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I began to see how people on both sides of the immigration issue were being impacted and how much more we had in common than I originally thought. I started to feel hope and understanding for the first time. fact, I realized that I too had subconsciously dehumanized and criminalized those who opposed my views, and, as a result, was quite terrified to get to know them. However, I wanted to give myself and this issue the opportunity for growth. It took me a while to adapt, however, story by story, it started to happen. I began to see how people on both sides of the immigration issue were being impacted and how much more we had in common than I originally thought. I started to feel hope and understanding for the first time. I would hear stories about how employers would decrease the hours of citizens to part-time and hire undocumented workers for the same positions at full-time hours, paying them half of what their citizen counterparts had previously earned.  In addition, the employers would not provide overtime, health benefits, or pensions to the undocumented workers, while at the same time they negated those benefits to citizens because they were now part-time. The working class, regardless of race or legal status, was being exploited by the employer. As I continued to hear more diverse stories and participate in other immigration events, I realized how limited my view had been, and more importantly, I saw how I had been focused on the symptoms of immigration, not the root problem where all the arguing was taking place. Mark Krikorian with the Center 14 IMAGINE l SPRING 2016 for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank, said during our interview, “NAFTA only got a sufficient number of Republican votes in Congress because it was explicitly sold as an immigration control measure.  Supposedly, it would create jobs for people in Mexico so they wouldn’t come to the U.S. It’s the only reason NAFTA passed, so NAFTA is an immigration law, for all intents and purposes.  The problem is that any measure like that is inevitably going to create more migration pressure in the short and medium term.” At the same time, an “opposing” think tank, Immigration Policy Center,  re-enforced the statement. “When we are looking at trade, when we are looking at our foreign relations we need to be thinking about what is the migration impact of this? What effect is this going to have on people? Is it going to force people to leave that country? And if so, maybe we need to rethink that policy.” Due to NAFTA, the top 100 multinational corporations increased their assets by 697 perce ]H[YB[YH[\[[\Hܜܘ][ۜ[ۋ\HX]\Bܚ\\H\XYH]]X][ۋ][[][ۘ[ܜܘ][ۜ[\HۛH \[وHܛ8&\ܚٛܘKX[[Z[H\[\\XH\]H]YHܜܘ][ۜ&HX\X[ۈو[X\\HܘY]ۋ[H^\Y[[؈˜HZYܘ]H][Y[BY\\H^H[Y]Y[ܙBܝ[]Y\^\Y Xܙ[˜]]ܜ\H]Z[ܚ\[BK[ܘY[Z\[Y\XB[ٛܛYYؘ[^][ۋ[\]X[]K[\Y\ۛX[HܚY\B^H\H\X^\Y[KHY[Y[[]HY[[Hو\[\ۛX[ۈ\[X[Z[˜[H[\X[[ZYܘ][ۈ\][›ۈ[و\]\ˈH[^HݙK\XK[\\[ۈ]\[B^[[[H\HZ[š\ [\XY [ܛۙHX]Y Y\\وZ\XH܈Y[]\˂H[Y]Hx&\H[Z[XY]B\X^[][H[X[ [Y\B\Y][H[[[\[[X[] H[ \܈H[[ZYܘ][ۈ\YHXKH[Y]HYH[Y[[ٛܛHH^HHYH[[][X]H]ۙH[\]\XH\[Z[[\[^[[][\\Y\[Y[H\]Z\X\[\[]KYZ[BY\X\Hو\\Y[X[]H[[\\ۈH؛[\[\H\[YK\\\[[\H[ܙH\[KHH]›\[\ܚ]\ܙX]BHܛH[ZH]H[\\YH\]Y^\ܛ[Y^X]H™ܜ[Z\Y[H[]Y]\HH[B[\\H[YH[[ZYܘ[ \^\Y[B\[XY\Y\H[[^HX]H[[]YX[\X[\\\[\Y\[[XۛZX\\ˈ][[\]Y]HY[BYY\[ܛY]][\HY\X\HوX[]H[\[\ۛXY\ˈ܂]]HY][و\[\KH[[ZYܘ][ۈ\Y ˝\[ݚYKK܈XX܂YX][ۘ[Y][[]\YܙHY[YK[][[]Z\Hۛ[K[[H[H۝XYܝH[XXX[\XYH]Z[XK