Latina in Trumpland

FernandaMorote, Staff Reporter

After the 2017 U.S. presidential election, chaos and fear have become the social expectation. Everyone has something to be afraid of, and Latinos are especially anxious to live under this next presidential term. As a Latina, I have never been so uncertain about my future and those of my fellow latinos. Why? Because President Donald Trump has ruined our lives.

On January 25, Trump announced the executive order titled, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States;” and so Trump’s deportation plan begins. In the press release, Trump declared that “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”—government immigration attorneys’ stamp on a client’s file to delay deportation—are unlawful and anti-American. The attorneys who grant these jurisdictions claim that they wanted to focus on deporting criminals while helping those who are just waiting for visas. Because of this executive decision, Homeland Security is a complete mess, according to The Daily Beast. With everyone scrambling to keep their jobs as attorneys, no one will get any work done and just end up deporting random people instead of trying to make the country safe.

Apart from Trump’s executive orders, latinos are faced with an assault of character-demeaning insults on a daily basis. Trump’s careless remarks about latinos during his campaign have dragged the truly despicable from their caves and out into the open. Violence, both physical and verbal, toward Latinos has erupted across the U.S., including people shouting hateful comments like, “Go back to where you came from!” Many Latinos who live in the U.S. are natural-born citizens, and over-zealous “Americans” are trying to take back a country that never belonged to them. They think we are so different, but the fact of the matter is that we even fall under the same race category. According to the United States Census Bureau, a white person has “origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.” Believe it or not, Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. Despite the lack of differences between us, there are still people out there who want to kick us out of our own homes.

Now these people are running the country. What does that mean for Latinas like me? It could mean being stuck in a perpetual state of fear and waiting to be processed as a U.S. citizen, or obtaining any legal status for those who really need it. Being Latina in such a world is possible, however difficult it may be, and we will fight back with all we have and persevere.

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