Keeping Up With ICE

The purpose of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, otherwise known as ICE, has been one of the most controversial in recent years. Recently, it has been in hot debate with Democrat and Republican parties on whether or not ICE should be completely removed.

The right side, or the Republicans, call it outrageous, but for most people like myself it makes me question why. As a person who has both Mexican parents, I can not help but think that the reason why Republicans want to keep ICE has to do with their eagerness to stop all immigration from Hispanic/Latin countries.

Republican President, Donald Trump, has repetitively stated his desire for stricter borders throughout his campaign election and presidency. Some people believe it has to do with the President’s alleged racism, which is hardly refutable due to his displayed hatred towards immigrants coming from countries like Mexico. On June 16, 2015, during a speech he said “[when] Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, [he assumes], are good people.”

On the other hand, the majority of Democrats, also known as the left side which is known for having more liberal beliefs, claim that the government should abolish ICE. This idea to abolish ICE has been a phenomenon that was popularized by a writer named Sean McElwee.

Although this idea has some support, it is important to keep in mind that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a crucial job. Even though many people in the United States have been heavily affected by ICE, like having a family member be separated from them, it’s important to note that these people have a responsibility to supervise comes in and out of the country otherwise there would be chaos.

However, I do not agree with the uprising desire for deportation of the many immigrants who have been here for most of their lives, such as DACA students. It seems unfair that these innocent  people can not receive citizenship because of a strict foreign policy. It seems ridiculous to me that the system has made it so much harder to obtain citizenship today than it was back in the year 2000, when my own father applied and receive his citizenship here in the United States.