We need to humanize immigrants to foster a healthy community

EDITORIAL BOARD | The Daily Evergreen

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As the rhetoric around immigration in the U.S. grows increasingly frenzied and polarized, the word itself seems to lose substance. The reality is there are millions of immigrants, many struggling for their survival, with dreams of happiness and security.

Political leanings aside, The Daily Evergreen Editorial Board believes it is important to hold in mind a more human view of the people at the center of this heated debate.

This opinion page, and the spread on the following two, are dedicated to local immigrants and their stories. Every person is unique and we cannot afford to lump together a whole group of diverse individuals because of our perceived notions of them. This thought process leads us to forget the living, breathing people who are seeking better lives.

However, with immigration regulations in the U.S. targeting certain groups, we need to do more than simply see them as humans — we need to stand with them and support them.

Historically, people have regretted ostracizing groups because they are different. Look at Japanese Internment during WWII and the Jim Crow laws. The list goes on throughout American history and the histories of other nations.

We feel we can break the pattern. We, as a community, need to show immigrants — people — they are important and valuable to our community.

In addition to these stories, The Daily Evergreen is hosting a panel discussion on immigration policy and experiences from 2 – 3 p.m. today at Butch’s Den in the CUB. The panel includes four local immigrants who will discuss topics such as sanctuary cities, the media’s role in immigration, the impact of immigration education and the significance of President Donald Trump’s isolationist platform.

We hope members of the WSU community will join us as we delve into these issues with some of the people closest to them. Regardless of personal opinions, everyone would do well to consider the implications of immigration more carefully.