A Nation of Immigrants

By Aniya Williams

 

Government shutdowns, Dreamers, wall building, merit based, vetted. . .The media is flooded with all of the buzzwords lately, but one major aspect is often ignored: the people.  

As people debate whether President Trump called places in Africa $@!# Holes or whether or not President Obama had the executive right in 2012 to provide protection to the “Dreamers” who were brought illegally to our country as children,  many forget that we are debating about human beings.

Each one has a face.  Each one has a story.

Thurston High School Senior Golda Amizaa told me her story.

Golda is from Ghana where she lived until she was 13 years old.

Her Mother had the chance to come to the United States after being chosen from a visa lottery.  

According to the American Immigration Center, “The Diversity Visa Lottery, more commonly known as the Green Card Lottery, is a chance for anyone from qualifying countries to get their green card. The DV lottery is designed to ensure plenty of diversity in US immigration, so only individuals from countries underrepresented in US immigration are usually allowed to apply.”

With her suprising new opportunity, Golda’s mom entrusted her daughter with her her grandparents while she headed to America.  Golda was two years old.

Golda was left behind to live with her grandparents until the year 2013. She goes back to Ghana every year to visit because she still has friends and family there.

Although Trump denies ever criticizing countries in Africa, Golda said. “ I feel sorry for Trump because he needs to expand his knowledge about other cultures and countries considering he is the president. Obviously he is xenophobic,” Golda said.

Xenophobia is the irrational fear of people from other countries.

Golda also wants Trump to think before he tweets and to become informed.

Legal Immigration makes America great for so many reasons.  Here are just a few points:

  • It  fuels our economy by improving employment and productivity.
  • What people don’t realize is that immigrants create a new population of people who buys things. The more people who  come to America, the more businesses expand because they have more people who are interested in buying whatever they are advertising.
  • There is a struggle now in America of filling jobs. Not having enough workers because some Americans are not willing to do all the needed jobs is a huge problem.  That’s where immigrants step in.
  • Above all, it gives people who want the chance to better their lives a chance to do so.

Last week, Golda earned her American citizenship.  With almost a perfect 4.0 gpa, Golda will  make both her countries proud.