The Issue Of Undocumented Immigrants

989 Words Nov 14th, 2015 4 Pages
When most people think of undocumented immigrants, chances are they think of Donald Trump.

Which makes a twisted kind of sense. The man captured the attention of an entire country when he started off his presidential campaign railing against undocumented immigrants, and has made a name for himself as a presidential candidate spouting off hateful drivel. It’s been a ratings boon for networks, a rallying cry for conservatives and self-congratulatory bonanza for liberals that have taken to Facebook to bash him.

It also indicates the massive blind spot this country has toward undocumented individuals and their experiences. The fact that a man who has literally no expertise in the area has managed to sustain a presidential campaign off of this issue with nothing but caricatures and fearmongering is symptomatic of a greater national ignorance.

The fact that a man who has literally no expertise in the area has managed to sustain a presidential campaign off of this issue with nothing but caricatures and fearmongering is symptomatic of a greater national ignorance.
The purpose of this project was to illuminate the root of the issue that has allowed men like Trump to inhabit the national conversation about immigration. When reporting started nearly 11 months ago, the idea was to address the Daily Bruin’s own blind spot when it comes to reporting on undocumented students and their daily realities at the University of California and around the country. As the months have progressed…
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