The Land of Opportunity
By Amy Manzinas
For a country known for freedom, we live in a land where your dreams can bring you to your knees. “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?”, said President Donald Trump during a closed-door meeting regarding immigration. The U.S. holds over two million prisoners, making us the country with most incarceration in International Centre for Prisoner Studies. According to the United States Department of Justice (www.justice.gov), more than one-in-five of all persons in Bureau of Prisons custody are Aliens – foreign-born.
Given that communities across our nation acclaim to be victimized by illegal aliens (immigrants), the border begins to lock up people who just want the same things we do. Albeit allegedly the land of the free, we continue to treat others inhumanely. As Albert Einstein, an illegal immigrant, once said, “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” We become ailed to the idea of others having more chances at life. And without even realizing it, we deprive our nation of innovation.