Over the past two years, the debate around deporting illegal immigrants has become a very popular subject in the news. Many people seem to look at this debate with a very black or white point of view, disregarding any moral stance on deportation. This past week I sat down with my father, Robert Goldstein, to talk about how he views this topic from a moral standpoint. When discussing deportation, my father explained his personal belief that it is morally right to allow all humans to participate in a safe society. If their own society is not serving them or is taking away their quality of life, they should have the ability to join a different one. He went on to explain how as long as a person is going to contribute positively to a society, they …show more content…
This idea also applies to people who enter a society without legal permission but still actively participate and work to help the society as a whole. My father’s beliefs apply specifically to the United States of America as well. He believes our country was built on the idea that anyone can come here to make a better life for themselves and we have an obligation to uphold this ability. In conclusion, my father believes it is morally wrong to deport people who are actively participating in society in a positive way, regardless if they are apart of the society legally or not. While I was speaking with my father about his ideas on immigration and deportation, he seemed very focused on addressing how much our society benefits from immigrants, both documented and undocumented. He explained how he views illegal immigrants working in our society as something positive that outweighs any drawbacks because of how large of a role they have within our economy. His point of view reminded me strongly of utilitarianism. Utilitarianism is an ethics theory that focuses on making decisions based on helping the greatest number of people. This theory …show more content…
Without regulation, mass amounts of people can migrate to other countries to join different societies, causing a shortage in resources, space, and neglect. Although people would be moving to improve their quality of life, too many people migrating to one area can actually take away this positive quality, creating a more difficult life consequently. If a utilitarian belief was applied to this moral decision, the outcome would be contradicting as well. Allowing illegal immigrants to work in our society benefits the economy and the country as a whole. Without migration regulation, however, many people would suffer from the lack of resources and scarce opportunities within our country. To prevent too many people from entering our country in large amounts illegally, we have to reinforce some form of consequence for those who enter without documents and permission. Finding a balance between helping those in need but not creating neglect in the process is a moral dilemma faced when looking at the belief that all people should have the right to live in any society they
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The article titled "The New Latino Underclass" by Douglas Massey is an insightful reading that shows the readers just how profoundly discrimination affects the Latinos/Latinas in the United States. It was quite insightful as he stated the history of the discrimination along with the two concepts of "Latino Threat Narrative" and "Hispanic Challenge. " Not only was this article by Massey insightful, but saddening too. I was unaware how harsh the immigration process here in the United States could be especially to innocent people who are seeking safety from their own country. I overall agree with Massey in the sense that we cannot just deport bunches of people, but we must understand they are human.
The article, “Immigrant Crimes: Cultural Defense--a Legal Tactic” by Myrna Oliver is published in the Los Angeles Times. The author’s purpose was to evaluate the use of cultural defense on actions that we, as American believed that it’s morally wrong. Oliver uses different examples and testimonies to display the effective use of culture defense to justified behaviors that violates American laws. The article argues that cultural defense is popular among immigrants to get lighter punishments since they have different values and beliefs in their hometown.
However, there is one last debate about sanctuary cities that is more prominent than the rest- some people argue that the state of being an illegal immigrant should be a crime in itself, and punishable by all law enforcement. A person’s viewpoint on this pressing matter is based purely on personal preference and
Humans rarely change their ways; they stay in their own worlds and always interact with the same types of people. Unfortunately, this habit often creates unseen barriers that divide and alienate human beings from one another. In Luis Alberto Urrea’s book The Devil’s Highway, Urrea provides a personal perspective to immigration by telling the story of 26 illegal immigrants, known as the Wellton 26, who are abandoned as they cross the Mexico-U.S. border. Through their story, Urrea proves there are invisible borders among people that create prejudice, such as language, ethnicity, and economic status. By reading The Devil’s Highway, it is clear that these barriers must be broken down to ensure harmony within society.
“Expelling Immigrant Workers May Also Send Away the Work They Do” In the article “ Expelling Immigrant Workers May Also Send away the Work They Do” by Eduardo Porter, is mostly about how immigrants that migrated to America usually work as an agriculture, but if they get send back all their work will be gone since their work is really outstanding and it’s quality work. If all immigrants were send back, their work would disappear and the work of Americans wouldn’t be as good as an immigrant. A series of studies over the years found how, “ Expelling immigrants does not open opportunities for workers born in the United States, either. Rather, the shock leaves them worse off than when the immigrants were here” (Porter “Expelling Immigrant Workers”).
