Millennials have diverse views on immigration in the U.S.

By Marissa Roberto
September 7, 2016

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“I believe that people have the right to choose where they want to live,” Treci Butler, junior history and second education major, said. “If the United States does not want people immigrating here, then our government should do a better job of helping the governments in Latin/South America do better.”

With the upcoming election, immigration is a hot topic between all of the presidential candidates, especially their plans on what to do with the unauthorized people in the country.

With approximately 11.5 million undocumented people in the United States, American citizens views of immigration have shifted over time, though some still believe that it is a negative effect on the country while others think it is positive.

Views on immigration, in the United States, are constantly changing. Even for Cabrini students, they have torn feelings on the matter.

“Knowing that there are that many undocumented people is so disheartening,” Sara Smith, junior political science and history major, said. “It makes me think about why are they undocumented- is it money related? Are they afraid of being denied? People are people and should be treated as such. There is no excuse for someone feeling unsafe due to authority exerting their power to intimidate those in lower positions.”

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According to Pew Research, the public overall view on deportation is not fully supporting immigration statuses.

72 percent of American citizens think they should have a way to stay legally in the country, while 27 percent were on the opposing side. However, they have found that in years past the greater support was for building some kind of wall around the Mexican border as well as getting rid of birthright citizenship for these people.

“The wall is an absolute ludicrous idea. I don’t even know how to explain how I feel about it,” Smith said.

Due to Donald Trump’s campaign, the talk of building a wall around Mexico has spread throughout the nation and has caused so much controversy between citizens. But is building this wall easy? It will cost billions, have environmental and engineering problems, as well as face the big issue of who is actually going to build it.

“Honestly, I think we live in one world, and that anyone can live wherever they want. The United States’ is one piece of this large world and I love to see more people coming together to coexist in one country,” Butler said.

According to The Opportunity Agenda, the Millennial Generation has an optimistic outlook on immigration. Many Millennials like the idea of having an increase of diversity in the United States because they feel the country benefits from it.

“Sixty percent of Millennials agreed that ‘immigration adds to our character and strengthens the United States because it brings diversity, new workers, and new creative talent to this country’ while only 33 percent said that ‘immigration detracts from our character and weakens the United States because it puts too many burdens on government services, causes language barriers, and creates housing problems,’” The Opportunity Agenda Reported in 2012.

Attending Cabrini University has really swayed students’ opinions on immigration. With Mother Cabrini being the patron saint of immigrants, some want to help carry out her mission to help others.

“The more I learn about Mother Cabrini, the more I think I came to Cabrini for a reason. Mother Cabrini is still helping today; her image is shaping so many people into being what she was. It’s so incredible and she is a remarkable woman,” Smith said.

The work she has done for others has really made an impact on students.

“I believe Mother Cabrini saw the wrongdoings in the other countries, which is why she implemented health care, jobs, education, etc, in these other countries, and it makes me proud to represent her,” Butler said.

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  1. George Shawnessey - Utah

    Here’s a partial list of Donald Trump’s History of Corruption according to Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture.
    – Trump’s casino bankruptcies, which left investors holding the bag while he skedaddled with their money
    – Trump’s habit of refusing to pay contractors who had done work for him, many of whom are struggling small businesses
    – Trump University, which includes not only the people who got scammed and the Florida investigation, but also a similar story from Texas where the investigation into Trump U was quashed.
    – The Trump Institute, another get-rich-quick scheme in which Trump allowed a couple of grifters to use his name to bilk people out of their money
    – The Trump Network, a multi-level marketing venture (a.k.a. pyramid scheme) that involved customers mailing in a urine sample which would be analyzed to produce for them a specially formulated package of multivitamins
    – Trump Model Management, which reportedly had foreign models lie to customs officials and work in the U.S. illegally, and kept them in squalid conditions while they earned almost nothing for the work they did
    – Trump’s employment of foreign guest workers at his resorts, which involves a claim that he can’t find Americans to do the work
    – Trump’s use of hundreds of undocumented workers from Poland in the 1980s, who were paid a pittance for their illegal work
    – Trump’s history of being charged with housing discrimination
    – Trump’s connections to mafia figures involved in New York construction
    – The time Trump paid the Federal Trade Commission $750,000 over charges that he violated anti-trust laws when trying to take over a rival casino company

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