Immigration Infographic: Major Events in U.S. Immigration History

“This timeline provides facts, major events, and laws throughout immigration history in the U.S. Prior to 1890, the individual states, rather than federal government, passed laws and regulated immigration into the U.S. In 1882, the largest number of immigrants (nearly 1 million) prompted the government to develop a national immigration policy and Congress began to pass immigration laws. The dates and facts are posted in history timeline.”

Immigration Infographic

 

Making Memes: The Trump Way

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I created Trump memes using http://memegenerator.net. My blog focuses on immigration into America, and with a presidential election upon us, I thought making Trump memes fit into the category of immigration. My main goal of creating these memes was to represent Trump’s immigration ideas, including building a wall between Mexico and America, and his opinions on different ethnicities. The first meme reads “The Great Wall of Trump”; I chose this text because of Trump’s imaginative idea to separate Mexico and The United States with a wall, and how large of an impact this would have on immigration. I think the meme represents how ironic this idea is because it portrays Trump building the wall; in reality, Trump wants to scam Mexico into not only building the wall, but paying for it, too. I also chose these words because it implies Trump’s “my way or the highway” persona. The second meme reads “Make America Great Again”; Trump has openly shared his opinions about different ethnicities and races, particularly African Americans and Hispanics, taking a clear stance that White is better. A common Trump phrase is “Make American Great Again” or “Make America White Again”. I chose this pun line simply to mock Trump; America didn’t originate with White occupants, and no race is better than another. Trump’s immigration plan to make America White only is unrealistic, offensive, and represents his lack of ability to run The United States as president. The goal of my memes is to show one side of immigration reform in America if Trump is elected president, emphasize how Trump’s ideologies will affect America, and for viewers to begin thinking about their own expectations for immigration reform and border control. My memes are intended to humor the audience, while also evoking emotion and thought. The upcoming presidential election offers a vast array of information on immigration, and I have chosen to “mock” one viewpoint in hopes viewers will investigate what is really happening in American regarding immigration. I think that both memes fall into the pros and cons list of immigration that my blog has also mentioned.

Content: Limor Shifman describes content as a reference “to both the ideas and ideologies conveyed by it” (40). The first idea expressed through the Trump meme is that Donald Trump, potential president, wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexican border. Trump is conveying that illegal immigrants should not be allowed in the U.S. and that building a wall will prevent illegal immigration and help reform border control. The second idea illustrated by the Peter Griffith meme is that Trump wants to make America great again, or white again. Blacks, Mexicans, and other races than white are not okay. Both memes share the common theme of Trump’s ideas on immigration, and his plans for immigration reform if elected president.

Form: Limor Shifman describes this dimension as “the physical incarnation of the message” (40). In terms of form, both memes illustrate meme in a humorous manner, either as a cartoon or the cartoon character Peter Griffith from Family Guy, a comedy show; representing Trump in this manner shows the lack of seriousness in his ideologies. Irony arises in the first image; Trump has no intentions of building the wall himself, but instead plans to con Mexico into building and paying for the structure. The message of these memes differs, but both fall into the same overall category: Trump plans.

Stance: Limor Shifman defines stance as “the ways in which addressors position themselves in relation to the text, its linguistic does, the addressees, and other potential speakers” (40). The stance in these memes is to show Trump viewpoints on immigration in America, his immigration reform plans, and his mockery. The memes contribute to Trump’s publicity, possibly bashing the American people for publicizing such a joke as a potential president. The key communication in each meme is funny, ironic, and mocking.

Digital Narrative: A Tale of Immigration Stories

Statistics do not tell the story of immigration, people do. Enjoy a brief presentation telling the story of my dear friend, Angelito, and how migrating to the United States from the Philippines truly changed his life. Others offer their personal stories, including the memories, tears, and smiles made along the journey America. The multiple stories represent the hardships and positivity, the advantages and disadvantages, and the good verse the bad that individuals encounter when making the move to “the land of opportunity.” I hope Angelito’s words and the tales of others who have experienced migration to America will represent both the good and bad that can be experienced by immigrants.

To view the piece, visit: http://prezi.com/8jxqss0z0ojv/utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

What Americans Want to Do About Illegal Immigration

The debate over the future of the nation’s estimated 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants continues to be a hot topic and political front burner. President Barack Obama has taken actions to prevent the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants. The topic of illegal immigration has stormed the Republican Party as well; Donald Trump calls for deporting all undocumented immigrants in the United States, and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Others consider changing the amendment that guarantees birthright citizenship.

