Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Muslims everywhere began to be wrongfully persecuted and attacked. They have also since been denied equality in the workplace as “Americans with Muslim names have a harder time finding a job” and “American Muslims have experienced increased job discrimination since 2001” (Epstein 53). Without the ability to find a job, not only are Muslims effected in their daily lives, they are also unable to find a source of income, hindering them from supporting their families. Muslim religion can also cause further disturbances because there are several “law-abiding Muslims who are unfairly targeted and punished simply because they are Muslim” (qtd. in Epstein 52). This exemplifies the idea
Schwartz and Troianovski (2015), reporters for The Wall Street Journal, claim that many residents of the U.S. fear that the terrorist group ISIS will exploit this expansion and use it to smuggle terrorists into the U.S. Fears have especially heightened after the 2015 San Bernardino shooting. Although this has not been confirmed to be the workings of a foreign terrorist group (Karimi, Shoichet, & Ford, 2015), American citizens are becoming increasingly in favor of restricting immigration. In a December 2015 survey conducted by the Associated Press, 53% of respondents opposed the Obama administration’s plan to admit Syrian refugees into the U.S. and 54% believed that the U.S. takes too many immigrants from the Middle East (Swanson, 2015). While pro-restriction attitudes may cause the number of people immigrating to the U.S. each year outside of the refugee system to decrease, the increasing number of Syrian refugees entering the U.S. in 2016 and 2017 will offset this. The number of immigrants voting in future elections will increase as a result of the refugee crisis, so in the future, presidential candidates should increase the amount of appeals and advertisements used in order to encourage Syrian refugees and other immigrants to
Many people are being displaced due to fear of religious, racial, or political persecution, and this is demonstrated through a story about a Sudanese refugee. Nyawet Tut had to flee because, “...soldiers set fire to her village and she had to run for her life with her own five children and five others of relatives killed in the conflict” (Edwards, 2017, para. 8). Many refugees like Tut had to leave their homes and everything behind so they wouldn’t be persecuted for their beliefs. These people represent to mockingbird metaphor because even innocent children are being oppressed because of war. Decades after the novel took place, this metaphor still connects to today’s society and persecution of the innocent. The restriction of refugees entering the US mirrors the killing of a mockingbird. An executive order from US President Donald Trump says, “Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States” (Trump, 2017 para. 4). This executive order gives some insight into the conditions that refugees are facing. Millions of people are being forced to leave their country due to political, racial, religious persecution as well as the fear of war. This order is saying that due to the possibility of terrorism entering the US through refugees, it is safer to not let them seek sanctuary or asylum in here. While may help
Much like many white people in the South believed black protestors had no right to infiltrate their cities in the 1960s, a large number of Americans are against the idea of letting refugees or anyone that follows a strongly stereotyped religion into their country. However, like King says, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (78). Over the course of history, the United States have established themselves as a major power with the intentions of helping others. Whether the tactics for this have actually been successful in the past is a different discussion, but if the motives are pure, then this country has a moral and ethical obligation to help those in need. In this case, that would mean allowing these refugees into the country and not continuing to stigmatize an entire group of people any further. This country turned away refugees during World War II, and a portion of them were killed in the Holocaust. The exact same thing could potentially happen if these refugees and muslims are banned from traveling into the United States.
Destruction, violence, and chaos engulfs the lives of those in the Middle East, specifically in Syria. Since 2011 the country has been in disarray and consumed in a vicious civil war displacing millions of inhabitants of the region. Several countries have offered aid and asylum to these refugees, which raises the question: Should the United States (U.S.), a prominent world leader, allow Syrian refugees to seek asylum in their country? Several articles explore this question, including “Are Syrian Refugees Really a Security Risk? - Harvard Political Review”, “To Defeat ISIS, Know Thy Terrorist; Scorning Syrian refugees is doing ISIS a huge favor”, and “No vetting of Syrian "refugees" in Obama's "resettlement" invasion: the FBI says there is no way to vet incoming refugees and Senate and House chairmen blasted Obama for serious national security risks and economic costs of refugee policy”. The authors of the first and second article, Evan Bonsall and Kurt Eichenwald, argue that the refugees should be allowed asylum, while the author of the third article, William F. Jasper, argues against granting asylum. All of the authors employ complex rhetorical strategies including ethos, pathos, logos and other systems to explain their opinion and target their desired audiences.
