Deeply dis­ap­pointed at out­come of US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: I WAS deeply dis­ap­pointed and dis­heart­ened by the re­sults of the re­cent US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. I am well aware of the fact that there are var­i­ous rea­sons that caused the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee to have lost the elec­tion; nev­er­the­less, I want to fo­cus on one rea­son why Ja­maicans in the US could not have voted.

There are hun­dreds of Ja­maicans who are il­le­gally liv­ing in the US and were dy­ing for a shot at vot­ing against Don­ald Trump. How­ever, that was not pos­si­ble be­cause they were il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

It is piv­otal that we un­der­stand that when you mi­grate to a coun­try il­le­gally, it de­prives you of most, if not all, your rights. I had pre­dicted that one of the rea­sons that could have led to Mr Trump’s vic­tory is the re­luc­tance of demo­cratic vot­ers and the il­le­gal­ity of most of the an­tiTrump sup­port­ers.

The les­son that can be learnt from this is that those who are plan­ning to mi­grate to Amer­ica – or to any coun­try – must en­deav­our to have a le­gal stand and sta­tus. Giv­ing away your rights by il­le­gally en­ter­ing a coun­try weak­ens your au­ton­omy, democ­racy and even your hu­man­ity. When one’s voice is taken away, it makes him/her a dumb in­di­vid­ual, both phys­i­cally and fig­u­ra­tively.

In the mean­time, I an­tic­i­pate the cat­a­strophic hap­pen­ings that may come with a Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­dency. How­ever, it would be ex­tremely great if he proves my­self, among hun­dreds of thou­sands, wrong and be­come an­other great pres­i­dent of the ‘Free World’. DE’MAR­LEY WIL­LIAMS, NCU Stu­dent­de­mar­ley@stu.ncu. edu.jm

HOL­NESS

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