Immigration is a very broad topic, taking into consideration all of the emotional aspects it also provokes for the group of minorities that fall into this category in the United States. Although America is the home of a range of diversity, many still wish that their hopes of completing their “American dream” does not end soon. The Deferred Act for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is shortly coming to a complete end. This privilege of having the act gives many the opportunity to be considered a citizen and have most of the benefits that this act offers. But there are still immigrants, like Jose Antonio Vargas, out there who “even though I think of myself as an American and consider America my country, my country doesn’t think of me as one of its own.”
Immigration is deeply rooted in the American culture, yet it is still an issue that has the country divided. Marcelo and Carola Suarez-Orozco, in their essay, “How Immigrants Became ‘Other’” explore the topic of immigration. They argue that Americans view many immigrants as criminals entering America with the hopes of stealing jobs and taking over, but that this viewpoint is not true. They claim that immigrants give up a lot to even have a chance to come into America and will take whatever they can get when they come. The Suarez-Orozco’s support their argument using authority figures to gain credibility as well as exemplification through immigrant stories.
The American Declaration of Independence proudly proclaims what has become an iconic quote, and the cornerstone of American culture and government, “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (United States of America, 1776). However, a debate arises when applying such a statement to those who entered the country without following the legal pathway. Immigrants, both legal and illegal, often cross the borders of countries with not only themselves but a family in tow. In these families, children are not uncommon; a 2010 study revealed that there are an estimated 1 million unauthorized child immigrants in the United States,
While a majority of migrants coming across the nation’s borders in pursuit of job opportunities and building a new life for themselves; there are also migrants such as drug smugglers and terrorists posing an immense threat to safety of beings within the country legally. Resulting from hazardous migrants there is a resounding cry for an increase in border patrol agents, harsher immigration policies and an increase in overall border
Should there be numerous exceptions along with a significant price-tag to have basic human rights? How many Americans would be willing to meet those standards and pay that price? Additionally, border mobility is extremely biased; the wealthy can travel all over the world with no problems. TRANSITION Former president, Barrack Obama, deported more immigrants than any other president. Nevertheless, despite the President 's high rate of deportations, his deportation priorities focused on criminals rather than children and families (Zug, Marcia).
Immigrantion. There are many ways to deal with this subject, punishing immigrants and sending them back to Mexico, where they will live in poverty and struggle, to granting them Amnesty, which is an act of forgiveness for past offenses, is a concern that the United States Congress has sought to find a solution for. They often lean towards granting amnesty because immigrants have helped America as social change as well as the countries growth and development, but many people still . Amnesty is a both logical and fair choice, where as punishing immigrants causes many negative affects on children and spouses. Immigrants come to the America to provide for both family in Mexico and in the United States.
“…No human being is illegal…” -Elie Wiesel. This quote is so accurate because no matter our race, we are all people who deserve to choose where we live without having to worry about being an illegal citizen. It is heartbreaking to see what immigrated families have to go through whether they are separated, mistreated, or being unable to be free to live their lives without the worry of being sent back. Like in the book “Enrique’s Journey” that is a true story, the main character Enrique had to face all the struggles of immigration in his country. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2013 438 immigrants were sent back to their country with over half of those immigrants being non-criminals!
Undocumented immigrants live with fear of deportation every day of their lives. Those with control of state institutions who do not consider undocumented immigrants as worthy American residents in our society, take advantage of their power by instilling fear of deportation. The restrictive federal and state laws towards migration in the U.S. has become a way to keep undocumented immigrants and their families living in the shadows. Arrocha (2013) claims that the paradox of the U.S. migration seems be that our free democratic republicanism is viewed as the land of freedom, equality, and justice. Yet, these undocumented immigrants aren’t treated equally or given the freedom to live in our society without intimidation.
Introduction Informative, contemplative, and different are three words to describe “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” by Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco and Carola Suárez-Orozco from Rereading America. “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” talks about unauthorized immigration. More specifically, this source talks about the other side of the issue of unauthorized immigrants; the human face of it all. “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” depicts the monster from one of Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s thesis in the article, “Monster Culture (7 Theses).” The monster seen in the source “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” is the one that Cohen talks about in his fourth thesis, “The Monster Dwells at the Gates of Difference.”