Immigration has continuously been a concern to citizens of the United States. Beliefs concerning immigrants are stimulated through different sources, whether they are accurate or not. In recent years, public officials have instilled fears about immigrants in the United States. For example, the reference of immigrants taking American jobs has become a grand concern, along with many other thoughts about immigrants. Whereas, more recently, during the presidency of Donald Trump, fears and attitudes were reinforced when action to control immigrants became one of Trump’s priorities. The word “immigration” is often viewed in American society as something negative. Moreover, many states in America have created policies intended to harm immigrants. …show more content…
In fact Schwalbe suggests that “[i]deas that lead us to think of ourselves as solely as competing individuals, free to do anything we want at any time, can keep us from being mindful of the social world in which we are immersed” (2008). Because Americans are the dominant group, it is easily seen that some Americans could see immigrants as inferior to themselves. From a sociologically perspective, if one would consider factors like higher education among Americans, it would make sense on how America’s higher education could potentially contribute to the negative ideology that Americans have against immigrants. To be frank, Americans probably do not want to step down in a work position. Americans tend to isolate themselves from others, remaining individualistic. As the North Carolina study would suggest, the hard work that immigrants engage in, is most likely not a high enough standard for American workers. Therefore, Americans are ultimately remaining too prideful to consider such hard work that immigrants …show more content…
Trump’s ideologies, whereas, focus more on the fear of immigrants. According to The White House, United States Government, Donald Trump’s executive order states, that it is “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” (2017). In return of Trump’s executive order, the president instilled fears about immigrations being terrorists. Because the president’s position is valued very highly, Americans generally obey their legitimate authority. Schwalbe would suggest that “[i]nstilling such ideas makes others dependent on you, in which case you can demand from them what you want” (2008). In this case, Trump created a moral panic in America. He potentially caused some Americans to generalize all immigrants into a category of terrorists. Therefore, there is quite a pushback on the positive attitudes towards immigration, which ultimately shifted towards negative. By taking into consideration of some historical events and quite recent policies, in which favor Americans’ fears against immigrants, from looking at a sociologically perspective, one can understand why native-born Americans are so hostile towards the inferior group of immigrants. However, moral panic, along with instilling fears, has created blind spots for many Americans. Research has shown that immigrants do in fact contribute to America’s economy, despite generalizations and
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Since the beginning, America has always been a nation of immigrants, but many times the very same America seems to forget. As of today there are millions of immigrants who are looked down upon by American-born citizens who were freed by their immigrants ancestors generations ago. Today in the year of 2016 immigration is a burning topic in American politics and in regular discussions around the country. Many allege that Immigration has and continues to ruin America others disagree. Most of the time the people who are against immigration are the ones who only know the single stories about immigrants or simply aren 't educated enough on the topic. Unfortunately out of these single stories believed about immigrants and immigration as a whole stereotypes
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In recent discussions, the topic of immigration and the fundamental question of what is to be done with immigration? has been circulating in many american homes today, especially the closer we get to election day. As David Cole puts it in his essay Five Myths about Immigration “But just as in the 1850’s, passion, misinformation, and shortsighted fear often substitute for reason, fairness, and human dignity in today’s immigration debates”(185). Despite misconceptions of immigrants, Cole believes that immigrants positively affect society in several ways. In addition, Cole challenges and questions the beliefs of others in his essay. Whereas, Victor Davis Hanson’s essay Our Brave New World of Immigration focuses
In 1893 two deadly disease outbreaks were found linked to immigrants in America. However, at this time Americans did not want to suspend immigration. “Public opinion, despite worries over immigration, was not willing to jettison America’s traditional vision of immigration” (Cannato 87). Even with the want to protect the “traditional vision of immigration” that America had, fear of immigrants still existed. Also propaganda in newspapers created a hateful insight on immigration for Americans that knew nothing about immigration. “For Americans who did not have close contact with immigrants, their vision of these newcomers often came from cartoons drawn by unsympathetic hands” (Cannato 179). By only witnessing immigration through hate filled cartoons, Americans started to loathe the idea of immigration. Fear of the unknown that immigrants brought only grew as the years went by. During the 1920s, the idea that the country was no longer one race bothered a great deal of Americans. “The Great War seemed to shift public attitudes toward immigrants, since ‘Americans were forced to the realization that their country, instead of being a homogenous whole, was a jumbled-up mass of undigested racial material” (Cannato 335). The idea of not being one set race, made many Americans leery of immigration. Even after the 1920s the alarm towards immigration has only grown. In addition to the attitudes of the American people during the late 1800s to 1900s, the experiences that immigrants went through was highlighted in Cannato’s book as
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