Stereotype And P. 107 : Assumptions Of What People Are Like, Whether True Or False

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1. Stereotype / p. 107: Assumptions of what people are like, whether true or false. The documentary introduces us to the “wetbacks,” which is a label given to those who illegally cross the Mexico-U.S. boarder through a river called “Rio Grande,” without the benefit of a bridge. In details, the documentary follows throughout a journey that some chooses to face, in order to enter the United States. ”Thus, wetback characterizes anyone who enters [the United States] illegally from Mexico. The term, then, carries an unavoidable connotation – one who has broken the law.” (Bustamante) Erroneously, most people assume that because someone crossed the boarder from Mexico, they are all Mexicans. The majority is, indeed, from Mexico, however, a considerable portion are from Central American countries, such as Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and others. The other assumption that those who entered the United States illegally are criminals is untrue. Some undocumented individuals could indeed be criminals, but “being illegally present in the U.S has always been a civil, not a criminal, violation of the INA, [Immigration and Nationality Act] and subsequent deportation and associated administrative processes are civil proceedings.” (Congressional Research Service) The Obama administration increased the media attention on immigration issues, including, but not limiting to, how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should prioritize deportable individuals. The DHS is

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