After the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks 83,000 immigrants registered with the U.S. Government from a required program that targeted specified countries. Of those 83,000, twenty-eight would go on to be charged with a crime (“Immigration Law and Terrorism”). Yet in America, immigrants, children of immigrants, and those of Islamic faith are targeted as a threat to the United States of America. In return, immigrants and those of Islamic have become the victims of profiling, hate crimes, and in some cases their constitutional rights have been violated because of actions based on fear of their place of origin and or their religion. The key to antiterrorism is not singling out Muslims and immigrants as a threat based solely on their beliefs
‘Well, it's the truth. They ought to stay put in their own dirt, not come here taking up jobs" (Kingsolver 102). In Virgie Mae’s opinion, immigrants and refugees are aliens and foreigners who do not belong in the United States and should not take up space and jobs in the country that is her home. The book The Bean Trees sets up women like Virgie Mae as an example of bigotry and xenophobia, but opinions like hers are widespread throughout the United States. The Syrian refugee crisis is an extensive debate in the United States, where there are very mixed feelings. While some people feel that the US should allow Syrian refugees in, there are opposing opinions. According to one poll by Slate News, 53 percent of Americans disapprove of allowing them into the country while another 11 percent would admit only Syrians who are Christians.(Slate News) Similar to Virgie Mae a vast number of Americans feel immigrants get in the way and do not belong in America. Immigrants have to face this discrimination everyday. Even though many immigrants wish to be in the United States, but they are here it can be exasperating to be discriminated against
Because of America’s great wealth and success, other countries expect us to open our boarders and gladly invite refugees into our towns and cities. Charles Wheelan does a fantastic job of encouraging Americans to do just that. However, he fails to think of the risks and errors that come with allowing hundreds of thousands of suffering people (Wheelan) into our country. People all across the globe think that rich Americans should help these people even though they have not personally asked our government officials to help them. Wheelan views this as a matter of bravery, responsibility, and fear of terrorists in his article Courage in Crises.
Every year, one million immigrants settle in the United States hoping for a new beginning, new opportunities, and a new life; however, they are welcomed by animosity, injustice, and discrimination. Even the president of the United States finds these immigrants to be troublesome despite their dedication to work hard to sustain themselves in their new home. Race related crimes continue to increase and the government is clearly making efforts to prevent more immigrants from seeking refuge in America as evidenced by the recent Muslim ban put into place by the Trump administration. Individuals fleeing from discrimination in their homelands are welcomed to a new form of discrimination here in the land of the free. Muslim
According to a Family Nurse Practitioner, Terry McCleary, since President Trump’s election, “There have been fewer and fewer new Mexican immigrants coming to my clinic.” This is probably happening because a lot of the Mexican immigrants in the US are illegal immigrants, and now they have gone back to their original country mostly because they are scared of being deported. I noticed that Muslim countries are such a big topic these days, when just a few years ago the Muslim immigrant population was not very popular. Now there are a large number of immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala in the Bay Area. They have come to escape from the violence in their countries. Studies indicate that there are now mostly immigrants from India, China, and South America in the US. Ever since President Trump was elected, there has been so much communication about muslims coming into the country. The thought of Muslim immigrants coming to the US has a whole new viewpoint. According to the article from the Boston Globe, “Trump suspended the admission from other countries for 120 days and suspended the entry of citizens from seven muslim countries for 90 days”. This action demonstrates that President Trump thinks that Muslim immigrants to us are a big threat to our country. I believe that this a bias ban because it prevents mostly non-criminals from coming here.
