Immigration is something that is always in the news. More so now because of President Trump’s opinions on immigration. If you read the news, you can see that Donald Trump does not approve of immigration, only if it’s a model coming from some Eastern European country that somehow agrees to be his wife. Since the beginning of announcing his presidency, Trump has discussed ideas about building a wall between the borders of the United States and Mexico. He has also implemented an executive order that causes immigration ban. This immigration ban affects people coming from every middle eastern country that Trump doesn’t do business with. This New York Times article explains in detail the people that are affected. This whole ban caused concerns, but people who were already flying in a plane when this ban was initiated really had trouble.
This past week in our Democratic Theory class, we discussed Bonnie Honig’s point of view on immigration. This is a topic that I’m very familiar with, one of the few that we’ve discussed in class. I, like many people in this country, am a first generation American. My parents came to America from a country called Azerbaijan, which was part of the USSR before it fell. My parents were Russian-Armenians. Before the collapse of the USSR, Armenians were welcomed in the country of Azerbaijan and Azeris were welcomed in the country of Armenia. For those of you who don’t know much about the countries, the two share a border. Azerbaijan being on the East of Armenia. As soon as the USSR fell, tensions started to arise between the two countries, and guess what it was about? The border that they share. The tensions came mostly from religious differences. Armenia is a Christian country and Azerbaijan is a prominent Muslim country. As you can imagine, the two don’t go well together.
My parents’ daily life became difficult. They would often face threats or be chastised for being Armenian. In the city of Baku, tensions became really high and and military action was called. My family realized that it was time to leave. Most of my family escaped to Russia. My uncle, and then later my parents came as refugees to America and somehow managed to be together in the same state. The story goes like most immigrant stories. My parents started work as soon as they got here and continued to work. They didn’t have white collar jobs or a mansion.
In 2005, my mom passed her citizenship test. There’s a newspaper cover with her, and many other people, on the front. The whole group was saying the “Pledge of Allegiance”. Because that’s what you do when you become a citizen of the United States. I wasn’t there but I can assure you that the whole process was extremely patriotic.
What I found interesting in Tuesday’s class was that I can relate to what Honig is arguing. In her opinion, there are four main types of immigrants. And no matter what story of the immigrants it is, there will always be a negative story and a positive story. Honig argues that we shouldn’t debate on whether or not immigration is bad for the country or good. Instead, we need to acknowledge that there will always be a positive story and a negative story. That really caught my attention. So many times, we hear something debating either for immigration or against immigration. There isn’t anyone who says that there will always be two sides. I wonder why Honig argues for that. I would think she would be the type of person to take on the positive side of immigration.
So, with the current state of the country, it’s a wonder of what will happen next. What other countries will be frowned upon by Trump? His overall political stride reminds me of a two year with a terrible tantrum. Always getting mad at someone or something. I will never understand why certain people are against immigration, but of course, I’m a little bit biased.