Metics and Dreamers

                         Well the two are very similar topics obviously, and the issues are very similar as well. Each of them is trying to find a resolution or a broad way to handle people who are not citizens that live within their borders. The Athenians wanted those who were born from two Athenian parents only, this was pretty much their only rule to citizenship not including the special cases where people were either married in or earned their citizenship by some special means. The United States focuses a lot on the same things, whether or not their parents are citizens, but in America the parents themselves may not of American decent at all. In America, people can apply for citizenship and earn their way in with things such as studying abroad programs, marrying in or getting a green card for other reasons. In the Athenian period there were no such options as these because those were much simpler times. The key similarity would have to be that both allow noncitizens to live within the borders for certain reasons only. Immigrants in America are similar to metics in the Athenian period because there only purpose is and was to work for their place as harsh as it is.

                         Before attending this school and becoming of legal age to vote, I had no reason to pay attention to these types of concerns. Our debates in class definitely shaped the way I view immigrants in America now. My main concerns align with many other Americans in the fact that not all of them would have good intentions here or be willing to be compliant to our ways of life. Some would but there is no guaranteed way to ensure purpose or intentions of an immigrant. Although through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, they have to have lived by some standards while they were here it doesn’t change the fact that this isn’t their native country and that they could be a menace. I’m thinking mainly of things such as illegally sneaking more immigrants over or smuggling drugs and illegal money maybe through family ties. Terrorists attacks aren’t predictable (9/11), the people plotting could already be here and living under the radar as a “loyal” American. I don’t want to rule out all of the people who’ve been here all their lives and only know America because that would be irrational and harsh on people who can actually contribute. The truth is that we never actually know and foreigners may actually be more loyal to the country than people actually born here who don’t appreciate what we have. It’s never predictable what kind of person someone will turn out to be. I think the “Dreamers” should be allowed to stay if they continue to show their loyalty and are willing to contribute to society. What does that entail? It would have to be some type of government regulation to assess these issues and actually make more rules beyond DACA if necessary.

– Mykol Brooks

– 496 words

              “11.” Ancient Greece: Social and Historical Documents from Archaic Times to the Death of Socrates, by Matthew Dillon and Lynda Garland, Routledge, 2000.

“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).” Department of Homeland Security, 23 Sept. 2019, http://www.dhs.gov/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca.

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