A Brief Note On Social Issues Of Refugees

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Katie A. O’Conner SOC 2020 SEC 010 Instructor – Amanda Levitt Final Paper Social Issues of Refugees Since the United States declared independence from Great Britain in 1776, there has been numerous amount of legislation passed to increase the difficulty of gaining citizenship for immigrants. These laws passed were deeply rooted in discriminatory practices for the preservation of an idealized American culture. In today’s society the United States has continue these practices, but claims indiscrimination towards specific ethnic group since the passing of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The INA changed the immigration process through which “…replaced the existing national-origins quota system with per country caps on…show more content…
The mentality of those years has not left the United States, for in the 1980’s, Senator Alan Simpson stated “These new persons and their descendants do not assimilate satisfactorily…They may well create in America the same social, political, and economic problems that exist in the countries in which they have chosen to depart”(Gomberg-Muñoz, 2017; Gould, 1981). This quote from Simpson was followed by the passing of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) in 1986 and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) in 1996, focusing on the removal and changing of status of lawful immigrants to lower the immigration status in the United States led by of fear of multiculturalism and criminality. With politicians publically advocating racial ideologies and falsehoods towards immigrants, it disassociates U.S. citizens from the fact that the passage of some immigrants is due to fleeing countries that the UN declares state of emergency on. Refugees and asylum seekers are based on those “Who can demonstrate a ‘well rounded fear of persecution’ because of their race, membership in a social group, political opinion, religion or national origin”(Gomberg-Muñoz, 2017). Americans do not acknowledge the fear that these people have felt, or how it must
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