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Government not accommodating

Government not accommodating

October 18
20:37 2010

OPINION

One of the biggest issues in the news today is immigration.

If you pay attention to the headlines, you can’t miss it — it could be either a discussion for or against the current foreign policy, or the latest on the crisis in northern Mexico.

The topic is so common that it can’t be ignored no matter how much you try.

When people think about the issue, though, they may get the impression that immigration refers to immigrants of Hispanic origin.

Of course, a majority of them are, but people from all over the world come to the United States to live and work. People from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe emigrate. They come with varied levels of education and income. Because businesses can be so abundant in this country’s capitalistic system, many of them come with entrepreneurial ideas. So, they come to start new businesses, and thus create jobs for Americans of all demographics.

Of course, there’s no denying that one of the biggest concerns for immigration is the crime that it may bring. However, there is no substantial evidence to show that immigration and crime are related. In fact, in places where there has been research done, such as in the cities of Arizona, American citizens contribute more to the crime rate than immigrants do. Honestly, I believe the crime factor is just a fear tactic for politicians to achieve their political goals.

I was born and raised in Texas, but my parents came to this country legally to work for a better life. Being a Latino American, I can’t help but feel strongly for the millions of immigrants who have come to this country for work and a new life. This is just my opinion, but the state and federal governments should do more to accommodate the millions of immigrants coming not just from Latin America, but from all over the world.

Pablo Arauz Pena is a pre-public relations freshman. He can be reached at p.arauz.pena@gmail.com.

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