Since its inception, America has been a country of immigrants. People all over the world have come here seeking a better life, and a more prosperous future for their children. But many second, third and fourth generation Americans now believe that they have an exclusive birthright to this land, and that they should be able to deny hardworking first generation immigrants a say in our political system!
Many hardworking American immigrants contribute immeasurably to our economy and society, but they are nevertheless denied the necessary paperwork to vote. Immigrants on H-1B visas are forced to wait years or even decades before receiving ‘official’ citizenship, despite working harder on average and for less pay than privileged Americans with the legal right to vote.
Undocumented immigrants are treated even worse, and are denied even their basic rights such as healthcare, a minimum wage, and the right to collective bargaining. Under our current rigid legal system, undocumented immigrants have no protection under the law, except in a couple of forward thinking sanctuary cities. There are many political issues that affect undocumented immigrants directly, such as amnesty, employment regulations and border controls, and yet they are powerless to influence the political process to achieve outcomes that are more favorable to themselves and their families!
How can we be proud of a country that denies its most hardworking people a right to have a say in our political system? Are we not a country that believes in equal rights for all Americans? Undocumented immigrants and immigrants on work visas deserve to be treated like every other so-called citizen, and deserve to have their voices heard. Only then will their needs be met, their appalling work conditions be improved, and the human rights abuses they suffer be rectified.