High school students should also be looking at ethical and philosophical questions about identity and citizenship: How have cultural and religious traditions around the world, from antiquity to the present day, reckoned with migration? Are there moments and circumstances that justify the sidelining or ostracism of certain groups of immigrants?[How to Incorporate Immigration Studies into High School Curriculum, September 12, 2016]As Jose Antonio Vargas wanted to do with his project, Peralta's objective is to deconstruct America. A central truth we see from the immigration experience is that America isn't rewarded for its generosity in admitting so many people. Instead, it's mocked for its weakness. Many immigrants come here and then seek to punish and destroy us for the mistake of admitting them.Peralta gives the game away near the end of his essay when he explains why this kind of curriculum is important.
This kind of curriculum has never been more important because whatever happens this fall, Trumpism is here to stay. Those of us who are immigrants and or who advocate on behalf of immigrants face a twofold task. We will need not only to fight for immigration reform but to educate our fellow Americans on the intrinsic worth and merits of the immigrants who arrive here; the long history of immigration to the United States; the racialized targeting, mistreatment, and marginalization of immigrant groups; and the global history of immigration, with a particular emphasis on the pressures that drive immigrants across regional and national borders.Translation: We need to re-educate Americans on why their country doesn't actually belong to them, it belongs to everyone else. After all, as Hillary Clinton so spitefully told us, we are "irredeemable" and "not America" [Irredemable, by Gregory Hood, Radix, September 12, 2016]My response:
Those of us who are Americans and/or who advocate on behalf of Americans face a twofold task. We will need not only to fight against amnesty for illegals but to educate our fellow Americans on the intrinsic worth and merits of history, culture and identity; the long history of immigration patriotism in the United States; the radicalized targeting, mistreatment, and marginalization of the historic American nation and the Anglo-American ethnic core, and the global phenomenon of mass Third World immigration, with a particular emphasis on the threat it poses to Western Civilization and the nefarious elites which push Third Worlders across regional and national borders.