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How Illegal Immigration Hurts Latinos

Updated on June 15, 2016

Tomb of the Unknown migrants Holtville, CA

Cemetery for 'No Name' migrants who died attempting to cross the U.S. - Mexico border
Cemetery for 'No Name' migrants who died attempting to cross the U.S. - Mexico border

The economic and violent situation in some parts of Mexico and most Central and South America makes thousands of Latinos consider the chance of moving North to the United States. However, not a single person out of the millions who had migrated to the U.S. was happily willing to risk their lives and leave their families behind to begin dangerous journey. Everyone who migrated to the U.S. moved because of political persecution, extreme poverty, skyrocketing crime waves, wars and senseless violence. Deep inside Latinos are completely against leaving their families behind to venture upon a dangerous journey that often results in rape, death, extortion, kidnapping, and not reaching the U.S. successfully. Latinos agree that illegal immigration is wrong but so far it’s their last and only hope.

10th March of Central American mothers who lost their children to kidnaps and murders in Mexico. Those immigrants became 'lost' at some point of their long journey to the U.S.
10th March of Central American mothers who lost their children to kidnaps and murders in Mexico. Those immigrants became 'lost' at some point of their long journey to the U.S.

Illegal immigration makes immigrants vulnerable

Illegal immigration is wrong because it makes Latinos vulnerable to abuses and crimes. Moving to the United States is not as simple as the media and the politicians want everyone to believe; it is not merely climbing a fence or jumping off a wall. Before getting to that wall everyone talks about so much there is a long exhausting journey that has potential dangers waiting for victims at every mile. Hundreds of immigrants make it to the U.S. but thousands more never make it beyond half way. Thousands of immigrants die attempting to the reach U.S. Many others are victims of Cartel and MS13 kidnaps, extortion, gang rapes, and murders. Many females attempting to get to the U.S. become victims of rape and forced sex slavery, mostly women from Central America. Illegal immigration fuels profits of MS13 and Mexican drug lords, the more immigrants are victimized the more profit MS13 and drug lords make out of them. Illegal immigration hurts Latinos because it turns their pain into profit for criminals.

Illegal immigration tears families apart

Latinos are people who love their families and motherlands. In fact, the reason they migrate north is to improve the situation of their immediate family and loved ones. Many immigrants reach the U.S. with the purpose of financially supporting their children and spouses whom they left behind. They may remarry or have more children in U.S. soil but the distance and financial need that keep them away from their original family and children will always be a pain for Hispanic families. Illegal immigration tears families apart because the main household provider must leave spouse and children behind looking forward a better financial situation. In some situations children may migrate north leaving their friends and family behind to look for a safer place to grow up like is the case of many unaccompanied children migrants from Central America. Although children may find a new school, make new friends, and quickly adapt to a new life style some children may find the long journey very traumatic and other children may fall victims of MS13 and Mexican drug cartels. Illegal immigration thus splits families apart.

The solution is not building walls

I wanted to make it clear that illegal immigration is wrong and no one questions that, however it is the very last hope most immigrants have. Struggling to survive is just part of human nature. Also immigrant parents will take any risk and begin any long journey to improve the quality of life of their children, just like any other U.S. parent would. Struggling to seek a better life is in their hearts and as President Eisenhower stated, “You can't change people's hearts merely by laws”. No one agrees with illegal immigration, except of course the criminals who rip profits off other’s pain and suffering. In order to stop illegal immigration the root causes must be addressed and that goes way beyond merely building walls.

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