By Jesse Lopez
The border laws aren't changing much, yet new individuals seeking asylum into the U.S. from the Mexico border in Arizona believe that the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, is here to help them. Granted, he isn't holding kids in cages. Recently, the practice of "catch and release" surfaced again due to growing fears of the global Corona-Virus pandemic. Oh, and the cost of housing violators during this medical emergency. Otherwise, not much has changed.
Currently, immigrants in the U.S. may appeal for asylum within one year of their arrival date. Their request for asylum must be based on known persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution from their native country of origins; due to race, religion, ethnic group, or affiliation in a particular social group or political view. So, what's the deal with all this talk about asylum seekers, and why is it so important?
The former white house employee and trusted advisor to the 45th POTUS, Steven Miller, blew up and lost his cool on a recent Fox News interview. This act showed us that the worries the Republican Party holds and the tactics the Conservative Party has consistently used must be continually demonized rather than work towards unification. This allows them to keep the mental strain on those citizens who feel like they are "losing their country" to immigrants and black people.
If that were the case, former President Obama would have had eight years to give black people more privileges and rights than white people. Everyone knows, in our reality, this isn't what happened. Obama didn't really do much during his administration to help black citizens federally, and do you know why? Because at the end of the day, these tasks fall on local, state, and county elected officials. They are the ones who distinguish the data and population of each respected region yet never really come into the limelight unless they represent a controversy or get into legal troubles of some kind. Obama didn't enact reparations or provide free college to black students. So why are these angry white people still trying to maintain their world of lies?
It's because it's all they know. The foundation of this country and the Republican Party is based on FEAR. Fear, and it has always worked. For instance, on January 6th, 2021, the world watched as a few thousand mostly white U.S. citizens stormed the nation's capital with a mission to "take back their country." But from who? Other U.S. citizens from an opposing political party who also happen to be a more ethnically diverse population? Yes! That same population of people conservatives fear the most. The criminals, thugs, rapists, and murderers that many ethnic people are made out to be through fear of cultural equality. That same fear has many white citizens brainwashed and believing in supremacy.
Believing that you are more superior to another individual can easily create a feeling of importance. For example, let's take a group of three siblings. The oldest child primarily assumes and maintains an authoritative figure. When a younger sibling challenges their authority, the authority quickly reminds them how easily they can be overpowered or outwitted by the more developed and more mature older sibling. Understanding these societal norms can help these ethnic and racial groups in the U.S. create PACs that could help represent ethnically diverse citizens on a federal level. Because let's be real, no one person of color will come into power and remove white people from the face of the U.S.; it just isn't going to happen. Once we all understand this, we can go back to the true idea that started this country: I'll do me, and you do you.