I am an American. I was born in New Jersey. My paternal grandfather immigrated to the US from Korea. (My dad was 9 years old when they moved to Tennessee, meet him and listen for that Southern accent.) My grandpa was a Yale Ph.D. and a brilliant mathematician. He was, in my words, a national treasure, one Korea would have loved to keep, and he chose to give his brain to the United States of America. Immigrants are givers, not takers.
The stereotype of Asian-Americans valuing intelligence is true for my family. If we give you our intelligence, our hard work, our loyalty, we are giving you our greatest treasures. My paternal grandmother was an OB-GYN. My dad and aunt are cardiologists. My uncle who passed away young was considered the most brilliant mind of them all, an actual genius, and he worked tirelessly his entire adult life for the US government. Immigrants are givers not takers. Immigrants are givers not takers. Click To Tweet
It’s Veterans Day and so many immigrants and children of immigrants have served in our military and given their lives for our country. For a president-elect to insinuate that we do not belong, that immigrants are the crux of our troubles as a nation – this preys on ignorant fears in a way that is wrong, both factually wrong and morally wrong.
From the BBC: Trump pledged to start the process of “removing the more than two million criminal, illegal immigrants.” The BBC continues to report that “[this] might be difficult, mainly because there are only an estimated 178,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records currently at large in the US.” Trump told his followers that there were 2,000,000+ when there are fewer than 200,000. Clearly a number he just made up to incite fear.
It’s Day 3 and I’m still sifting through the mushroom cloud of xenophobia, racism, sexism, and anti-intellectualism in the aftermath of November 8th.