The Life Of An Undocumented American Citizen In Trump’s America


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.


Al Jazeera makes a great point how someone accredited like Jeb Bush would have made sensible comprehensive immigration reform a major priority.


At the Mexican border, we need to invest in a large construction project of a different kind. I dream about us building a thousand grand arches, all made of marble through which our southern neighbours can pass on the way to this great land. Think of the jobs this would create and the example we could set for a troubled world.

Hanging down from the top of each arch, I see a sign with the following words of freedom written in large letters:

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.