By Jordan Atkinson
California is one of the largest states in the country, both in size and population. We also happen to be one of the most expensive states to live in since there is a very high demand for property here. Due to these factors and various others, the homeless population in California has been skyrocketing in recent years. More than a quarter of the U.S.’s homeless population reside in California, which is roughly around 114,000 people. That might sound like a minuscule number in comparison to the 39.54 home dwellers that live in the state, but when you see the huge messes the homeless make just around San Jose, you can kind of see why it’s such a predicament. That being said, the homeless are still people regardless of their unfortunate circumstances, and for there to be order in society, something needs to be done to help keep people off the street.
In order to do this, the state of California is currently attempting to have a law passed in which it put $4 billion into an affordable housing program for those who in positions that could easily lead them into being forced into living on the street, such as farmers, the elderly, veterans, low-income residents, the disabled ect. Proposition 2 is also a very similar concept, it is attempting to help house homeless people who are not capable of properly functioning in society due to severe mental illnesses. Prop 1 isn’t going to raise taxes, so that is a very positive upside to it.
However, the main argument against it is that it is going to cause a huge influx of people all immigrating to California from other states to reap the benefits of the new program. Some believe there are much better solutions.
This is one of the 12 propositions that is being voted on in California, and the results will come in tomorrow, November 6th. It’s very important to be aware of things like this going on around in your local government, because regardless of your stance on the matter, the results are going to directly affect you and everyone around you. Personally I see no problem with having prop 1 passed because it was stated that it isn’t going to raise taxes in anyway, but that’s something you need to decide for yourself. Stuff like this isn’t usually taught in any classroom curriculum(other than perhaps econ/gov) so it’s important for everyone to take matter into their own hands and educate themselves. You should as register/pre-register to vote as soon as the opportunity arises, you really can make a difference.
By Matthew Valenzuela-Serrano
As roughly 5,000 immigrants march to the Mexican-American border, The Department of Defense has ordered 5,200 Troops to be sent within the next few days & weeks. From what’s known about 2,100 National Guardsmen are already present at the border, and there two groups of migrants: the first is about 250 miles ahead of the second group, who reached Oaxaca Mexico on Wednesday October 31.
The migrants come from Honduras, leaving their countries due to the increasing gang activity and government corruption.
Since Independence is deeply diverse, many of the students can relate to the immigrants trying to reach the U.S. Junior Daniel Esquivel said “I think the migrants should be allowed within the country, if you thinking about it we are all descendants of immigrants. We should do more for others who are less fortunate.”
On November 6, the leading caravan had reached Mexico City, while the second group of 1,000 is behind the leading 4,000 migrants. It seems that during their journey the migrants have been taken care of and were given shelter and other basic necessities throughout their walk. But now they choose to rest at Mexico City to regroup with the second group and tend to their medical needs.
President Trump had made this the talking point of his midterm campaign, using fear to make his following more spiteful towards the migrants and wanting to cut off aid. Yet the Spanish-Speaking countries offer their aid while most if not all conservative Americans oppose a migrant entry.
Trump also said that having a Democrat Senate would turn the U.S. into a Sanctuary City for gang members, predators, drug dealers, & terrorists.
Mexican President Enrique Peña had offered temporary work visas that’ll give their kids education and health benefits, nearly 3,000 migrants took the offer while about 4,000 migrants want to reach the U.S, thinking they’ll have better luck.
A country as divided as the U.S doesn’t seem beneficial to migrants, but the migrants would help the economy, which has been improving.
At the end of the day, America is, has & always will be a melting pot of many cultures.