The United States and immigration go hand in hand. The only people that have a rightful claim to this soil are the Native Americans, the ones who were first to notice the natural beauty that exists within the borders of the US.
The current most talked about issue in our country is the separation of families that are looking to "illegally" enter the United States along the southern border. The adults are now being prosecuted, leaving nearly 2,000 of their children in "camps" or "tent cities" in Texas.
NPR - Since early May, 2,342 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southern U.S. border, according to the Department of Homeland Security, as part of a new immigration strategy by the Trump administration that has prompted widespread outcry.
Here's the real issue. Nothing will work to deter illegal immigration. The Trump administration decided that the best way to prevent or at least slow down illegal immigration would be to enact a zero-tolerance policy in which they would decide to prosecute EVERY adult that would attempt to cross illegally, even those seeking asylum.
WHERE DO THE KIDS GO?
When you decide to prosecute every single adult that is trying to enter the United States, you're instantly left with a decision to make. What do you do with all of their kids?
If I commit a crime (Trump administration is treating illegal immigration as a zero-tolerance crime) with one of my children present, and I get arrested... Where would my children go? Probably to a relative if I had one nearby, but what if I didn't, then where? That's kind of the problem at the border right now.
Initially, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump saw nothing wrong with separating the kids so that the adults could be prosecuted. However, with so much backlash from the public, Trump signed an executive order that halted the practice of taking children from their parents upon being detained.
So if the children aren't separated, where do they go?
UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
During the Obama Administration, families would be detained together, and only in rare cases would a parent be separated from their child. Janet Napolitano, former Homeland Security secretary under President Barack Obama, believed that cases involving children should be handled as civil deportation matters, rather than criminal prosecution matters. (Fox News)
This makes all of the difference in how the cases are handled. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (stupid person in my PERSONAL opinion) believed that a "magic wand" was waved over families that attempted to cross and that those families should be treated just as individuals are.
Jeff Sessions (dummy)
UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
Have you ever walked into a store and noticed a sign that read "Shoplifters will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law". That's the store's "zero-tolerance" policy, reminding shoppers that there will be no slap on the wrist for stealing, REGARDLESS of the circumstance.
That's how the Trump Administration began treating illegal immigration back in April. The ones crossing the border would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and they could share their side of the story with the judge.
This instantly grew OVERWHELMING criticism as families were being separated and actually didn't slow down illegal immigration one bit. All this "zero-tolerance" policy did was make the United States appear heartless and inhumane... our nation has a history of being both.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO AS A NATION?
Legal immigration is too difficult and to be honest, if you can get in illegally, why not give it a shot? Illegal immigration is inevitable, and the only way to slow it down, is to make legal immigration much easier.
I know things are always far more complicated and complex than they may seem, but until the process of coming into the US is quick and easy, people will never stop crossing illegally.
I don't blame any family that decides it's time to come to the United States to seek refuge or for a new beginning. For the groups of people that weren't forcibly brought here or weren't already living here.... why did you come?