29 March 2015
Immigration: The good, the bad and the ugly.
Immigration is very important to me because it hits so close to home. Till this day I can remember the first time I found out how my dad came into America. I was an adult when he told me his whole illegal journey. I was so surprised, actually very proud of my dad and everything he went through to get here. See, the whole concept behind immigration, they make it seem so bad but in actuality these people just want to make a better life. I’ve always understood immigration as coming into another country without valid documentation, and trying to hide from something back in their country. But it’s not, not anything close to that idea. Yes, coming into another country without valid documentation is bad but what are these people actually trying to do?
After spending some time researching immigration I came across a lot of opinions, some positive and some negative. Mostly negative comments but that’s what I already assumed before reading everyone’s point of view. When my dad told all the reasons why he came to America, it sounded so crazy to me. I remember thinking to myself, how someone could be so brave to leave everything behind because they have a simple plan. No money, no English and no actual place of destination. He told me his older brother always told him about how great it would be to live in America, the land of the free they called it. They lived in the poorest area of Ecuador and it was just a dead end city to them. Children weren’t forced to go to school, and they were often held back to stay at home with their mother to help with daily “men” tasks. My dad’s mom had eight kids by three different men. My dad was never too proud to tell anyone that but he always told me the truth about everything. This way I could learn from it. From those eight kids he only had one real brother. His name was Franklin and he escaped to Mexico when he was 14 years...
...Running head: Immigration
Which Way Home by Rebecca Cammisa, is a documentary that follows a group of children, between the ages 9 and 17. The children in the film are from Central America and are attempting to cross the Mexican border into America. The film demonstrates the struggling lives
that these children have in their native country, which is why they decided to migrate. On the
journey to America, they find out all the other dangers and different struggles they have to face,
questioning their decision of migrating. The documentary talks about the increased amounts of
children migrating alone to the United States. Under the program, Unaccompanied Child Immigrants, border patrol apprehends about 100,000 children trying to enter the US each year and
many of those children, sadly, are found dead. Children found either around or on the US-Mexican border, are either taken by American or Mexican patrol officers. Those apprehended are then
sent to either an American shelter or a Mexican shelter to await deportation.
The documentary focuses on two particular children, Kevin a 14 year old and Fito a 13
year old. Both are migrating from Honduras which is were the majority of unaccompanied children come from. These children have to travel 1, 450 miles, alone, just to get to the GuatemalanMexican border. Once in Mexico, these children have to travel for months, even a year to...
...their infancy when an assassin’s bullets struck him down November 22, 1963” (Understanding the American Promise). Kennedy died before he could fulfill the many promises he made to Americans of economic growth. The radio was the way Gloria and her family learned of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This was a major concern for her and her fellow Mexican immigrants because John F. Kennedy was an advocate to bettering the immigration systems. “While JFK’s right legacy is widely recognized, less attention has been paid to his record championing reform that ended an era of deeply discriminatory immigration laws” (Doris). President Kennedy had a power and great had a great vision for immigration that could change the face of America forever. She was in shock and in utter sadness when she learned of the news. The whole country could not believe what had happen. The Immigration Act of 1965 eliminated ancestry, race, or the national origin as a basis for immigrants. It created many fundamentals that still stand in today’s system for legal immigration into the United States.
Not speaking English and not having anyone to teach her made life harder for Gloria. The lack of understanding English kept her from having American friends. This made her feel very isolated and like she was in a “deep hole”. The feeling of being isolated was not a feeling Gloria was used to. It wasn’t until she was a little...
On the brink of another historical election in our life time Immigration and presidential politics will play a major roll in who will become the next president of the United States of America. President Obama, and several GOP candidates all agree our immigration system is broken and in need of a overhaul. However, it is there different sentiment on immigration and how to fix the open invitation for illegal immigration into this country that leave these candidates at odds. How these candidates plan to handle these issue will have a serious effect on the polls in November. These particular issues in latest news have not been favorable topics for several GOP candidates. The population of the United States in recent decades have become more divers .
