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Do I look like an immigrant to you?

Being from an Asian background, I can definitely tell you that even I have gotten that “look” or your typical Asian stereotype questions asked to me. Even in my relationship, my fiancé is Caucasian (specifically Russian) and people assume that I am the immigrant when honestly, I am born and raised in the United States and he is the one who came from Russia. But that’s just the way it is and my fiancé and I don’t mind it at all. We understand that not everyone is culturally understanding of different diversities and we are rarely offended.

This isn’t the case for everyone though. Even in this world now, as a person of color, you are most likely judged and subjugated to a certain way of how people view you as in their personal experiences or views. I know I said that it doesn’t bother me, but one of the things that do bother me are articles like this, Metro Transit investigation of officer’s immigration query. It isn’t right to be asked about your immigration or citizen status just because of your accent, what you wear, or the color of your skin. No one should feel less of a person just because they are of a different race even if they were a citizen here or not. It’s sad that people these days don’t just support one another and must label and assume the worst in everyone. I have been asked many times if I am from here or not and about my citizenship status in the United States, I respectfully say “yes”. Even though I know that it doesn’t matter where I am from.  My friends whom are from various diversities experience this also and I just dislike the way immigrants, or not, are viewed as negative here when really, all should be welcome.

So, remember when you are asked by law enforcement or anyone who you feel uncomfortable talking to regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have the right to remain silent and that you have constitutional rights. In those moments, you may feel vulnerable but don’t forget to stay calm and that you have rights like everyone else. For more information, check out this website by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Thank you,
Sophia