CHS senior Fran Jaubert said. “Almost all of them up and left their communities because of the sudden hostility they were getting for being who they are even though they were legal residents or citizens.
Not all illegal immigrants are Mexicans, and not all Mexicans are illegal immigrants. Mexico may not send saints over every time, but a few bad apples do not speak for the 12 million Mexican immigrants in the United States.
The reality is, Mexico is recovering from many years of corrupt politicians and shady government operations that have led to severely low standards of living. About half of all Mexicans live below the poverty line. A lot of my family lives in very poor areas of northern Mexico where the walls of the homes are cracked, the gates are rusted and the roofs leak during storms. Mexico is strongly divided between the poor and the rich, who, like many Americans, fail to have perspective.
Despite all this, Mexico is still beautiful to me. The beaches invite you, the mountains reach for the sky and the morning air smells like gorditas and hard, honest work. Mexicans do not wait for Lady Luck to kiss them on the forehead. They roll up their sleeves and do what needs to be done to provide for their families. They give although they may not have.
My Mexican brothers and sisters are not animals. They come to America hoping for an opportunity to have something better than what they got across the border. They do not ask for much, just for a little humanity. For the last four years or so, I’ve hardly seen any. Instead, I see cold cages where our Mexican spirit has been imprisoned.
“I had personally never been attacked until Trump became president,” Jaubert said. “I was walking home from school and this man yelled [a racial slur]. Even at school, I get these little comments once in a while about my ethnicity. That’s just what life in America has turned into for some of us.”