“We estimate that unauthorized immigrants represent a larger part (17 percent) of East Oakland’s estimated 90,000 residents than they do among all residents of Alameda County (about six percent of approximately 1.5 million residents)” (Marcelli and Pastor). To begin, a lot of immigrants live in Oakland. Why don’t we see them? Immigrants don’t come out in Oakland because they have no support, don’t want to go back to their country, and they don’t want to be separated from their family.
Immigrants don’t come out in Oakland because they have limited support. In the article US Immigration proposals: What’s in the Rise Act by BBC News, it talks about cutting the number of green cards given out each year. This number gets cut by half. The article explained, “Under the proposals this number would be cut; green cards would be given to just over 500,000 people a year”(BBC News). This is explaining that the number of resources are being cut. That is a lot of support but that is still not enough for every immigrant. There should be more resources for the immigrants.The key words in this quote are “would be cut” because that shows that the immigrants don’t get enough support. This will happen in the future and will affect immigrants. News source can be credible because they are a worldwide news source and are looking for news all over the world to inform people what is happening. The words in this quote clearly say that instead of giving the immigrants more support, the government is deciding to cut of the number of green cards giving out in the whole US. This quote is important because it talks about how immigrants are getting their resources cut. The fact that immigrants don’t get support is bad. As stated by one of my interviewees, “I don’t think Oakland has support for immigrant people”(man in Oakland). My interviewee used the words “I don’t think” which means that he has not heard of any supports that the immigrants receive. This quote is unique because it comes from a person that lives in Oakland and knows immigrant people and he has seen them suffer in this city. The words in this quote have to say that it is sad that there is institutional racism. Immigrants don’t come out in Oakland because they don’t have enough support. The fact that Oakland is a sanctuary city is really helpful, but that is still not enough. Therefore the government should do more to help and protect the immigrants.
Also, immigrants don’t come out in Oakland because they don’t want to go back to their country. In the article, Deported: End of the line for Undocumented Oakland couple by Mercury News, it states that the family that had to leave this country reported, “I’m not leaving this country defeated, because I graduated from the university and that was not in my plans when I came here, or when I was a kid”(Seipel). This is saying even though the person is being deported, she has not lost because she was able to accomplish more than her goals which one of her goals was going to college. Why do we want to kick immigrant people out if all they are doing is working for this country? The government is helping less. They are deporting people that have college degrees and having a college degree is really important. Similarly, the article East Oakland and Alameda County by Enrico A. Marcelli and Manuel Pastor it states, “At the same time, unauthorized immigrants are often deeply rooted in their communities – in East Oakland they have resided just shy of a decade (nine years) in the United States”(Marcelli and Pastor). Immigrants are laying roots in Oakland and don’t want to leave. The key words in this quote are “deeply rooted in their communities” which means that they have laid roots and are now part of the “tree” of Oakland. There has to be a way to keep immigrant people here. Therefore, immigrant people don’t come out in Oakland because they don’t want to leave this country,
Immigrant people are also not coming out in Oakland because they don’t want to be separated from their family. In my interviews one of my anonymous interviewees who decided to stay anonymous because of his legal status talked about him coming to the United States. He explained to me that he came with his parents because he didn’t want to be separated from them. He said, “My parents came with me”(Oakland community member). This quote shows that his family and him came here together because they wanted to be together forever. They would not like to be separated from each other. The key words in this quote are “came with me” because this shows that they always want to be together and would not like to be separated. This quote is important and unique because it is a direct quote from a person that states that he would not like to be separated from his family because half of the family is undocumented and half is documented. Additionally, in an article that talks about a family that had to go back to Mexico, it discusses not wanting to be separated from their family. The article Deported:End of line for an undocumented couple by Mercury News states that the family members said, “But it is hard to leave my kids behind”(Mercury News). This is an example of a family being separated because of the government. This quote is unique and important because it shows how hard it is to leave your family behind because you have to leave. This is why the government should stop separating families because families should always be together. No one deserves to be separated from their family. Immigrants don’t come out in Oakland because they don’t want to be separated from their families.
Even do immigrants do come out, they come out with fear of being sent back to their country. In the article, Oakland doesn’t Want Immigrants to fear the Police by Rachel Dovey, she states, “Citing fear of deportations”(Dovey). This quote truly demonstrates that the immigrants are scared that they will be deported so they don’t really come out. There is also support in Oakland for immigrants, but there is just not enough for everyone. There are many programs for immigrants and Oakland is a sanctuary city.
In conclusion, immigrants don’t come out in Oakland because they have no support, they don’t want to go back to their country, and they don’t want to be separated from their families. Did you know that “ Also, almost 70 percent of the unauthorized who are at least five years old do not speak English well, often limiting their social and economic status”(Marcelli and Pastor).
Abundis, Luis. “Immigrant Interview.” 28 Dec. 2017.
I interviewed Luis Abundis on December 28 about immigrants in Oakland. We discussed about Oakland and how Oakland supports immigrant people. Luis Abundis is credible because he has lived 29 years here in Oakland and has a lot of experience.
BBC News. “US immigration proposals: What’s in the Raise Act?” BBC News, BBC, 3 Aug. 2017, www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40814625.
This article explains what Donald Trump wants to do with immigrants. Some of the information included explains exactly what Donald Trump wants to do with immigrant people. This source is credible because they are a news source and are a worldwide news source and have no reason for making up news.
Cardenas, Ruben. “Immigrant Interview.” 28 Dec. 2017.
I interviewed Ruben Cardenas on December 28 about immigrants and how his community has changed. We discussed about how immigrants change communities when they get here. Ruben Cardenas is credible because he has lived in Oakland for a lot of years and has experience changes in his community.
Dovey, Rachel. “Oakland Doesn’t Want Immigrants to Fear the Police.” Next City, nextcity.org/daily/entry/Oakland-immigrants-fear-police.
This article explains that Oakland wants to support immigrant people. Some background information that this article includes is what the Oakland council made with ICE to protect immigrant people. This source is credible because they are news and the author has a lot of experience.
Marcelli, Erico A, and Manuel Pastor. “Unauthorized and Uninsured.”
San Diego State University and the University of Southern California. This article explains how many immigrants live in East Oakland. Some background that this article explains is how much of Oakland’s population do immigrants take. This article is credible because the authors are people that are going to college and are studying and doing a lot of research in order to create a really credible source.
Seipel, Tracy. “Deported: End of the line for undocumented Oakland couple.” The Mercury News, The Mercury News, 17 Aug. 2017, www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/16/deported-end-of-the-line-for-undocumented-oakland-couple/.
This article explains a sad story of a women that worked as a nurse at Highland Hospital for 15 years. Some background information that this article illustrates is that the women and her family got denied legal documents. This article is credible because this was a true story that was all over the news.
“U.S. Immigrant Population and Share over Time, 1850-Present.” Migrationpolicy.org, 5 Jan. 2018, www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/data-hub/charts/immigrant-population-over-time.
This article explains how many immigrant people live in the US. This includes a graph which gives the reader a visual idea of how many immigrant people live in this country and how that number has changed over the years. This source is credible because they are recording how many immigrant people are here and are always collecting data to give an idea of how many immigrant people are here and how many people will have to leave if Donald Trump decides to kick all of the immigrants out.
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