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Burning planet: When will we listen?

_Jayda Ragas_, _Opinions Editor_

January 30, 2020

Many people are inclined to deny our planet is in extreme danger. They choose to deny the facts that are staring us in the face. The wildfires in Australia are just one example.Of course there are many instances I could discuss...

Thank you, next (shoutouts to your ex)

January 30, 2020

A new semester is a fresh start. It is the perfect time to get what is weighing you down off your chest. Perhaps an ex? Someone who may have wronged you, screwed you over or ghosted you. Someone who made you not feel like the be...

Electric vs. gas: Who will win?

_Keith Millahn-Lewis_, _Herald Contributor_

December 5, 2019

You’ve seen it on the news, read it in the papers, heard it from your friends. You see them in parking lots, your rich uncle just bought one and you might even be considering getting one for yourself. What am I talking about?...

The most wonderful time of the year

December 5, 2019

It is officially cuffing season. The weather is getting colder, the days are getting gloomier and we are all getting lonelier. At this time, some of you are longing for the presence of someone to watch movies and cozy up with...

Should the number of SCOTUS justices be increased?

_Matthew Sivieri_, _Herald Contributor_

December 5, 2019

College Republican viewSince 1869, the number of Supreme Court justices has remained unchanged at nine. This number should not be increased for a multitude of reasons.  A simple analysis of American history demonstrates that w...

Should the number of SCOTUS justices be increased

_Noah Ashe_, _Herald Contributor_

December 5, 2019

College Democrat viewWe are living in unforeseen times. Americans today are more divided along ideological lines than they have ever been in years past. While it is easy to blame the Trump administration for its gross incompe...

Now is the time for exploration

_Keith Millahn-Lewis_, _Herald Contributor_

November 21, 2019

It is time for the second age of exploration. In fact, it has been time for over 50 years. Ever since humanity sent man to the moon, we have been capable of so much more.  However, like many of our achievements, they have b...

Note from the opinions editor

_Jayda Ragas_, _Opinions Editor_

November 21, 2019

I think most of us can agree that the last few issues of the newspaper have been politically charged, starting with Derek Zarrella's op-ed in the Nov. 7 issue and continuing with the rebuttal piece and the letter to the editor in ...

The CGI resurrection of James Dean and what this means for the future of film

_Luke Brennan_, _Herald Contributor_

November 21, 2019

James Dean (yes, that James Dean) will be starring in another film. Sort of. For those who don’t know, Dean was an actor best known for his roles in films such as "Rebel Without a Cause," "East of Eden" and "Giant." He’s been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actor and is consider...

More stuffing please!

November 21, 2019

Hello Hawks! We are fully in the holiday season with Thanksgiving coming up next week. The turkey and stockings are getting ready to be stuffed. It is now your turn! Lucky for you I have some tips and tricks to help you have th...

Should crossing the United States border be illegal? If so, what should the punishment be?

_Eben Kiesow_, _Herald Contributor_

November 21, 2019

College Democrat viewContrary to some claims, Democrats are not in support of open and unchecked borders. In short, yes, crossing the border without authorization is and should be an illegal act. That being said, it is important to distinguish the difference between legality and criminalization of crossing the border. Prior to 1929, crossing the border was a civil offense, not a criminal one. This means that those found crossing the border, still illegally, could in fact be deported back to their country of origin as opposed to being prosecuted in an American court. Criminalization of illegal crossings, under Title 8 of US Code, mandates that offenders be prosecuted and/or fined, taxing the American judicial system at a higher rate than it would be if illegal crossings were still treated as a civil offense.Illegally crossing the border became a criminal offense when Sen. Coleman Livingston Blease of South Carolina, an unapologetic white supremacist, proposed that Congress pass a law criminalizing those who did not cross the border through official crossings. These official points of entry were few and far between and often required that immigrants pay a fee and submit to tests. Although the law applied to all immigrants, regardless of national origin, the intent was to restrict immigration from Mexico.According to the Brookings Institution, 62% of undocumented immigrants in the United States came here by legal means and have simply overstayed their visas; this is a contrast to the rhetoric of the Trump administration related to border crossings. On Nov. 14, in the Department of Homeland Security proposal, the Trump administration announced its intent to raise the cost to become an American citizen by 83 percent, a rule aimed to exclude low-income and working-class immigrants from acquiring citizenship. This new rule will only exacerbate the factors that cause immigrants to overstay their visas, as opposed to seeking citizenship.Treating undocumented immigrants like criminals is not a practicable solution. It has not worked since it was implemented 90 years ago and it will not work 90 years from now. If we are going to fix our broken immigration system, it needs to begin with reforming the approach we take with criminalization of border crossings.

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