July 21, 2018

Keep Grinches Out

Savanna Graves

In the spirit of Christmas, I recently rewatched one of my favorite holiday movies, The Grinch. As I was rewatching this movie instead of catching up on some homework, a particular line caught my eye. After causing havoc in Whoville, The Grinch is looking for a way out of the town and back onto his mountain. He calls out to a frantic taxi driver, only to be ignored completely. In exasperation he calls out, “It’s because I’m green isn’t it?” A line that always forced a few laughs out of me, it made me think this time around.

Of course, the taxi driver didn’t avoid the Grinch simply because he was green. He was avoided because he had just made a mess out of a Whoville tradition by getting slightly aggressive with the mayor, terrifying the general public and setting their town Christmas tree on fire. Heck, if you saw Jeffrey Dahmer or Osama bin Laden on the streets, you wouldn’t want to give them a ride either.

Since Trump’s presidential campaign began, one of his most controversial promises was his vow to build a wall on the southern border, keeping out illegal immigrants who often bring violence and drugs. If that’s all we’re keeping out, awesome! But that’s not the only kind of people running after the promise of freedom in America.

Here’s the deal: we can’t have the wall if we don’t make gaining a citizenship easier and more accessible. Citizenship isn’t too difficult, the hard part is getting a green card. The requirements to get a green card are restrictive and confined. When “Dreamers” roamed the streets with signs after the end of DACA, many of them were genuinely unable to gain a green card because they don’t meet any of the constrictive requirements. Most of them are indistinguishable from any other American citizen.

All this being said, I don’t agree with anyone coming to America illegally. Every case is different, I understand that. There is a way to do things. But I can’t fully bring myself to support Trump’s wall until the pathways to gaining citizenship are made clearer and easier.

Back to The Grinch. I’m not against illegal immigration because I’m a heartless racist. Neither was the little Who taxi driver. I’m against it because I don’t want anyone setting my Christmas tree on fire. Whether people on the left side of politics see the bad that comes over the border or not, it’s there.

I would love to believe that everyone coming over the border means well and isn’t going to do any harm to the country I care for dearly, but that’s just not the truth. If we want a wall, we have to redo some citizenship qualifications. We can’t have that wall and make citizenship near impossible and still have Lady Liberty holding her flame high.

In other news, Trump is working on getting rid of Michelle Obama’s gruesome and tasteless war against school lunches. This is a true Christmas miracle for any public school student who witnessed the aftershocks and fatalities that came with her battles against good food.


Savanna Graves first found a passion for politics and government on the 2016 campaign trail for her father. Since then she has been increasingly involved with Turning Point USA, Future Female Leaders, and PragerU, organizations that spread the message of small government and capitalism. As a high school senior at Huckabay ISD, she plans on attending Liberty University in the fall of 2018 to study political science and journalism. Views expressed in this column are hers and do not reflect those of The Flash as a whole.

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