Legendary boxer and famous figure for the Muslim community, Muhammad Ali once said: “The word 'Islam ' means 'peace. ' The word 'Muslim ' means 'one who surrenders to God. ' But the press makes us seem like haters.” As Ali points out the United States public today has criminalized the religion of Islam and this has caused discrimination on the structural level. Citizens in the United States expect that they are not subject to marginalization and be treated equally. Instead what Muslim constituents are finding is that they are being treated unfairly by law enforcement. Undermining the laws of the United States sets a dangerous precedent for the future. Thus it is absolutely crucial that the United States federal
Since the first colony began in the 1500s, America has been a place for people to get their first taste of freedom. It’s what the nation was built upon, and what millions of soldiers since have given their lives for. For hundreds of years, it has been a place for people to begin a life free of persecution. However, this has been evolving over the past few years for one reason and one reason alone--prejudice on the part of US citizens. People have become less accepting of foreigners, not knowing how many newcomers to the United States, particularly refugees, suffered in their home countries. They are searching for a place without violence. In many war-torn countries, gangs start recruiting children as young as six (Nazario). People are constantly threatened with rape, loss of loved ones, torture, and death. They come here hoping to escape and start a new life, only to find that many American citizens are less than welcoming. Many arguments against immigration are backed
Immigration has always had an impact von my life. My parents immigrated here from Haiti in ‘90s, fleeing the country due to violence during the uprising to overthrow former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Although, now my parents are legal in the country at a certain time they weren’t and they worked very hard to provide the best they could for my siblings and me. The refugees that are referred to in the article are fleeing the violent extremism in the Middle Eastern countries and some other countries. In David Miliband article, “Donald Trump’s Un-American Policy,” Miliband expresses how Un-American President Trump’s new policy to ban immigration from Syria indefinitely, this policy is a repudiation off the fundamentals of American values. Miliband discusses the United States role in the world as a solitude and refuge for immigrants in political uproar. Miliband’s argument is based on the ethical manners of the policy, creating an ethos effect. Miliband discusses why the policy is not a rational decision.
A recent, and dramatic turn of event that has taken place in the United States has been the shoot-out at the nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Nearly one day after the massacre, Donald Trump had once again forced the issue of Muslims immigrating to the United States. The shooter of that night had pleaded allegiance toward ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). However, the gunman was not an outsider who immigrated to the country, he was instead a local citizen, born in New York. Donald Trump has also called out against President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for not addressing the issue as “radical Islamic terrorism.” Clinton shot back calling his behavior “undignified” for a running candidate for president. Sam Frizell of Time added that “she (Clinton) lambasted Trump for doubling down on his call to ban Muslims from immigrating to the United States.” Clinton strongly views the issue as a dangerous move against Muslims because it sends a negative message around the world. Her perspective of the argument is also strongly concerned about the nation’s safety. Clinton’s words toward Trump dictating "he’s strengthening the terrorists’ argument,” shows that her conscience believes that banning Muslims from entering the United States would spark an outrage in the Muslim countries, moreover, its injustice toward the situation gives the United States a detrimental
Immigration has always been a controversial topic worldwide. Some countries have a strict policy while others do not. The United States is in dire need of immigration reform due to the varying opinions of politicians and the numerous lives being affected that are at stake. Many conservatives believe that it is bad for the economy and government, while others think the opposite. Immigration is a topic that is close to my heart because I come from a family who migrated here to the United States. Enrique’s Journey gave me a new perspective on the topic. My feelings were validated and strengthened after reading the book. Immigration is an extensive topic that has several different aspects to it. The discussion of Syrian refugees is similar to that of undocumented immigrants, but yet the two topics also share vastly different points. The divide between opinions creates a split within the United States. We must have immigration reform to begin the healing and problematic issues the United States faces.