US Immigration: Melting Pot Meltdown

The topic of immigration has been so relentless since January, so intense, and so emotional that this post has been sitting in the hopper in varying stages of completion for well over three months. It is finally dawning on me that the tide won’t stop rising on this issue, and this might turn into multiple posts. So be it. Post one of  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ :

It isn’t hyperbolic to state that the United States is experiencing a meltdown of epic proportions since November 2016. Sure, we had giant problems to address before that fateful day, but the prior President didn’t surround himself with a wall of hate, fear, misogyny, xenophobia, and prejudice the way 45 has. It has been quite an emotional shift to go from hope to despair in an instant.

Drumpf’s focus on eliminating any safe haven for immigrants – no matter how law abiding – has been having a ripple effect since he actually took office in January, with deportations on the rise. It’s not just the deportations that are concerning, however. It’s the way they are targeting the law abiding, the young, the families, and the non-violent immigrants who are contributing to society instead of focusing on people who may be breaking some law. The targeting of folks who are in easy-to-apprehend places and sanctuary situations is critical to generate the unfounded fear Drumpf needs for his “immigration reform” to be seen as successful. Meanwhile, real lives are at stake.

I have Zaps set up via Zapier to cull articles on topics of interest for us (automation FTW!). The immigration Zap has curated almost 200 articles and notable mentions into my bucket for this topic since January 2017. That is an insane increase in the volume of deportations and the targeting of immigrant populations, and it isn’t even counting those rejected for asylum – I have “refugee” and “climate migration” both set up as their own topics, with their own articles. It’s daunting, it’s overwhelming, and it’s infuriating and hateful. I’ll present a highlight reel of stories for some common consequences of deportation, then some ideas for how you can help.

  • Deportation creates orphans. By splitting up families, separating children who were born here, legal citizens, from parents who came here to make their lives better years before they were born, we are taxing our own foster care system and contributing to the foster-to-prison pipeline.
  • Deportation splits families up. When one parent is a citizen but the other may not be (yet), deportation can tear a family apart. Children from this kind of broken home are more likely to become a burden on our systems later in life.
  • Deportation tactics used by ICE are designed to fool people, lie to people, remove their safe spaces, and generate fear and mistrust.
  • Deportation agents posing as police (ICE are not police, generally, though some police will moonlight for ICE) have arrested legal citizens as well as undocumented persons, offering no respite from horrible conditions and no chance to sort things out without vigilant representation from organizations like the ACLU.
  • Drumpf has tried to escalate the fear factor by taking a page from Hitler, publishing lists of purported crimes by immigrants (many of which are later deemed falsely accused, though those stories don’t seem to make the news as often). We were pretty happy to see that folks trolled Drumpf’s hotline with reports of space aliens instead of so-called “illegal aliens” – good job, America!

I could go on but I’d much rather point you to our immigration page, where we are busy collecting charities and organizations trying to help fight these terrible immigration issues right now. You can also download our extension for Chrome and Firefox (and soon, Safari) and see charities and organizations that are helping in the moment, as you read the news, then click to donate to help.

image credit Washington Post (featured image cartoon) and Ludovic Bertron (social sharing image)