Why Do Immigrants Face Struggles

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Sonoma State University Immigrants Face Struggles and Fights For Trust Act Andrea Sims, Cheena Sakoma, Lupe Calvillo, Mirla Gaxiola English 100B Professor Jodi Simmon April 11, 2014 Crossing Cultures English 100 B Jodi Simmons 11th April 2014 Immigrants Face Struggles and Fights for Trust Act Millions of people every day decide to make the decision of packing up their lives in other countries to cross their new life into America’s borders. The American Dream is known throughout the world, and millions want that dream and lifestyle of a better life for them and their families. However, today immigrants are facing the opinions of Americans from both sides of the political spectrum. Some believe that our borders should…show more content…
A lot of the issue that many Americans are frustrated about with ICE is the people who they decided to deport. ICE’s mission is “promote homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration”(U.S. Immigration Custom Enforcement). Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been a big part of deporting thousands of people a year. ICE works in cooperation’s on some cases with the Department of Homeland Security and Operation Cross Check (Ward, vol. 94). They work together to target undocumented immigrants with arrest records and deport them and maybe some other illegal people who may be living with them to send them back to where they came from (Ward, vol. 94). Many people believe that ICE’s program is good because they’re able to catch criminals who are immigrants and it only does justice for a community. However, in Raul Reyes’ article he points out how many American citizens are being stereotyped and in an attempt of being deported by ICE. Reyes shares a story that states, “Alicia Rodriguez* was pulled over, for driving with unpaid tickets. Held by the police who thought she was an illegal immigrant…”(Reyes 1). Millions of Americans and undocumented immigrants face this issue of being pulled over for one thing, but sent into custody for deportation. Undocumented people are…show more content…
One example of an immigrant who faced a struggle against I.C.E was when Maria Bolanos called the police due to the abuse by her partner but instead one phone call led to her own deportation. Before the incident, she was fingerprinted because she was charged with selling a phone card to a neighbor illegally. “Even though police later dropped the phone card charge, Bolanos' fingerprints were the first step toward deportation proceedings” (Vishnuvajjala 2). This exemplifies that police were not considering helping Bolanos and completely ignored why she called the police in first place, which can lead to immigrants in fear and helpless if they were in serious danger circumstances. If police cannot help one's issue, what is the purpose of being a cop? They are supposed to protect and keep peace in the community, not stereotype others and assuming that they are illegal immigrants. In Bolanos' case, charging her for selling a phone card should not label her as a criminal, however later caused her to have complicated proceedings with immigration and custom enforcement agent to involve deportation. Police dropped charges for selling phone cards and understood that it was not a serious crime, but still they put her in custody while they searched her immigration status. This is why, “Immigrants, especially those perceived to be undocumented, are frequently victims of crime. Undocumented immigrants are easy prey because they are
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