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A better understanding of the immigration problem in the us

  • Many people stopped at the border have an immediate or extended family member already in the United States;
  • This may be tempting for some groups that face much hardship, but it will be understandable in that case that local populations will not look too kindly on this attempt to get a free ride;
  • The highest murder rates in the world are found in El Salvador and Honduras;
  • Many people stopped at the border have an immediate or extended family member already in the United States;
  • Not your typical refugee Legally, American laws and regulations count someone as a refugee by granting them asylum on the grounds that their personal safety is at risk if they stayed in their home country;
  • Teenagers — and it was mainly 16-and-17-year-olds — tended not to come from the poorest places, but from places where there was enough money to pay smugglers to shepard minors through Mexico and across the U.

War and violent conflict are mentioned in just eight of ninety articles in all three newspapers, a very low figure when compared with the thirty-seven articles discussing the relatively minor issue of asylum seeker accommodation. Macro issues that might embarrass powerful state-corporate interests are also ignored or neglected. Two major examples include the impacts of the arms trade and economic trade liberalisation.

  1. What mattered most was a rise in homicides. It has even got to the point where I know some fellow Asians in UK who also say that immigration is out of control, though they talk not of people from their own ethnicities and backgrounds of course, but of others.
  2. They however, become easy targets when the general economic conditions in that host country worsen.
  3. After weeks of defending the policy both as a deterrent and necessary to make the border legally meaningful, President Donald Trump and his administration reversed course.

The former receives no mention at all, while the latter is hinted at indirectly in one piece in the Guardian. The majority of articles that discussed human rights as a theme covered the same issue, about UK consiering withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights in order to justify the exclusion of certain asylum seekers.

Yet, while a human rights issue, it is placed in the context of exclusion policies and bogus asylum applicants. This limits to just three articles any mention of human rights abuses in the country of origin — abuses that might have caused the original application to be made, and which cast a far less negative light on the subject of asylum and immigration.

In looking at the media coverage, an interesting observation was made: An interesting, perhaps ironic, footnote to the thematic results involves the eight references made to media coverage.

Both the Guardian and the Independent provide a number of articles denouncing what they describe as the essentially racist coverage of tabloid and right-wing newspapers, including the third news outlet in this case study, the Daily Telegraph.

The latter does not follow this theme and has no articles mentioning media coverage. Matthew Randall, Asylum and Immigration; Comparing the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The IndependentMedia Lens, December 8, While a full third of the case studies afforded view points from non-governmental organizations NGOs politicians being afforded the most coverage giving the sense of balance, Randall notes that, a closer analysis shows that politicians remain overwhelmingly the agenda-setters in these articles with NGO representatives very seldom initiating the subject of the news item.

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Their role is very much confined to reaction and comment. This general trend reveals how view points representing those who have influence are the ones that typically make it into mainstream discourse. Analysis of media sourcing demonstrates that UK newsgathering has a strong symbiotic relationship with political elites ensuring that a substantial number of articles are formed around government press releases and statements of policy. Groups without recourse to large public relations resources — such as asylum seekers, refugees and the predominantly small NGOs that represent them — tend not to set the agenda for issues under discussion.

  1. Other times, policy does indeed seem to favor struggling immigrants over struggling local populations; it could be argued that local populations have had more opportunity than immigrant populations, and so the latter may benefit from some temporary assistance, but local populations are not going to accept that easily leaving policy makers feel they have little choice but to appear tough on immigration.
  2. In looking at the media coverage, an interesting observation was made. Studies show a drop in the number of young men in Mexico, a group that was always the main source of border crossers.
  3. In the same period, the fraction of females, both children and adults, doubled from 13 percent of all apprehensions to 26 percent. Instead, immigration has been publicized as a more important issue.

We therefore get a strange situation whereby ideologically distinct newspapers focus on aspects of immigration and asylum that concur with the priorities of the political elite The significant avoidance and omission of important themes and issues that should form regular and central points of reference leads to a support of an agenda of the political elite, even if that is not the intention. Opinions reflect hype — especially during election time Almost a year and a half since the above was written, the hype has remained.

And as the British elections have drawn closer, the issue of immigration and asylum has been one of the issues discussed out of an extremely small number of issues, it has to be added.

Just 21 of them were allowed to claim benefits 0. But targeted screening at Heathrow airport found just cases intests in 0.

Does America face a refugee or an immigration problem?

The British Medical Association said it has seen no evidence of a health tourism phenomenon. For a long time, but increasingly during election times, spear-headed by right-wing parties such as the Conservatives and tabloid media, scares of immigration being out of control are returning.

