Discourse / Editorials / September 20, 2017

Thoughts From The Embers: Knox Dreamers are fighting alone

Since the 2016 presidential elections, the future for many marginalized students at Knox has been foggy. Undocumented students and students on DACA seem to be suffering the most. While specific legislations concerning undocumented Americans are still unclear, on-campus organizations such as M.E.Ch.A. have been pushing for better resources and support of undocumented students since 2016. We as an editorial board believe that the school must do everything necessary to protect our students, especially the ones impacted by the current Administration.

Students have been receiving emails reacting to changes in legislation from President Teresa Amott, but we believe the Knox administration must be proactive in pursuing the safety of our students, instead of continuing to simply respond to troubling announcements by the Trump Administration.

Knox prides itself on its impressive legacy as a leading voice against the oppression of marginalized individuals throughout our history. Founded by dedicated abolitionists, many of the original framers of our college’s mission served essential roles in establishing Galesburg as a station on the Underground Railroad.

Knox’s strong legacy as an accepting and progressive institution is truly worth touting, but we believe that we must continue to uphold this tradition as a community. We should be leading the charge in these movements and encouraging others to join us instead of waiting for laws to change and then reacting by joining up with the pursuits of others.

For the 19 undocumented students on campus, Director of Center for Intercultural Life Tianna Cervantez has been one of the few resources. Cervantez has kept in contact with undocumented students and has held workshops to help outline their legal rights. She has also pushed for “I Support Dreamers” and “Black Lives Matter” buttons to be handed out in order to remind students that this fight is ongoing. This also reminds us that this is not just a fight for the Dreamers, but rather one that the rest of us whose very residence in this country goes unthreatened must jump in on. We need more students and organizations pushing for direct action and transparency on issues concerning undocumented students and DACA recipients from our administration.

We appreciate the time and effort invested by all those who have been working to protect Dreamers all along, as well as the need for privacy for those whose world’s hang in the balance on this issue. We owe our fellow students the basic courtesy of devoted advocacy in their defense. So, as President Amott stressed in her most recent update on the administration’s stance on DACA, we encourage you to contact your representatives and demand that they protect our scholars and friends. We would also encourage you to demand an unequivocal defense of our undocumented students by our administration, not just rhetoric in response to continued action by the Trump Administration. By taking the “wait and see” approach, Knox does our students a serious disservice. They deserve better and we must give them better.

 

TKS Editorial Board

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Sep 21, 2017

What I find most interesting is the all out BLITZ by the Democrats, MSM, every faculty member at any university in the country are fighting to the death for illegal aliens? can you imagine the Democrats ever being this interested in issues involving citizens! There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. The MSM and Democrats would have you believe that all 800 thousand are not taking jobs Americans want (we’ve heard that lie for many years). This is another falsehood told to the American people (like the lie there just ‘Kids”) there not all picking strawberries they take good Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes,put their kids through college Why must the citizens have competition for jobs, education in their own country from foreign nationals? Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes. The GOAL (Democrats just haven’t figured this out yet) is for the American citizens to be employed, sending their kids to college, buying homes and paying taxes. It’s not the responsibility of the citizens of this country to support, educate citizens from other country’s.Deportation will save jobs and decrease the expense of illegal aliens.

The costs of illegal immigration.

*The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien.

*2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

*30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison—do the math.

* Using the Obama created program- DACA, 800,000 illegal aliens has funneled 800 THOUSAND jobs away from American Citizens.

*$17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

*$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

*$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food
stamps),WIC, & free school lunches for illegal aliens.



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