The Tortilla Curtain By T. C. Boyle

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Diana Martinez-Gonzalez, a junior at Greenville High School in South Carolina, was found dead in the woods on October 4th, 2017. According to officials, Martinez-Gonzalez was forced into the woods and shot in the head a multitude of times by Daniel De Jesus Rangel-Sherrer. Following the arrest of Rangel-Sherrer, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a detainer order for the suspected shooter, discovering that he was in the United States (U.S.) illegally from Mexico. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that Rangel-Sherrer was a DACA recipient (Illegal Alien Accused of...). However, DACA is simply an invitation for other undocumented immigrants to come to America who do not contribute to the economy, and …show more content…
T.C. Boyle’s novel, The Tortilla Curtain, tells the story of two illegal Mexican immigrants in the 1920s who come to America in search of the American dream. They take low paying jobs to help support them while they live on the streets in Los Angeles near a gated white community. Many within the gated community, including Delaney and Jack, the book’s main characters, are concerned with illegal immigrants being near their community as they fear they will be robbed or even murdered. One day Delaney told Jack that, “Society isn't what it was - and it won't be until we get control of the borders” (Boyle 104). In the novel, society was changing as a result of the increase of illegal immigrants entering the country and people were fearful for their own safety. This relates to the concept of repealing DACA because until we secure the border, not everybody is safe. Society is not the same today as it was in the early 1900s. Today’s society is much more technologically advanced and there has been a massive increase in weapons as a result of the increase in technology. Additionally, America is in the midst of the Mexican Drug War, which killed 6,844 Americans in 2008 (Mexican Drug War Fast Facts). With many Mexican drug lords near the border trying to illegally sneak into the United States, it threatens the security of U.S. citizens. Since DACA’s implementation, more than 1,500 …show more content…
However, it is less than a week away from April and the only thing we have seen from the government was a shutdown when Democrats could not agree on a funding bill for DACA. Illegal immigrants are still running around stealing American jobs and presenting a danger to citizens yet nobody seems to care. Additionally, many Democratic Congressmen are worried that they will not be able to secure the Latino votes in the upcoming 2018 election if they do not pass a deal securing the rights of the dreamers. Currently both the House of Representatives and Senate are controlled by Republicans, therefore this would be the best time to pass a piece of legislation repealing DACA. Congress need to take action now before it is too

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