Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Undocumented immigrants, an educator’s perspective

There is no doubt that the largest proportion of undocumented immigrants in the U.S come from or through Mexico. It makes sense considering the proximity of the country, our history with the country, for example: states like California, Texas, and Arizona (there are more states I know) used to be part of Mexico. Also, not everyone coming through Mexico, is Mexican. There are large groups coming from other places.

So where do the other groups come from? Let’s look at some numbers:

1.      6.72 from Mexico
2.      1.78 from South and Central America
3.      1.17 from Asia
Here are some specific 2012 numbers

2012 Country Populations
1. Mexico 6,720,000
2. El Salvador 690,000
3. Guatemala 560,000
4. Honduras 360,000
5. Philippines 310,000
6. India 260,000
7. Korea 230,000
8. China 210,000
9. Ecuador 170,000
10. Vietnam 160,000
All Countries 11,430,000

Why do people want t come into the U.S? Opportunity, and we should be flattered because that says a lot about the potential in the U.S, and there are enough stats out there proving that these undocumented people are not here stealing our jobs. Quite the contrary.

I am not going to get into politics, because I am not looking at this from a political point of view. I should also point out that there are whole continents missing from these numbers because somehow, they are not reported in the same way (save that for another post).

This is a nation of immigrants remember, and history is repeating itself; but is it for good or bad? Let us not fear each other, let’s just learn who are.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

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