For sure, there have been isolated incidents that cause much concern, such as the recent case of a failed asylum seeker killing a police officer and conspiring to create the deadly poison ricin though it seems police foiled that in time. However, using terrorism to add to the asylum and immigration hysteria just creates more fear and animosity. In effect, it also suggests that almost all especially brown-skinned asylum seekers and immigrants are potential terrorists.

It has even got to the point where I know some fellow Asians in UK who also say that immigration is out of control, though they talk not of people from their own ethnicities and backgrounds of course, but of others. For more details on these impacts, see this site's section a better understanding of the immigration problem in the us behind consumption and consumerismand on causes of hunger. These other problems not only affect British people, but also have a significant impact on other parts of the world.

Notably, there has almost been nothing discussed on these other issues during the same election campaign, in either a national or international context. Instead, immigration has been publicized as a more important issue. Back to top United Europe The European Union has had policies to control immigration from non-member countries. Spain for example seems to be facing a larger number of immigrants from Morocco and other North African countries where people want to escape their politically conflict-torn countries and seek a better standard of living in Europe.

However, many people are dying trying to achieve this. The preceding paragraph was written some 8 years ago, in In Septembersimilar issues still exist. Inter Press Service reports on many issues continuing today. For example, Spain recently threatened to deport illegal immigrants residing within its borders. In addition, The British government says it is considering restricting access to nationals of Bulgaria and Romania—if and when the two countries gain admission to the EU.

As the European Union has grown, it is common to hear concerns in UK for example, at the rising number of people from East Europe. The fear is the threat to job security and downward pressure on wages, which are understandable concerns.

The underlying context of what makes this possible—the corporate drive for a more open, free market system within the EU, that will see winners and losers, and that also tends towards the lowest common denominators—is hardly discussed.

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At the same time, Western Europe is now more inclined to hire Eastern Europeans both for skilled and unskilled jobs than Asians and Africans. Some human rights activists say that the European restrictions need to be modified or African nations need to overcome their under-development in order to alleviate some of these problems.

Back to top Economics, Poverty and Immigrant A better understanding of the immigration problem in the us It is generally believed that those immigrants who have had the courage to leave one country and move to another are often enterprising and entrepreneurial, even if poor.

As such, in many countries, immigrants often set up small businesses. They however, become easy targets when the general economic conditions in that host country worsen. In other cases, people become immigrants because they have fleed worsening conditions or persecution. In that situation, although they may live in another country, it may initially be quite difficult to adapt and change practices and customs.

In such situations immigrants are clearly seen as different and in worsening economic times can be seen as sapping away resources that could otherwise have been used for local populations. In the s and 80s, Indian and Pakistani immigrants in the UK for example faced constant racist harassment and jokes about their small businesses. Many Indian and Pakistani communities escaping turmoil in East Africa were technically allowed to come to the UK but very quickly local populations became concerned and held numerous protests.

While these communities have managed to weather this and many are now quite successful, the new wave of immigrants, Polish in particular it seems, face a new wave of hostility. During the global financial crisis at the end of the s, East Asia was particularly affected. This resulted in a wave of anti immigrant sentiments, for example in Indonesia there was a wave of violence against Chinese immigrants.

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In MaySouth Africa saw a wave of anti immigrant violenceas extremely poor South Africans turned against thousands of immigrants from other parts of Africa, killing some 50, and forcing thousands to leave. In these and many other situations not mentioned here, anti-immigrant sentiment typically comes to the fore when economic conditions deteriorate.

They are an easy target and either lies or exaggerations can contribute to fear, anxiety and ultimately hatred. As discussed earlier mainstream media coverage in some countries, even places like Britain, makes it easy to stir up hysterical stories about immigration which helps direct the conversation and policies towards who can be toughest on immigration. When economic conditions get harder, these views are easier to digest and adopt and deeper causes, of why people immmigrate in the first place, are less discussed.

As a result, empathy and understanding for the situation and conditions immigrants face is easily lost. There are indeed cases where some immigrant groups may come to countries like Britain under the mistaken and exaggerated understanding that if you cannot find work the government will pay for you to live I remember on various vacations in developing countries being asked if this is true!

This may be tempting for some groups that face much hardship, but it will be understandable in that case that local populations will not look too kindly on this attempt to get a free ride.

Where this happens, it is unfortunately too easy for populist anti-immigrant sentiment to exaggerate that all immigrants want this. Other times, policy does indeed seem to favor struggling immigrants over struggling local populations; it could be argued that local populations have had more opportunity than immigrant populations, and so the latter may benefit from some temporary assistance, but local populations are not going to accept that easily leaving policy makers feel they have little choice but to appear tough on immigration.

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