Immigrants continue to be used as scapegoats for political bad actors. Some politicians and extremist groups have decided that undocumented immigrants are to blame for a stolen election. These ideas are harmful and foster a fear of immigration. Keep reading to learn more.
For the past decade, immigration has been a topic of choice for politicians. Many have used immigrants and refugees as tools to prove or disprove an agenda and it looks like things are not going to change anytime soon.
Extremist political groups have decided to breathe new life in stolen election claims with a twist: immigrants are to blame. According to these groups, undocumented immigrants stacked the votes in the 2020 election and are to blame for widespread voter fraud.
Not only does this narrative destroy the public trust it also is xenophobic to those who have moved to the United States in search of a new life. It also erodes the political landscape and robs activist groups looking to change immigration for good from having a platform.
The reality of voter fraud claims is that they are exceptionally rare. In fact, studies show that Americans are more likely to be struck by lightning than commit voter fraud. While it does occur on a small scale, modern elections have seen a sharp decline in voter fraud cases.
However, the sticking point with extremists is the fact that studies evaluated Americans not those without citizenship or immigration status. It is important to note that while undocumented immigrants do not have the right to vote in American elections, neither do many documented immigrants. Unless an immigrant has full citizenship, they cannot vote.
This means that unless voting places do not check ID (which they do) then anyone who is not a full citizen of the United States can participate in an election.
A Damaging Narrative
In the last decade and especially during the pandemic, the idea that immigrants are to blame for the problems that plague America is a damaging one. Immigrants work hard to navigate the convoluted immigration system so they can have security and stability within the United States.
Many natural born Americans are unfamiliar with the complexities of the immigration process or how long it may take to get a visa. As the backlogs continue to grow and harmful policies like Remain in Mexico leave asylum seekers and refugees in dangerous situations and without any support system to depend on.
What You Can Do
If you are an immigrant looking for legal support and status within the United States, Sintsirmas & Mueller Co. L.P.A. can help. Our compassionate team of legal professionals has helped countless clients reach their goals and forge a new path. These are uncertain times for the immigration system and while there are many who challenge reform, there are even more advocates who are pushing for positive change.
Our firm believes that everyone looking for a second chance deserves one and we work tirelessly to give our clients the support and guidance they need. Contact Sintsirmas & Mueller Co. L.P.A. for more information.