Before the election of Donald Trump, things finally seemed to be improving for undocumented Americans, with many politicians, activists and media organizations such as Al Jazeera, calling on congress to award documentation to all 11 million of them. But since the rise of vicious right wing nationalism and Trump’s hijacking of the White House, the freedoms, quality of life and overall treatment of undocumented citizens have taken a dive for the worst.
In Trump’s America, millions of undocumented citizens who have spent over a decade working and sending money back to Mexico, supporting children who are legally documented, and participating in government assistance programs, are now being treated like second-class citizens. Discrimination against the undocumented has increased dramatically, both in the workplace and in public life. Stereotypical rednecks with beards and baseball caps now roam the border states in pickup trucks, armed with AR-15’s, just looking for innocent undocumented families to harass. Empowered by Trump’s vile rhetoric, these vigilante bullies frequently detain helpless and destitute undocumented Americans and call the border patrol, who under Trump’s fascist administration now has no choice but to deport them back to the countries they came from.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with being undocumented in the 21st Century. Undocumented American citizens should be awarded exactly the same rights as documented Americans. We are all equal under the constitution, regardless of whether we posses documentation. The truth is, when whites came to America, they were wealthy and comfortable, and they used their privilege to build a first world country from nothing, on the backs of innovative and hardworking African slaves and Native Americans. So when the documented see poor destitute, hardworking Mexicans cross the border to live in the first world country that whites used their privilege to create, it shows whites up for how lazy and privileged they are. This is the real reason for discrimination against the undocumented, and it needs to end now.