The Other Side of Immigration

I wasn’t sure what to post for yesterday’s thought-provoking post so I didn’t post at all. I remembered this video I saw on social media and decided to share it with you. I think as a society we are desensitized. We are used to seeing sadness, brokenness, hurt, pain, and suffering on television. So much so, that we forget the things we see in the news are about real people. Immigration is a heated topic and people have very strong opinions about it on both sides. This isn’t a black and white issue and I think the negative aspects get talked about more often than the other side of immigration. The sad thing is, I believe the side that isn’t talked about is the more important and most common part of immigration.

Immigrants are portrayed in a negative light as if the majority are criminals or they’re taking advantage of government sponsored benefits. Immigrant has also become synonymous with Mexican but immigrants come in many colors and nationalities. Many pay taxes, contribute to their community, live honest, law-abiding, and hard-working lives. The reality is most people don’t want to be displaced from their homeland. That’s where their families are from, their homes, lives, and ties are. People immigrating in large numbers is usually due to adverse conditions in their environment. War, drugs, violence, illness, and extreme poverty are all contributing factors that make people risk their lives in search of a better life. Don’t be fooled to think people just pack up and leave everything behind one day just skipping their turn in line to go legally and have a job and home waiting for them. They risk their lives in hopes of the opportunity to make their life better and not everyone gets that chance. Some lose their lives in the process, others are detained, taken advantage of, or kidnapped.

I think we need to learn to be more empathetic, embrace people, get to know their story, and be thankful that we aren’t fleeing our homeland in search of a better life. Could you imagine having to leave everyone behind and having the pressure of succeeding so that you could send money back to your family? It’s scary to risk your life the way immigrants do. It’s lonely to live in a place that you don’t know anyone and have to figure everything out on your own. They get taken advantage of, mistreated, aren’t appreciated, looked down upon, and their lives aren’t valued the same way others are.

I want to challenge you to imagine what would drive someone to leave it all behind the next time you come across someone you think might be an immigrant. I want to challenge you to be extra nice to that person, you don’t know what battle they are fighting or hardship they have. I want to challenge you to get to know them and their story. I’m willing to bet if you knew a little more about them, you’d realize what you see on the news about immigrants doesn’t apply to the vast majority.

11 thoughts on “The Other Side of Immigration

  1. Quite a sensitive and thought provoking subject Niki and I agree that somewhere down the line we have become hard and unsympathetic towards this lot. It’s actually dreadful to even think of the kind of responsibility and risk these people take. Your post is a great reminder!

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    1. My heart goes out to people that have to leave their homeland whether it be immigrants or refugees. I’m grateful I’m not in that position but refuse to be heartless and anything other than compassionate towards their circumstances ❤

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  2. I agree with you. There is too much of a negative perception of immigrants leaving for a better world in the times of globalization. We are not country-centric but global citizens, nowadays. It’s a dangerous world filled with hate and ruthlessness. We are humans who contribute to a country’s well-being, our adopted land. We often forget that everyone is an immigrant, no matter the fact that we are born in this specific country. You’ve addressed the topic in a sensitive manner.

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    1. Why should one be limited to live in the country of their birth anyway? I’m a citizen of the world and love and appreciate the diversity of cultures all around the world. No better way to enrich yourself than to travel and get to know the customs and ways of others ❤

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  3. I was just going to write what vishalbheeroo has said above that everyone in America is an immigrant and if we go back far enough, we’re all immigrants to the country we now live in.
    Here in Ireland and across the UK and Europe this subject of immigration has become so divisive and all the political rantings using immigrants to win a vote has just given people license to express their racism and bigotry more openly. It’s very worrying and you are so right Niki that we need to show caring and sensitivity whenever we can and look beyond the surface.
    Alicia Keys has produced a very thought provoking video on the subject. – https://youtu.be/v-1hpZzJpmg

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    1. I’ve always found anti-immigration in the US to be particularly hypocritical. We don’t have to go back very far in history to tell the story of when immigrants came in much more aggressive and invasive ways than the ones going now are… I agree, using immigrants as political scapegoats is appalling. Thanks for sharing, I’ll check the video out now 🙂

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  4. I think it’s dangerous to generalize people. It’s crazy to think all immigrants are one way or another. There are so many things that define us as people, to think that something like citizenship would be a big enough factor to characterize people is so limiting.

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  5. I’m white, educated, and middle-class, and (oh yeah) my ancestors ALSO immigrated here in the 1800’s. DIVERSITY (and FREEDOM) is our country’s STRENGTH! I don’t understand how folks can feel so selfish, and so threatened! (Shaking head…)

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