By Laura Colantonio, Trending Editor
Especially after the national uproar with the United States Presidential Election, many controversial subjects have been discussed and debated by those with differing opinions. One subject that tends to appear in discussion is immigration. President Donald Trump expressed his views on immigration throughout the election, but his thoughts have become action through his signing of an executive order, which “purports to bar for at least 90 days almost all permanent immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries”, according the The New York Times. The discussion has continued about what is appropriate to legislate in regards to the immigration matter.
It is no surprise that the subject has been addressed by President Trump. Immigration, although it builds our country’s ‘melting pot’ of diversity, also poses threats to our citizens. Legality has shown to not be an issue for many of the terrorist attacks that we remember most. Although three of the four terrorist pilots in the 9/11 attack were illegal, Omar Mateen, who killed 49 and wounded 53 people at an Orlando nightclub last June, was a legal citizen and still pledged allegiance to ISIS. Another terrorist attack, the bombing at the Boston Marathon in April 2013, killed 3 spokespeople and wounded over 260 others. Although the two who executed the attack were from the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, they were U.S. citizens and spent about a decade of their lives in the United States. The truth is, as much as we want to assume making stricter laws on immigration or even Muslims may help the terrorist issue, it might not have the impact we are looking for.
The threat that immigration has on U.S. citizens extends more than terrorism; it relates simply to taxes. Not to dismiss the difficulties people face in their native, often dangerous, countries to get the opportunity to enter America’s safe bounds, but there are others in similar situations, who have the same goals while still making sure to go through the difficult process of getting a Green Card, VISA, or even citizenship. In addition to this, the people or families that do live in the U.S. illegally, do not pay taxes like all other citizens, while experiencing the benefits this country offers. It is admirable how many want to be better for their families and each other by living in the U.S., however it is a matter of fairness to those immigrants who put in their all to be model citizens and honor the law.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 7th print edition.
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