After WW2, there has been a mass migration of foreigners coming to England for a better life. Some of them were able to blend in properly with the lifestyle, but for others, it has been a struggle. Considering that British Citizens were not fond of this migration, they showed racism towards the newcomers. In Gilroy’s novel, `There Ain’t No Black in Union Jack’, quoted from Errol Lawrence The Empire Strikes Back in 1982, “This group has made 'race ' into a synonym for ethnicity and a sign for the sense of separateness which endows groups with an exclusive, collective identity” (Gilroy 16). In order to stop racism in this country, Ged Grebby started the Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC), an anti-racism education charity aiming to educate people in England about racism and how to end it.
Our nation is a melting pot of many different cultures. America has become famous for its thriving diversity. This would not have been possible if it weren’t for the many immigrants, who come here in search of a better life. As of lately though, there has been much controversy over whether or not we should allow those who come here illegally to be granted amnesty. As a daughter of immigrant parents, I know first hand about how dedicated immigrants are, and the difficulties it would cause to send them back to their former country.
President John F. Kennedy, in his book A Nation of Immigrants, emphasizes that “each new wave…made its distinctive contribution to the American Character” (17). Yet, as Gloria Anzaldúa describes in “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” “ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity” (81). The “linguistic terrorism” (80) she experiences when institutions attempt to remove her Spanish dialects decreases her feelings of cultural and individual “legitimacy” (81). In many cases, this also leads to diminishing connections with culture. Some, like Anzaldúa, view this effect as forceful and a form of cultural terrorism.
However, the process of physically and verbally removing whole families from their homes, and sending them back to places that some might not even recognize is just absurd. The numbers prove that immigrants do contribute to society and that hard working illegal immigrants, in my opinion, earned their right to be in the United States when their whole mindset is to provide something better for themselves and their. Yes, not all illegal immigrants pose positive impacts to society, but not all legal Americans are positive impacts to society
Why have civil right and liberties remained such as big-ticket topic? History of the United States shows a major gap between what is written and what is practiced (Ginsberg, Benjamin, et al. 96). The first ten amendments to the constitution were made specifically for the protection of American citizen’s rights against the federal government in 1787, (against the wishes of some whom stated to put restraints on “powers which are not granted” could allow for governments to claim more powers than given) though before the civil rights protests of the 1960’s some of these rights were being overlooked. Civil liberties and rights has had a steady push for expansion dating back almost a hundred years before the marches with the ratification of the fourteenth amendment in 1868 which nationalized the bill of rights to safeguard Americans from both the federal and state governments, which translates to mean citizenship rights cannot be abridged by the states either, however congress largely ignored this amendment (Ginsberg, Benjamin, et al.
Surely, there are a few bad apples among the lot, but in all that is good, there is bad. Immigrants are not responsible for gun violence, economic failure, or US’s intolerance for their fellow man. Xenophobia is still present in American society, because its citizens are unable to let go of the old ideas of isolation. It will cost a lot more to get rid of immigrants! How about putting all that time and resources to good use for America; come together as one, and make America great
Guy Peters points out in American Public Policy: Promise and Performance, “Public policy is the sum of government activities, whether pursued directly or through agents, as those activities have an influence on the lives of citizens” (Peters 4). Although immigration has affected the lives of many Americans both good and bad, many feel they are being threatened by America’s lack and broken immigration system. The difficulty lies in determining how large a problem, if any; the current immigration system is on the United States and what can be done to improve
The most common made claim against the Patriot Act is that federal agents will arrest immigrants based solely on their race or where they come from. What most do not know is that, “no one has been arrested under the immigrations provisions of the Patriot Act” (Fitzgerald, 2003). For the most part people are just simply uninformed on major issues that are blown out of proportion by the media. Those who blame the Patriot Act for discrimination against immigrants do not know that immigration arrests have been made under laws that existed before the Patriot Act (Fitzgerald, 2003). Discrimination against immigrants does not exist because of the Patriot Act because it existed long before this law, however, since this act made it easier to track and arrest terrorists that enter the country legally it is getting blamed for doing the job of protecting this country.
Illegal immigration has been spreading widely throughout the years and that is because of what many nations have been going through from civil wars and revolutions that started forming refugees that had no choice but to immigrate since they have nowhere else to go. It has been a problem facing many countries especially the United States. People have been entering through the borders of Mexico and other neighboring countries. However, some of those immigrants have actually entered the United States legally but have never left ever since. Even though the United Nations does seek to offer help for those in need, many people still tend to abuse their rights as humans and break the laws.
Immigration has always played a part in American history; however, today immigrants are faced with new problems. The new problems that they are facing include deportation and detention. Increasing detentions and deportations will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. These new threats are disturbing to those who have established families, homes, employment, and continued education in the United States. Immigration has long supported the growth and dynamism of the U.S. economy (Team & Nicholson, 2017).