By Katherine Segovia, Trending Writer
Since Donald Trump took office, many have wondered if he will keep all of the promises he made during his campaign. Specifically, was he going to follow through on the one promise that gained the attention of many of his supporters – to build a wall that stretches over 1,000 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border? The proposal of this wall, along with some of Trump’s first executive orders, makes way for an even bigger conversation about how immigrants, both legal and illegal, are treated in the United States.
Racist acts of vandalism and violence have increased since the presidential election specifically, from white supremacy groups celebrating Trump’s victory, according to Time. The article recounts an incident in Maryland in which flyers advertising a Spanish mass were ripped and vandalized with the words, “Trump nation, whites only,” written in its place.
Hate crimes against illegal immigrants have also been reported. In August 2015, The Atlantic reported that two men in Boston allegedly beat a homeless Hispanic man. They cited Trump’s anti-immigrant stance as their reasoning, stating, “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported”.
Trump’s response to hate-crimes committed in his name? All he had to say was that his supporters were very passionate. The Atlantic quotes Trump as saying, “They love this country. They want this country to be great again. But they are very passionate. I will say that.”
Illegal immigrants, however, are not the only ones who are mistreated in this country. Legal immigrants, who have worked to obtain citizenship, are subject to these micro aggressions as well.
In August 2015, journalist Jorge Ramos was escorted out of a press conference and was told to “Go back to Univision,” by the then presidential candidate.
In a video posted by Univision during the same press conference, a man is seen yelling at Ramos saying, “Get out of my country.” When Ramos responded that he was a U.S. citizen, the man responded with, “Whatever. Yeah, Univision, no.”
No matter how hard immigrants may work, it is evident that as long as one looks different from the rest, they are still subject to the maltreatment and ill thoughts of others who have not been in their shoes.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 7th print edition.
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