I recently ran across a more positive way to look at immigration. Viewing this from the perspective of the individuals who are making the journey, many are girls and young women who are vulnerable to exploitation along the way.
But there is an organization that’s trying to protect them. The Tahirih Justice Center, named after a 19th century Persian woman who was a symbol of strength for her time, is a national non-profit that has served nearly 19,000 individuals fleeing violence. Founded in 1997, they are now in three locations: Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC; and Houston, TX. They deal with violence against women of all types, including domestic violence, forced marriage, honor crimes, human trafficking, and genital mutilation, and operate across the political and social spectrum.
For more information, their website is http://www.tahirih.org/
A good article about the organization is at http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2016/0512/Help-for-female-immigrants-fleeing-violence-is-this-lawyer-s-calling