The immigration crisis in the United States has spilled over into every American’s life.

Last weekend, a gunman shot and killed 22 people in El Paso, Texas. The gunman left behind what is being called a manifesto expressing hate for immigrants. The mass shooting is being investigated as domestic terrorism and the FBI is evaluating to see if the horrific incident was a hate crime.

Immigration has always been an explosive issue in America. Black people 400 years ago were forcibly brought to the U.S. How times have changed. These days, people from all over the world are knocking on Homeland Security’s door, seeking entry.

The immigration debate seem to come in cycles.

One year, it was the attack on Dreamers, country-insecure children brought to and raised in America by parents who illegally stayed. In South Florida, it was the unfairness of Wet Foot Dry Foot, a law that allowed Cubans to emigrate to America just by arriving onshore, while Haitians who came by sea – dubbed Boat People – were sent home. Other crises include deportations en masse; Sanctuary Cities de-funding; and the unleashing of ICE on communities.

The focus today, however, has been on a crisis at the Southern border; and the detention of children separately from their caregivers who are arrested for illegal entry. Not being discussed is the strenuous qualifications and long wait time for those who try to immigrate legally.

These crises show a critical need for immigration reform. Administration after administration has written piecemeal laws to address problems that need widespread overhaul. The U.S. Congress is failing Americans and failing immigrants.

Illegal immigration has been tolerated, mostly to solve manufacturing, caregiving and agricultural labor shortages. Some of the illegal laborers were seasonal, returning to their countries after completing their work. Some settled near the places they worked, while others were migratory – going to different parts of the U.S. in search of work. But since the beginning of the digital age in the 1970s, there has been a steady decline in the need for unskilled labor and a rapid increase for workers who cannot only monitor the automation but also those who can improve and implement new processes.

President Trump wants to change the face of America’s immigrants. And he’s wrong. Wrong for the way he is doing it. Wrong for even thinking it.

Xenophobic people hear his rhetoric and believe immigrants are a threat. Immigrants are the fabric of America – and will always be.

Donald Trump continues to stoke a volatile atmosphere in this nation. Americans have returned to being rude and indecent. Returned is appropriate because during segregation and Jim Crow, whites treated other races any which way they pleased.

It’s as of Trump has given racists and other angry people a license to hate. Some may have taken a license to kill.

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