Immigration: A Sociological Analysis

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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

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that immigration has always been a concern to citizens of the united states. beliefs concerning immigrants are stimulated through different sources, whether accurate or not.
  • Explains that many states in america have created policies intended to harm immigrants, such as the beason-hammon alabama taxpayer and citizen protection act.
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