I never realized how an immigrant’s struggle is prolonged due to lack of acceptance from their new country. I always thought an immigrant’s journey was so difficult, and they have to assimilate into a whole new culture, but I really never knew about how countries like the US just use immigrants for labor, but don’t always give them the stable life they are searching for. In some cases, immigrants aren’t even treated as people, just as economic burdens on society. The US even used immigrants as soldiers in World War II and did not give them anything in return and instead sent many back to the dangers or poverty they were fleeing. I was also shocked how long this has been going on. Although there used to be times where Mexicans were accepted into the US, they were only welcomed as temporary guest workers. Mexicans today just expect the racism and discrimination that they will face in America. The fact that Trump’s statements on immigration did not surprise them at all, and they were already used to it was also surprising to me. It made me realize how little I know about immigration into my own country, but now learning about it, I see how a lot of their struggles in the US are based on the reactions of the citizens and how we choose to treat them.
I had always just thought about how people are fleeing hardships and then when they get here it should all be better than that. In reality, these people are fighting so hard to leave oppression, violence, or extreme poverty to try to create a whole new life almost completely alone. They are divided, with some of them stuck where they came from and then others in the new country. I also never thought about the lack of choice in immigration for children, who are just thrown into a new country by their parents against their will to start a new life away from all of their friends and everything they have always known. The cultural differences isolate these immigrants so that even when they are living with American relatives they still feel alone and stuck in a place in between two lives until they can figure out how to make a new life for themselves. The only idea really affirmed by further learning on immigration is that it is an extremely difficult process and that even when you leave an unstable life there is a long journey to a new country where you have to start almost completely over.