There are millions of individuals who migrate from their own country to another legally for many different reasons, whether that be fleeing the country as refugees or leaving to get more opportunities for themselves and their loved ones. However, each year more and more individuals are turned away from countries as they are trying to enter illegally. A significant number of people feel that allowing unrestricted immigration would impact our cultural integrity, result in economic hardship for existing citizens and create great political unrest. It would be hard to argue that certain categories of migrants should immediately be discounted, such as international terrorists or fugitives from the law. However, if we take the question of unrestricted immigration in terms of everyone else, Heumer’s work in favour of it provides a sound argument for its benefits socially, politically and economically. Thinking of immigration as a whole rather than a fractured topic demands both historical and philosophical considerations.
The topic of immigrants has been debated for centuries, and has been an even larger topic for discussion since the attack on the two towers in 2001. Many people contemplate whether immigrants are a reason to be scared, not; and if so, then why? If one finds themselves asking this conflicting question, Jeremy Adam Smith’s article, Our Fear of Immigrants, provides an answer. Relying on research from psychologists and sociologists, Smith gives sufficient evidence for why immigrants bring such intense feelings of both hatred and compassion, and recommends a way to increase empathy toward them.
In 2010, when Ahmad wrote his article, immigration was on the rise in the UK. Many immigrants were being accepted into the country which created a record high. Although this situation may seem to be a good thing, it can be deceiving. Due to the increase in immigration, the government had pledged to cut migration by an exponential amount. “The British, who ruled my country for decades and taught me the English that I speak, have always had the power to keep me out of their country” (Ahmad 38). At this
Innes (2010) argues that the negative discourse of asylum seekers as a threat to British society is portrayed in government literature
Jeremy Adam Smith’s “Our Fear of Immigrants” proposes a sympathetic outlook towards immigrants. Smith wants the disgust and loathe of citizens to stop, and instead for them to start retaining empathy for newcomers. While reading the article, there is a sense of fear that people hold for immigrants. Many of these fears are mainly blamed on many motives such as psychological reasoning, genetic cognitive, and social status. Although Smith provides plenty logic behind the behavior of citizens, there should also be the point of view behind the immigrants themselves.
Immigration has been a hot button topic for years, however just recently it has become one of the main sources of discussion for GOP debates and other less formal conversations and interviews. Suggestions on how to deal with it range from mass deportation to a big wall to stopping immigration completely. Yet with all this talk about how it is ‘destroying’ our country and what to do about it, not many people are really talking about about the immigrants themselves. When dealing with issues that pertain humans, no one can take a sociopathic side. This idea is brought up in both the video “Fixing the System” and the poem “Immigrants in Our Own Land”. Both sources bring up the argument that immigrants, including the ones who are here illegally,
“Gentrification” captures class disparities and injustices created by capitalist urban land markets and policies. This in turn can cause an increasing house expense encumbrance for low-income and working-class households, and the associated personal catastrophes of displacement, removal, and homelessness, are symptoms of a set of institutional arrangements (private property rights and a free market) that support the creation of urban environments to serve the needs of capital accumulation at the expense of the social needs of home, community, family. Displacement from home and neighbourhood can be a shattering experience. At worst it leads to homelessness, at best it impairs a sense of community. Public policy should, by general agreement,
Twenty million undocumented immigrants live in the United States today. About one-hundred thousand immigrants cross the border each year, and nearly sixty percent of undocumented immigrants enter the U.S. legally but stay after their visa expires (Wepman 314). To enter the U.S. legally, one must have a secured job in the country. Another way to enter is by having a family member who can prove they can support the person they want to bring into the U.S. Most immigrants do not have a secure job waiting for them, or a family member inside the country. All they have is their family living in poverty, their children not being able to get an education, and their family not having enough to eat or anywhere to sleep. It is extremely expensive and may take up to ten years to go through the legal process.
Born out of patriotism, xenophobia and a desire to “mark the moral boundaries of society” (Critcher, 2003, p.5), uncertainty over immigrants “resonates with deep-rooted anxieties about Australia’s national identity and way of life” (Martin, 2015, p.1). Following the ‘Signification Spiral’ model (Poynting & Morgan, 2007, pp.3-4), the issue of refugees intensified after September 11 2001, whereby inextricable links were produced between terrorism and Muslim boat people, eventually leading to the identification of refugees as fearful invaders. The Federal Elections that year took the emphasis away from domestic topics, and stressed national security and border protection (Mares, 2002, p.1); forming a moral panic that has remained up to the present day. Further, these groups as an entirety were associated with other problems occurring at the same time – embodying the concept of ‘convergence’ by linking refugees to increased violence, terrorism, wastage of the taxpayer’s money on ‘foreigners’ and the straining of resources and
Eating, drinking, walking, being, if you are an immigrant those are privileges not a right. If you live a mile south of an imaginary line you don’t have the rights to a proper education or a job that pays enough to live. If you are tan all year round you can’t eat at a pizza place without getting stares. If you can’t speak english, even though that’s not even the national language, you are an outcast, a menace, an alien. There are four, specific, boys out there that even though all these odds were stacked against them they succeeded. They prevailed even when they weren’t suppose to. Even when Uncle Sam said no.
Immigration started with Spanish settlers in the 1500’s and eventually moved on to French and English settlers in the 1600’s and so on and so forth. Nearly 1 million immigrants arrive in the United States annually. Though you may see this is as a bad thing, there are actually so many pros to immigration. One of the main pros, though, is that immigrants are taxpayers, consumers, and job creators. The United States benefits from these things in multiple ways such as getting new homes and stores.
In 2009, President Obama became the first African-American president of the United States of America, which makes him the 44th president. President Obama made a lot of promises in his 2008 presidential campaign that he has fulfilled, broken, or compromised. Many Americans know that a promise that a presidential candidate makes is a major deal because those are the reasons in which why the people vote for that candidate. Once those promises are not fulfilled, Americans will feel like the president has failed them. One of the major promises President Obama made was on immigration. He had 6 proposals only involving immigration. Four out of the six proposals President Obama initiated met half way, and two out of the six proposals were not fulfilled.
The fact that 1.25 million immigrants enter the United State per year may frighten many Americans (Card). The fact that that number has risen 8% in the last 43 years may frighten them even more (Penn Wharton). The idea of immigrants in such large amounts may bring to mid people stealing over the border or arriving on boats and planes en mass. They may think about people stealing their jobs, homes, resources, and even their children's’ education. However, as this paper aims to show, immigrants are not a threat to Americans or their society at all. The push to immigrants to leave the country or to be regulated is not necessary nor is it true to American ideas. The United States Government should allow immigrants to continue to enter and live
Words used everyday by our media and our highest politicians. We hear it uttered with condescension and tainted by fear.[b] But essentially ‘asylum seekers, refugees, boat people’ is what will determine our country's federal election. But many people in this room may not actually know what these 3 phrases really mean[c]. Are these people that seeking a better life, trying to be free and do what’s best for their families. Similarly maybe even searching for health care and resources, perhaps even fleeing from persecution or something else that is out of their control.
In today’s global network, there are many opportunities for individuals to seek out and explore different ways to make an honest living. However, the economics and variables that go along with immigrant labor, on a massive scale, can be quite a challenge to get an accurate picture of all the positives and negatives to consider. Further consideration has to be taken into account for individual immigrant workers that eventually rise out of the socioeconomic position that they are in to become successful, contributing members in their new-found community. All of this information has to be carefully weighed to have a truly accurate picture of the short and long-term benefits of the immigration labor in the UK and how it helps or hinders the collective