This phrase bothers me for a lot of reasons. Firstly, the harshness of saying that a human being is “illegal” can take a major toll on immigrants who come into this country undocumented. They’re trying to find a better life and discrimination against them doesn’t make living here any easier.
This is another reason why I think immigration laws should be a lot less cruel. There wouldn’t be so many undocumented immigrants if the laws to become an American citizen were easier.
Undocumented immigrants contribute greatly to society. There are so many accomplished people who came into this country unregistered, such as John Lennon and Michael J. Fox. Not all unregistered immigrants are celebrities, there are also those who do the grueling manual labor that so many of us do not wish to do.
There are a lot of financial problems that come into immigrant’s lives. Yes, some of them live off of welfare or contributions. A lot of people complain about that. But do those people realize the only way to fix this problem would be to help immigrants become citizens and pay them a decent wage for their work?
There is a lot of hypocrisy when it comes to immigration. Many immigrants get jobs at companies to help produce their goods, or in the fields helping harvest our food. American citizens complain about the amount of immigrants, but they do not realize how immigrants make their lives easier.
Immigrants have to face discrimination in real life every day, whether it be at work or in their own neighborhoods, and that is not okay. The stigma around immigration needs to be fixed.
With all of the discrimination and hatred against immigrants, it would help make their lives a bit better by just changing the way we talk about them. Respect is a good thing to have, and if it means just changing illegal to undocumented then it’s worth it.