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DearAshley Yates

FirstI would like to thank you for your tireless efforts in ensuring thatwe live in a community where we are not judged by the color of ourskins but for our actions as Martin Luther king Jr. once said. I doagree with you that it is quite challenging to see that harmless andpromising young black kids and women continue to die at the hands oflaw enforcement officers who are supposed to offer them protection. Ialso thank you for starting the Ferguson October: Weekend ofResistance, as the movement has greatly brought into the mainstreammedia acts of police violence or brutality as it is. I have witnessedpeople whom I thought were rather reserved and comfortable with theirlives take up posters and head to the streets to protest againstpolice brutality especially towards young black kids. The#SayHerName, is also a marvelous creation as from what I can see is arevolution in its early stages.

Unfortunately,I happen to live in a neighborhood where crime rates are high, thereare several cases of drug abuse, and there are high rates ofincarcerations especially of young black kids. From my own analysis,I would say that criminal gangs and drug abusers are to be foundamong the white, Latino, and black races in equal measure. However,when it comes to police enforcement, issues of drug laws or policies,and cases of police brutality, it appears that the black community istargeted more than the other communities are. For instance, I havewitnessed a case where a food store was robbed in the night and earlythe next morning I noticed that it was the black neighborhoods thatwere visited by the police and several arrests made. According to me,this was unfair, because the police should have conducted searches inall neighborhoods since there were no witnesses to the robbery.

Ihave also noticed that the rate at which stop and frisk stops aremade is skewed with the black community being the ones at a higherrisk of being stopped and frisked even when the circumstances did notallow. In addition, I have noticed that black kids especially thosein high schools and colleges are at a higher risk of beingincarcerated without due process when compared to their counterparts.

Becauseof these happenings, I would suggest that you consider advocating forsome changes to the criminal justice system in order to make surethat there is some level playing ground for all citizens.

Inthe first place, I would like to suggest that it be made mandatorythat when police are patrolling certain neighborhoods especiallythose that have high concentrations of black kids, that there be atleast one black officer and if possible, this officer should be awoman. By doing this, I believe the other police officers will try toobey certain basic rights as they will be afraid of doing illegalfrisks, arrests, or searches because they have a fellow officer whohas probably grown up in such residences and understands theirplight.

Secondly,I would seek you to demand that the young kids who are routinelyarrested by the police, to have any confessions made before thepolice officers be deemed null and void nut unless the suspectsconfess to crimes in a court of law or with the presence of theirlawyers.

Thirdly,I would also like it if you would consider seeking police reforms inorder to ensure that the police deployed in to our neighborhoods arenot stereotyped, racist, or have any kind of hatred to certainminority or special groups. This might actually help to minimizethese so-called accidental shootings of innocent black kids whom weexpect to give us glory in future.


Beforeeven stating what I learnt about immigration reforms, it is my ownperception that most of what I used to think were important nationalissues, looks like are the common talk of the town especially afterwatching the video. Back to the question, one thing am sure I learntabout immigration reform is that our elected lawmakers respond toissues of immigration with from both sides of the issue and that theynever seem to be very casual neither very serious about the issue.

Thismakes me to understand that immigration reform will probably never bedealt with finality, as lawmakers tend to change their viewpointsdepending on what they think is good for them. For instance, when therepublican Congressman for Southern Carolina, Mick Mulvaney talksabout the issue of immigration, it is through the lenses of politicalgains versus losses rather than by using the lenses of objectivity.By objectivity, I mean that the Congressman should address the issuewith respect to issues such as provision of basic services, security,impact on levels of employment, and other related issues. However,when a legislator advocates for or votes against an act of eitherdeporting illegal immigrants or having them naturalized, they do sobasing their arguments on whether their choice will make their partywin more votes or not. Thus, if these are the lenses through whichimportant issues such as immigration are accessed on then the debatewill never ceasenot only in Washington D.C. but in all the otherstates as well.

Aftera careful analysis, of the video, I came to realize that the videowas filmed in 2013, which is approximately six years after the defeatof the comprehensive immigration reforms in Congress. Looking back atthat time, it is not difficult to remember that the Deferred Actionfor Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy of renewing work visas was notsuccessful. From my own analysis, I think that immigration reformsneed to be left to be under the directive of certain state agencieswhere the lawmakers will not have the chance to politicize the issue.This is because, if the immigration reforms are used to increasevotes for certain parties, then the game will never end. This isbecause every time an election nears, there will always be debatesabout how the leaders want to deal with the issue but will probablynever accomplish their goals because there will always be infightingwithin the corridors of Capitol Hill.


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