Immigration Dominates Election-Year Rhetoric

By Sirisha Brahmandam, Layout and Design Editor

The November 6 midterm elections mark the first time since 2008 that Democrats control the House of Representatives. The flipped chamber in Congress will pose a challenge in passing legislation to satisfy President Trump’s plans of modifying the nation’s immigration policies. There are also many historic firsts this year — America’s first two Muslim women in Congress, Texas’ first two Latinas in Congress, first female governors and senators in 20 states, first openly gay governor, a record high of 21 black congresswomen — that more accurately reflect this country’s diverse population.

Trump’s 2017 inauguration brought an element of uncertainty to immigrant families in the Falls Church community. As the son of immigrants, Kenec Elvir-Corrales (12) has some insight into the issue: “When they come here, they are not educated on the laws of the land; they are educated in the idea of an American dream.” When students enroll in school, which is a government-funded institution, they start to wonder whether or not they are putting themselves at risk by coming to school every day; some students simply don’t go to school to avoid the risk of being deported. With a Democratic majority in the House, there is hope for these students to stay without having to worry about whether or not they or their parents will be here the next day.

“Falls Church High School is a good example of how well students and teachers can work and learn from each other because of such a diverse population,” says government teacher Mr. Anthony Motley.