Should Baltimore join the Defiance?

Posted: March 24, 2017 by kvng.taetae in Uncategorized


Good Afternoon Mayor Pugh


      I am a student in Baltimore City and in my school we’ve been discussing President Donald Trump’s recent plans on signing an executive order that will ban several Muslim countries from traveling into America. His actions caused a great uproar within many cities in America.

In Addition, many of America’s cities and counties plans are to defy Donald Trump’s campaign to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. On belief that he is systematically trying to oppress a group of individuals based on their ethnicity and religious beliefs. We are reading this Article “The Real Baltimore: Sanctuary Cities As Resistance to Donald Trump”, well the title speaks for itself they’re trying to convince the social capital on welcoming immigrants to their cities with open arms and support their decision on defying president trumps actions.

The cause of his actions led to many cities and counties opening their city as a sanctuary for immigrants. Within my investigation I will state several effective reasons on why Baltimore should or should not join this great cause and become a sanctuary city.

Living in Baltimore I find it to be very diverse and filled with a lot of culture. Despite their cultural differences Baltimore citizens find ways to interact and collaborate with immigrants no matter their ethnicity. Being that immigrants makes up 7.7% of Baltimore’s population and follow their social responsibilities as Baltimore citizens.

Our previous Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake stated “I don’t really think of people as legal or illegal,” she says. “Are you productive, or are you not productive? That’s really my focus.” ( I completely agree. Most Immigrants that immigrated to the US are only here to find refuge and statutory, and a place where they can find solitude and a healthy place to raise a family. Without those immigrants Baltimore wouldn’t have this much culture and this much love and diversity. 

My school has students from all over: Latin America, Europe, Africa, The Middle East and Asia. These students are proud and honored to be able to be educated, start a family and live a full successful life within our wonderful city. They’re helping build a nation that they don’t originate from, and they’re doing it so they can be accepted, but you won’t accept them because of their race or religion. No one should have to fight to be accepted.

Now I’m not saying Baltimore doesn’t have their downfalls and don’t have those who don’t particularly respect or honor those who immigrate here. But that’s where I open my counterclaim on why Baltimore should not  be a sanctuary city. Even though Baltimore maybe a “Welcoming city” that’s just a title we’re not exactly all that “welcoming”.

We have cultural differences, and discrimination based on racial notions and ranking of culture as higher and lower in relation to each other. What I mean by that is no matter how diverse we are, we’ll always have those who’ll try and belittle an alienate an individual based on either, their ethnicity, race, sex and/or sexual preference.

There are many risk factors from entering this city illegally, One major one would be suffering from Institutional racism from white supremacist or ignorant men and/or women, just because they don’t legally belong here. They should be able to make a living here and receive the education they deserve.

Another being that if those same undocumented immigrants get arrested, their personal information must be sent to the FBI without a doubt. Maryland is associated with the FBI so if we wanted to become a sanctuary city we would easily be shut down and if they choose to deport those undocumented immigrants, we would be giving up on hard working, driven, and responsible citizens because of their ethnicity or because they illegally entered the city.

Don’t just look at them like immigrants but as humans and as rightful citizens that work hard to build a city they aren’t even native to. But knowing most Americans they don’t support that which is why I don’t think we should become a sanctuary city because it wouldn’t be safe for us nor the immigrants just in case it gets violent.

Immigrants are afraid to speak up on this because they don’t feel welcome they don’t feel like they belong here, so that being the case they wouldn’t want to speak out of term and share their opinion because we have people like President trump trying to deport them because he feels as though they’re criminals or terrorist of some sort.

President Trump stated “Block funding for sanctuary cities. We block the funding. No more funding.” If Baltimore were to join this defiance we could risk our funding and we desperately need that. It would be like redlining an entire city, but other then being financially at risk it would be because we are opening our city up as a sanctuary for those who need refuge and a home.

Demondtae Linton


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