In Bill Ong Hing’s article “Deporting Our Souls and Defending Our Immigrants”, he illustrates how the US government continues to deport “undesirable Asian” under their changing laws and policies over the years. There is a reoccurring theme that the studied individuals share similar experiences such as being deported for their criminalities, regardless of their time served.
It is disturbing to know how corrupt the US government is and how people continue to turn the other cheek to issues such as this. Although I do not have personal experiences with any person’s who had to go through this process (regardless if they get deported or not), I feel I have missed out on something extremely important in my life; in a way, this has to do with the K-12 education I received. In northern California, I grew up receiving a very poor education at the schools that attended; I was never taught about Asian American history nor was I taught that deportation involved a vast majority of people across all ethnicities. Instead, I was taught it was only a “Mexican problem”; the media thus furthered the idea that it was—clearly disregarding the history of Asian Americans in the United States. While reading this article, it angered me to know that “criminals” are being deported because of a crime they committed years ago; and because of the changing laws in America, they are getting kicked out of the country as if they are objects that are disposable.
This disturbing action that the United States continues to engage themselves in such as deporting immigrants back to their native land is a huge disappointment. It is a huge contradictory to what the nation is built on—freedom and democracy. When the government does not allow its citizen to participate in the democratic process, that is when one should know that the government is corrupt. It will do anything in order for it to get its own economical, social, political gains. With that said, which branch of government do you think we should tackle on first to create some change to some policies and laws that affect those who could face deportation today?