by Ashley Frago '19
What makes a good leader, and what factors are taken into consideration when casting the ballot for nominated officials? I have pondered over this question many times, not only over the course of Donald Trump’s presidency, but also most recently with the midterm elections. Particularly, in relation to the political, social, and economic issues that have risen since his election and the way in which these things have been handled by our country’s leaders makes me wonder if our country’s values of “liberty and justice for all” are truly respected by all. Especially with the caravan of immigrants aiming to enter the United States, many Americans, including our own president, have not demonstrated the respect and consideration that is expected from a person in such a high position of authority.
Currently, with roughly five to seven thousand people expected to be a part of the caravan, the reactions they have received from people cognizant of the situation have not been welcoming. In addition, not only have they suffered and been threatened, but also, they have been accused of being criminals by our own President. While I partially understand why many Americans may not want people to be entering the country illegally, these people must understand that there are two parts to every story, and that whether or not someone should enter a country does not give anyone the right to treat another person as if they were not deserving of the same dignity and respect. Whenever I am watching the news and this topic arises, often what I hear from those in opposition of the caravan is that the people fleeing their countries are criminals who will bring more crime into the U.S or that they are taking American jobs. This last part particularly frustrates me because when people say that immigrants are taking American jobs, what they should realize is that immigrants are taking the jobs that Americans in the United States DON’T WANT. If we are being realistic, it is very rare to see a person not of color working in maintenance, cleaning services, child care, or garbage pickup. In our own schools, the majority of those working in our lunchrooms and cleaning our classrooms are all people who came to this country not because they want to steal the jobs of others, but because their own countries are too unstable to be able to provide them with the same opportunities or any opportunities at all.
Therefore, I believe that if people like Trump and his supporters really want to diminish illegal immigration and prevent more caravans from entering the United States, then they need to stop attacking these migrants by spreading inaccurate information and actually act by providing support for the countries that truly need it.