I wanted to discuss an issue that has me deeply concerned about the future of our state and country. In my opinion, recent TV commercials from some Republican candidates display the ugliest propaganda in our country’s history. These commercials put out the notion that all immigrants are illegal drug smugglers and should spend years in prison. They talk about the importance of closing borders. This propaganda is so scary to me. Rather, our children need to learn Emma Lazarus’ famous words:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
This country’s greatness is founded in diversity.
We have seen the Republican leadership forcefully tell us the lies about our fellow human beings that are searching for freedom, refuge, and hope in our great country. Rather, in a recent report conducted by the Cato Institute, researchers found that undocumented immigrants in Texas have a conviction rate 50% lower native-born Americans and has been decreasing over time.
I also listened recently to the Archbishop of El Paso’s comments on this issue. He stated that 100% of the immigrant families he has met over the past two decades are good, decent citizens.
I encourage everyone, enough of this hate-speech. I am fed up listening to lies about why we need a wall. We need to rally behind a Democrat and volunteer to bring back decency as to what it means to be called an American. We are called the United States of America, please unite or you will see more division in our country than at the time of the Civil War.
This issue is dedicated to all my relatives on the Baca side that traveled through El Camino de Rael, so I could have a better life. Thank you Baca, Segura, Chavez, and Romero.