My hope: Im­mi­grants seen, treated equally

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION - — Var­sha Nekkanti, San Jose

Re: “Bay Area cities join state law­suit over Cen­sus cit­i­zen­ship ques­tion” ( Mer­, May 4):

Cal­i­for­nia is a prime ex­am­ple of the im­por­tance of im­mi­gra­tion to our na­tion’s suc­cess.

Im­mi­grants ap­ply their unique skills to pro­mote eco­nomic growth and bring their dis­tinct cul­tures to di­ver­sify this na­tion. Re­gard­less of the ne­ces­sity of im­mi­gra­tion to our na­tion, the anti-im­mi­gra­tion stance of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion is un­mis­tak­able. In­clud­ing a cit­i­zen­ship ques­tion on the 2020 Cen­sus is com­pletely un­nec­es­sary. The pop­u­la­tion count would not be ac­cu­rate if peo­ple were ex­cluded on the ba­sis of their cit­i­zen­ship sta­tus, and Cal­i­for­nia would re­ceive less fed­eral fund­ing and rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the govern­ment as a re­sult.

At the end of the day, this cit­i­zen­ship ques­tion is another re­minder of the an­tag­o­nism that im­mi­grants still face to­day, de­spite de­serv­ing equal rights and pro­tec­tion. The fact that cities in the Bay Area are chal­leng­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion gives me the hope that one day im­mi­grants, like my par­ents, can be seen and treated equally.

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