Republicans and Democrats have long been conflicted over U.S. immigration policy. Consistent majorities of Republicans favor providing a path to legal status for illegal immigrants residing the states; yet most Republicans also fear that granting legal status would represent reward for illegal actions. Past numbers show nearly half of Republicans supporting change to ban birthright citizenship, and a majority supporting a barrier between the U.S. and Mexico.

Pew Research Center breaks down public opinion on some key immigration issues:

Stay or Deport?

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Conducted in May 2015, 72% of Americans-including 80% of Democrats, 76% of Independents, and 56% of Republicans, say undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. should be allowed to stay legally if they meet certain requirements. Just 17% of the public overall favored a “national law enforcement effort to deport” all illegal immigrants, including 27% Republicans. In 2013, 76% of Republicans said this was unrealistic. A 2014 survey found the public divided on feelings about the record number of deportations of unauthorized immigrants during the Obama administration. Overall, 45% of Americans say this is a good thing, and 45% say bad. A high of 55% Republicans rate this record deportation as good, as opposed to 37% of Americans. Republicans who agree with the Tea Party, 65%, were more likely to favor deportations. Regarding Hispanics, 60% saw the deportations as a bad thing, with 46% worrying about a family member or close friend being deported. To 56%, it is important for undocumented immigrants to be able to work and live in the U.S. without the threat of deportation that to obtain legal citizenship.

Birthright Citizenship

birthrightThe current debate battles over whether to change the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, stating “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the U.S. and the State wherein they reside.” The majority of Americans, 57%, said that the Constitution should stay the same, with 39% favoring change to ban birthright citizenship; 87% of Americans were are of this birthright. The idea of ending birthright citizenship drew opposition among Hispanics (73%), young people (73% of people under 30), and Democrats (66%). Republicans remained split; 49% wanted to leave it as is, and 47% favored change to ban birthright citizenship.

At least 4.5 million U.S. born children lived with at least one unauthorized parent in a 2012 analysis.

Building a Wall

In October 2011, 46% favored building a wall along the entire border of Mexico, while 47% were opposed. Republicans (62%) were more likely than independents (44%) or Democrats (39%) to support building this barrier.

View of Immigrants

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Are immigrants generally a problem, taking jobs and services, or do they strengthen the country through hard work and talents? In a May 2015 survey, 51% of Americans view immigrants as a burden; Republicans (63%) are more likely than Democrats (32%) to share this viewpoint. The share of Republicans that view immigrants as a burden jumped 15%; in May 2014 it was 48%.

Immigration Decline

As growth of this power has stalled, there has been a sharp rise in the time that illegal immigrants have lived in the U.S. In 2013, the average time illegal immigrants had been in the U.S. 13 years, compared to only 8 years in 2003.

Immigration has not ranked high in the annual poll on the issues Americans see as a top priority for the president and Congress. Even Hispanics view other issues as more important; education (92%), jobs and economy (91%), health care(86%), immigration (73%).

Sources and Information provided by: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/08/24/what-americans-want-to-do-about-illegal-immigration/

“How To: Understanding Amnesty”

The U.S. is built on immigrants; somewhere along the line one or more of your ancestors came from another country to make their home in the United States, unless you are Native American. A very high percent of Americans are immigrants, or come from immigrant families. With this basic understanding, you would think that “Americans” would share empathy for people that are new to the states, regardless of how they got here; however, this is not the case, a common mindset of the American people is to deport and punish those who have broken the law and came here illegally.

Illegal immigration is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, and multiple amnesty plans have been kicked around, including graduated plans that will result in amnesty over time to across the board forgiveness and U.S. citizenship. Making your own decision about amnesty for illegal immigrants can help you vote with confidence for your elected leaders that are in sync with your belief system. In addition to gaining an understanding of amnesty, the pros and cons of amnesty and different political opinions regarding the issue can be evaluated.

List of Pros of Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants

Amnesty offers some benefits that could improve life in the US not only for the illegal immigrants but for the bigger population.

