Post #1

 

This immigration unit has made realize that there is just so much to talk about, anything from personal experience to legal policies. The part of immigration that draws my attention most is the personal experiences and thinking about the hardships.

I used to think that it is really important for immigrants to assimilate as easily and quickly as possible, but I don’t completely believe that anymore. When people come to the United States, there is usually a language barrier in the beginning. Learning English is an important part of assimilating into the culture and not being a total outsider, but there is a part of mixing cultures that is not completely beneficial. While it is important to not have a completely split up society based on cultural backgrounds, I don’t exactly think that it is ideal to have classrooms that are mixed. I don’t mean this from a racial standpoint, but students should be grouped based on ability because students should learn as much as they can in a school because the importance of a high school and college diploma is continuously growing. If an immigrant really understands a lot in the classroom, then s/he should be allowed to learn at a faster rate. Mixed classrooms can really slow down the learning for students who are more capable. Since education is very important, and a basic right for people, grouping based on ability, in my opinion, is very important. Immigrants deserve a place where they can learn in the presence of others with a similar background in order to put on track to be able to receive a diploma.

I think that everybody deserves a chance to succeed, and if that means going to a place like the United States, documented or not, then it should happen. When people abandon their family in order to make their lives better, they deserve to be able to maintain the ability to have a better life. Anybody who comes to the United States should be allowed to become a citizen and be able to legally stay in the country. If an immigrant is caught undocumented, then s/he should be able to go to court and prove they are a safe member of the society who will not harm others, but work hard to make a better life than they would have in their home town. While coming undocumented is against the law, I can’t exactly call someone a criminal for it because they simply might not have another choice. Arriving undocumented is not an easy journey, and it amazes me when people have the courage to do it. For that, I don’t really think that an undocumented immigrant should be deported because all of their progress would  seem useless, and chances are that their hometown is not in any better shape.

The immigration unit has made me think more deeply about those who are undocumented, and not letting me jump to conclusions on what is really the ideal. Assimilating to the culture in the United States has its benefits, but integration for the sake of integration really has some drawbacks. Coming to the United States undocumented and living a life with that secret is not easy, and people deserve the rights to be considered for permission to legally live and work in the United States.

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2 thoughts on “Post #1

  1. Hi, I think your points about immigration assimilation and undocumented immigrants are both worth-thinking questions. First, I would agree on the importance for every students accessing a good-paced and chanllenging learning environment, therefore, specifying students into different level classes based on their knowledge level is reasonable, which is basically what AP, Honors, and regular class do for us. However, addressing your stands of undocumented immigrants, ” if immigrants are caught undocumented, they should have right to defend themselves in the court and prove that they are not harmful to society”. I wonder about your idea, most of undocumented immigrants who are undocumented are financially unstable, (because immigrants who are financially secure are tended to move legally, going through legal process), therefore, hiring a lawyer to defend for themselves becomes unaffordable. Furthermore, if government gives immigrants rights to defend, won’t it lead to more coming undocumented immigrants since they tend to believe they can stay in US forever.

    – from Kitty

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    • Hi Kitty, the financial aspect of coming into the United States really did not occur to me. Some undocumented immigrants are fortunate to know somebody who is willing to advocate for them, and that can be affordable. However, finding someone who is willing to do it cheaply enough is not simple. You are correct that there would be more people coming to the US undocumented, but that may not be a bad thing. Citizens do pay taxes for them, but at the same time, the labor is cheaper so buying goods would be cheaper.

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