Immigration Laws: Putting Immigrants at Risk?
In the light of the film being entirely fictional, some might not view the film as a credible source regarding immigration; however, the situation portrayed in the film proves as the reality for millions of immigrants in the U.S. today. In the film, Tarek is unknowingly seized by authorities while at a subway station with Walter. The authorities state that he is being seized for failing to pay his train ticket as an excuse to detain him when in fact the train ticket was paid. As Walter informs the authorities that Tarek did pay, it is revealed that those were immigration officers and Tarek was being taken to a detention centre. Tarek did nothing wrong; however, like the problem millions of…show more content… 148). Solely due to the fact that these immigrants are undocumented, such innocent behaviors are criminalized as they are stripped of their constitutional and human rights.
These undocumented immigrants came into this country in the hopes of a better life; however, they are not given any rights. The unfair treatment of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. provide a juxtaposition between the U.S. constitutional rights and the existing immigration laws that strip these immigrants of all their rights. How can one enjoy the life they lead if they live in constant fear even when they are innocent? From a personal experience, my grandfather was a U.S. veteran who served for the army in World War II and petitioned my family and I to be able to live in the U.S. for a better life. Due to harsh immigration laws, it took my family and I 19 years to get to the U.S., and my aunt, who came here years before us, have just recently become an American citizen on July 2015 after 22 years of being a legal immigrant in the U.S.. Documented and undocumented immigrants alike suffer from these governmental immigration policies. Undocumented immigrants are well on their way to becoming legal immigrants in the U.S.; however, they are not even given the chance to do so as they are criminalized. They are not given their freedom.
Recent shifts in political action and governmental policies have led to an increase in immigrant incarceration. From