Should Borders Be Closed?

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Getting to this third step, we have gained knowledge, by learning the facts and by better understanding the situations of migrants. Also, we have adequately imagined ourselves in each role; putting together a reality of what it means to be a migrant coming to the U.S. to work, what triggers that migration, the dangers of coming, and the jobs that are available and taken by migrants. The largely positive impacts on citizens and how citizens would be affected by the absence of this complementary labor force.
It is in this step that we challenge our personal thoughts against the facts and see if we are being consistent with our beliefs and application of the GR. We now ask ourselves, “am I now willing that I’d be treated this way if, I was
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The Cato Institute in his report entitled, “Criminal Immigrants: their Numbers, Demographics, and Countries of Origin” comes to the same conclusion as they found that immigrants were less likely than native-born Americans to be incarcerated (Landgrave and Nowrasteh). These facts do not change that Americans believe the rhetoric that immigrants are more likely to commit crimes. In fact, most already think that undocumented immigrants or illegals are already committing a crime by being in the U.S. The question is—how with the facts reflecting the opposite, there has not been a curbing and correcting of the U.S.’s public opinion and social policies? Often, it seems like the goal is to stigmatize immigrants, then publicize their crimes with the hope that they would be associated with their crimes.
The stereotype of the criminal immigrants has deep historical root. For example, historian Claudia Koonz in The Nazi Science notes that the Nazi newspaper Der Sturmer started with the purpose of publishing crimes committed by Jews, and continued this trend even when the party was in power. The frequency and harshness of the statistics intensified when the Hitler lead government failed to convince most Germans to boycott Jewish businesses. To this, historian Saul Friedlander adds, “until 1938, Hitler’s Ministry of Justice ordered prosecutors to forward every criminal
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