I don’t think I will ever be able to fully grasp why people are attracted to a Trump presidency. Blame it on bias, my liberal political stance, or blame it on my unwillingness to see the worst in people.
But what I don’t understand is why individuals who immigrated or those who are children of those who immigrated to America would ever support such xenophobic rhetoric.
As an Asian-Hispanic-American, I was shocked to find out that there are Hispanic and Asian people who side with Trump.
What struck me was seeing “Chinese-Americans for Trump” trending on Facebook the other day.
And even worse was Tian Wang’s question in the NBC news article: “Why would you like anybody who’s illegal?”
As if coming to a country illegally automatically makes you unlikable?
What a lot of Trump supporters seem to be lacking is perspective.
Tian Wang is 32, a freelance investor, and he hates people who enter the country illegally.
“Why would you like anybody who’s illegal?” he told NBC News.
I find it hard to believe that someone who is not a part of the majority in America (white heterosexual male citizen) would find anything that Trump says appealing.
I would think that the children of parents who immigrated or those who are even immigrants themselves (legal or illegal) would oppose Trump.
America is a tough place to live regardless of whether you’re a citizen or not.
Racism is alive and well, as well as sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc., so why are some minorities in the U.S. keen on turning their backs on immigrants?
The reality is that not everyone can come to the U.S legally, and that doesn’t make them “bad.”
People come here for better opportunities, to flee war, to make some money to send back home, to live the “American dream,” etc.
Why is there a war being waged against outsiders, when you or someone in your family was an outsider at one point?
I also don’t understand the hatred towards illegal immigrants.
They aren’t here to “steal your jobs,” and America has plenty of legal citizens who unfortunately are rapists and murderers.
Sometimes we need to shift our perspective to view the whole picture.
As a child of parents who immigrated to this nation, I can’t imagine ever feeling disdain towards other immigrants (legal or not).
If anything wouldn’t you feel sympathetic towards the plight of the immigrant?