  1. Economic Responsibility
    Illegal immigrants do not contribute to the overall good of the economy, yet. They work very hard but their money is not taxed because they do not have the legal right to work in the U.S., meaning literally millions of dollars each year goes in unpaid income tax. An amnesty program would allow for every illegal immigrant to work legally in the US and pay taxes, multiplying the tax base by many millions of dollars each year.
  2. Accountability
    As Americans we are accountable to one another and to the greater good of society. Illegal immigrants may not feel that responsibility to the members of the greater society because they live on the fringes of that society; incorporating illegal immigrants into the greater society by offering them amnesty could result in an overall stronger America.
  3. Cuts Down On Crime
    A lot of people mistakenly believe that illegal immigrants commit the brunt of the crimes in the U.S. The reality is just like with any other group, there are pockets of people that commit crimes. Amnesty would help to identify those people that are not interested in becoming law abiding citizens or that have other intentions by being in the U.S. It can help to cut down on crime by making people more accountable and easier to track.
  1. It’s the Right Thing to Do
    The U.S. has always been a beacon of hope to people around the world. Our Statue of Liberty has been welcoming people from around the world with the words imprinted on her base “give me your tired your hungry…” for years and years. Amnesty is the ethical thing to do. Many illegal immigrants come here and have children; those children are considered American citizens because they are born on American soil. Deporting the parents would mean breaking up the family. In some cases deporting someone back to their country could mean condemning them to a life of poverty or even physical punishment and death.
  2. It Gives People a Chance
    Everyone deserves a second chance! One of the pros of amnesty is the ideal that if you give someone a second chance at life they can go on to do great things. Sometimes all it takes is that opportunity and people can lead very successful lives. The possibility of someone going on to raise a family in the U.S. that could have a member that would improve our society is very high. Many proponents feel that people are worth the chance.

List of Cons of Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants

  1. Supports Law Breaking
    Amnesty would effectively wipe the slate clean for people that broke the law to get here and would send the wrong signal to other people that wanted to immigrate here the right way and follow the laws. A lot of opponents to amnesty worry that granting amnesty would reduce the need for people to do things the right way. There are laws in place for a reason and providing amnesty to those that do not follow the laws can encourage bad behavior.
  2. The Burden on the Economy
    There are estimated hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in the U.S. that are NOT entitled to certain benefits and the economy already feels the drain from the benefits that they are entitled to. Giving amnesty to hundreds of thousand illegal immigrants and making them legal could easily strain the economy to the point of breaking.
  3. Effect on the Unemployment Rate
    If amnesty was granted that would mean that hundreds of thousands of people would instantly be entering the job market as a legal documented worker. While the onslaught of illegal workers absolutely makes the pay rates plummet, if they were legal workers then the competition would be stiffer and may actually increase the unemployment rate.

Conclusion: Republican candidates are anti-amnesty, and Democratic candidates are pro-amnesty

 

Top 10 Pros and Cons of Illegal Immigration

Pros

1. It helps the economy.

According to supporters, illegal immigrants work for cheaper labor and often hardworking people, trying to save money to bring back to their families. Illegal immigrants increase the labor force, and businesses can increase production and reach targeted sales at less expense. Blooming business is always good for the economy.

2. Undocumented immigrants take all kinds of jobs.

Illegal immigrants work the jobs the average American will not be willing to. Typical jobs illegal immigrants take on include household chores, cleaning, feeding pets, taking care of an adult who needs care and attention, and fast food services. Illegal immigrants offer help that typical Americans will not.

3. Illegal immigrants who work also pay taxes.

Some illegal immigrants who have managed to get jobs in home care, restaurants, and automobile shops pay revenue to the agency; staying illegally somehow allows them to compensate the government, and they also have to open back accounts and buy necessities. They money and taxes and they pay helps the U.S. economy.

4. Undocumented immigrants contribute to culture and biodiversity.

Bringing in their culture and skills to the nation and contributing to a mixed culture can be seen as a benefit.

5. Deporting illegals can cost the government.

Deporting all the illegals overstaying in America will cost a lot of money, and is not so easy, an expense the U.S cannot afford.

 Cons

1. The threat of terrorism and crimes.

Opponents of illegal immigrants argue America is faced with national issues such as threats of terrorism. Illegal immigrants, although not always bad, may come to the U.S. to havoc fear and commit crimes like drug trafficking and illegal activities. There have been reports of more than a hundred cases of crimes related to illegal immigrants.

2. Illegal immigrants take American jobs.

The influx of illegal workers is causing more and more Americans to remain unemployed because employers favor illegal immigrants over legal residents because of cheap labor and longer working hours.

3. Illegal immigration costs money.

Taxpayers money is spent on paying for border patrol and deportation. Poor illegal immigrants medical expenses are paid for by the government and this money came from American taxpayers, too.

4. Undocumented immigrants add to the population.

Those not happy with illegal immigration complain that with the increasing number of illegal immigrants and some with children, more people add to overcrowding buses and trains as well as students granted with scholarships, which should not be given to illegal immigrants. There situations are not favorable of most people.

5. Illegal immigration is a law violation.

Some critics are fired up with the fact that amnesty is granted, and say it should not be tolerated. Because they came illegally and violated the law, letting them stay here should be forbidden and will only encourage them to do more illegal acts.