Still a hot-button issue, immigration is still a major topic for government officials. While most of the country is dealing with this topic in various ways, Mississippi has a changing landscape on its policies and there are very real stakes for many of its inhabitants under this new administration.
A growing Asian community is now becoming a bigger part of Mississippi’s cultural diversity and immigration intake and while there are some who are dedicating time to study it, such as Shaolu Yu, an instructor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, legislators and officials seem completely committed to focusing on immigration coming from Mexico and other Latin American countries as well as countries in the Middle East, despite trends and studies showing that Asian immigrants are coming more frequently.
In Jackson, MS, Daniela Vargas was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement shortly after speaking at a news conference on March 1. She is one of many whom’s lives are being changed by the mass deportations and raids in recent months. And with the Mississippi governor, Phil Bryant signing new legislation into law, banning sanctuary in the state, it seems that the odds are not in her favor.
On the other side, there are those who are trying to help people in Daniela’s situation. Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson introduced a bill to prevent her deportation due to her being 7 when she was brought here by her parents. Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas has been participating in the Mega March, protesting the wall President Trump wants to build. The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission has been advocating for reform and discussing asylum reform, headed up by Tiffany Graves.
While there is no clear sign of things to come, there are groups on both sides that are trying to do what they feel is best for the people already here and continue to set a precedent for others that wish to come to the United States.
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