Within the United States, one of the hardest things to do is motivating people to participate politically. A normal American frankly is not interested in the actions taken by a politician on a day-to-day bases. People naturally think as individuals instead on what is best for the group. The documentary “Immigration Battle” tracks the actions taken in Washington to attempt the passing of immigration reform and shows how low political participation is an issue. Currently Immigration reform is still stuck in government but there is still a multitude of people attempting to get something passed. This essay will discuss the issues involved with immigration reform, what is effective in moving forward, why Congress can’t get a pathway to legalization …show more content…
At the start, Senator Luis Gutierrez is at the spearhead of the immigration debate with the group of eight to produce a bill. The meetings were going strong but as time continued, the group fizzled out to nothing. The group of eight was mainly democrats so when the word of these meeting became public the republicans saw this as a treat. People at the epicenter of the immigration reform push saw what was happening and they knew a bipartisan solution was required. In order for that to happen civic engagement had to be practiced so that “policies, ideologies, and outcomes” (Levine, 2013) are promoted. The way that this happened was by congressional representatives reaching across party lines. For example, Senator Luis Gutierrez met with Representative Paul Ryan even though they usually do not agree on topics. This grew even more when people like Senator Harry Reid joined the …show more content…
The President wanted a solution to come from Congress so he waited. Efforts were made on both the democrat and republican side but when Senator Cantor lost his state’s primary, all of that was halted. Too much time was wasted and in the end, the president had to declare an executive action. An agreement on pathway to legalization could not be made because each party wanted credit for it. When one party did something the other one felt threatened and actions were made to stop each other. What couldn’t be agreed on was legalization to all with a little citizenship or a little legalization with a little citizenship. The leaders in the nation’s capital straight up were caught in extended politics and a resolution was never
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In his opinionated news article, “Ignorant Immigration Reform”, author David J. Bier asserts his opinion on a bill that will reduce the legal immigration by 50% in the United States. Bier supports his position by discussing how the bill won’t reduce immigration, stop the way immigrants are affecting the Americans wages and how they’re following Canada’s footsteps by concentrating on the skilled immigrants. Bier’s purpose is to notify the government of basic facts that they should know before making such claims, in order to bring into light what the real issue is. He writes in a very direct and sincere tone for the government and general public to inform them on false information that the government is claiming that the bill will do. Bier makes it very clear on where he stands on this issue by using credible facts, briefly explaining the opposing side's viewpoint, but he also shows that he’s very bias.
In 9500 Liberty, Greg Letiecq, controversial blogger and President of Help Save Manassus, utilized his blog and his organization as a platform to make significant changes to the immigration policy in Prince William County. The ‘immigration resolution’ began simply through community interaction as citizens began to generate a divided social identity, ultimately producing a ‘them’ versus ‘us’ mentality. Through a micro-level perspective 9500 Liberty reveals the impact of one person on the controversial issue of immigration, galvanizing the community of Manassus and the Board of Supervisors of Prince William County to unanimously adopt a new illegal immigration policy. One way this can be seen is to consider the impact the policy had within the community of Prince William County.
In the essay on realclearpolitics.com titled Our Brave New World of Immigration, The author Victor Davis Hanson addresses the issue of illegal immigration. Hanson argues that immigration is without a set pattern and that today compared to migration in the 19th century is different because people can enter the country illegally. Illegal immigration is transgression of Federal Immigration law and costly to the American government also it is leading to an exponential growth in an already densely populated United States. Hanson points out that there is no forethought of whether people enter legally nor if they learn to speak English. The author also mentions that there is an endless number of illegal immigrants that have not assimilated.
Congressional candidates adapt their message based on the unique needs, concerns and interests of the community, showing how they can best represent that
works as well as for individuals who understand the process and sought insider information. Rivlin (2022) utilized storytelling of her experiences in Washington D.C. to display how even though there were times that partisanship would prevail, the efforts of lawmakers and other government officials to pass laws to benefit the American public succeeded. Through those experiences, she describes ways to address the rise of division in the US and even ways for normal Americans to get involved which greatly benefits people who want to change things. However, the lack of text dedicated to addressing Republicans’ slide toward authoritarianism will hinder any progress to increase bipartisanship. The Washington Center Academic Seminar highlighted the points focusing on bipartisanship addressing issues rather than focusing on partisan conflict.
“As one of the dumb, voiceless ones I speak. One of the millions of immigrants beating, beating their hearts at your gates for a breath of understanding…” (America and I, Pg16). To many, America seems to promise a life fulfilled, but it doesn’t uphold its promise and immigrants seem to seek a reason for their suffering. They desire to be heard, to be understood.
One strength of a political party is that they are “essential institutions for the operation of the American government” (Barker, 2016, p. 1, para. 1). One of the functions of the political party is to be the middle person between citizens and “their elected government” (Barker, 2016, p. 4, para. 2) so that the people can feel as if their voices will be heard and the issues will be resolved. Although political parties should be for the people, one of the weaknesses is that “many believe that the major parties do not do an adequate job of
In Central America there are high levels of violence, particularly, in regard to gangs who are specifically targeting women. Resulting in families fleeing to the United States through the southern border. In an attempt to stop illegal immigration the current administration has been placing migrants, when caught, in detention centers. This is done as a message to others to not come over, and also as a holding place until they can be sent back to their home country. This becomes more controversial because of who is being held in these centers.
It is necessary to understand that although, it is the working of committees that creates legislation, it is the individual politician whom takes credit for it. As mentioned previously, party unity does not exist beyond the local level, and never has. Mayhew continues this with, “…Congress does not have to sustain a cabinet…” (p. 128). Members of Congress have no need to be cohesive, but can if they want to do so.
A. First, amnesty for illegal immigration. B. Second, improve work program. C. Finally, make illegal self-deport. [Transition to Body: Illegal Immigration is a challenging issue, however, there are ways to find solutions for these undocumented immigrations to be either deported or legalized.]
“We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation.” (Marsalis). Politics influences almost everything we do in our lives and how we do it. Therefore, political participation in the American government, a democracy, is the best way to be the change you want to see in your community and in your country. One small yet important and effective way to do this is by contacting your government and voicing your opinions, and when I wanted to raise the issue of immigration reform for the DACA recipients, I researched the issue, wrote a letter, and sent it.
Even in years after the immigration reform of 1986 all other attempts have failed because of the Republican Party’s lack of support. Also every attempt after has failed without the support and funding from businesses just made it all the harder. Businesses where not willing to risk funding the bill and then creating complications with hiring overseas workers. With the immigration reform there where many complications with trying to please everyone that the bill effected, without funding or even support from both businesses and immigration advocates the bill sees no