In 2010 with a growing population of 308,745,538 today non-Hispanic Whites constitute three quarters (231 million) of the country's population of 308 million people. The largest minority group is composed of 50 million Hispanics composing of 16.3 percent. The remaining population of the United States are African American, comprising about 13.6 percent of the total, or 42 million people, 14 million Asians, 5 million American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts and 1 million Pacific Islanders” (Census). Most studies of the relationship between demographic context and political behavior in the United States have focused on African Americans. However, in recent years there...
...Lebanon: A Country of Emigration and Immigration
Dr Paul Tabar
Paul Tabar is the director of the Institute for Migration Studies and Associate Professor of
Sociology/Anthropology at the Lebanese American University. He is also Associate Researcher at the
Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney. He is a co-author of Being Lebanese in
Australia: Identity, Racism and the Ethnic Field (Institute for Migration Studies, LAU Press, Beirut, 2010).
E-mail address: [email protected]
Migration Patterns: Lebanon
The first section of this paper aims to give a concise account of the patterns, history, and
characteristics of Lebanese Migration from 1870 to the present day.
Before describing the patterns of migration to and from Lebanon, it is critical to lay out the
geographical boundaries of the area which constitutes this paper’s focus. Mount Lebanon
refers to a primary source of early emigration that existed between 1870 and 1920. Present
day Lebanon, which was founded in 1920 and became independent in 1943, is dealt with
later in the paper.
Lebanese emigration started in Mount Lebanon, which included the major coastal cities of
Jounieh and Byblos – but not Beirut. To the north, Mount Lebanon included neither Tripoli
nor Akkar. The Beqaa Valley and South Lebanon (including Sidon and Tyre) were also
excluded. Mount Lebanon became an autonomous administrative unit within the Ottoman
Empire in 1860, and was governed by a Christian...
The UN estimated that 89% of the population lived in urban areas in 2005, and that urban areas were growing at an annual rate of 1.25%. More than one-third of all Argentines live in or around Buenos Aires, the capital city, which had a population of 13,047,000 in 2005. Other estimated metropolitan area populations in 2000 were Córdoba, 1,592,000; Rosario, 1,312,000; Mendoza, 988,600; La Plata, 838,600; and San Miguel de Tucumán, 837,000.
The majority of the population descends from early Spanish or Italian immigrants. Approximately 10% of the people are of indigenous Indian or mestizo descent.
Migration to Argentina from Spain and Italy has been heavy in the past. Under the rule of Juan Domingo Perón (1946-1955), immigration was restricted to white persons, exceptions being made for relatives of nonwhites (Japanese and others) already resident. More recently, immigrants from across the border in Paraguay have numbered at least 600,000; Bolivia, 500,000; Chile, 400,000; Uruguay, 150,000; and Brazil, 100,000. Some 300,000 illegal aliens were granted amnesty in 1992. Foreigners, on application, may become Argentine citizens after two years' residence. A total of 16,738 were naturalized in 1991, of which 13,770 were from other American countries. In 2000, Argentina's refugee population was estimated at 2,400. Few Argentines emigrated until the 1970s, when a "brain drain" of professionals and technicians began to develop. In the mid-1980s,...
...Title: Mexican Immigration
Specific Purpose: To inform classmates on the causes and effects of Mexican immigration
Thesis Statement: The causes of Mexican immigration is a combination of "push/pull" factors, where conditions in Mexico push them out and opportunity in the U.S. pulls them in, where they actually become an asset to the U.S. economy.
Attention-getting material: Imagine waking up everyday to hunger, hopelessness, and despair, knowing that you cannot
do anything about it, knowing that next door there is opportunity, and that the grass is greener on that side, and the only option is to stay where you are and starve or find a way to make it to the other side. This scenario is one that millions of Mexicans face or have faced, and the issue of Mexican immigration has once again become a hot topic, after 9/11 and during this conservative fever that seems to be sweeping the nation.
Credibility material: For my speech I have used six credible sources three books and three Internet sources for statistics. Jorge Castaneda Mexico's former foreign minister wrote one of the books that I used, the other two books were written by Dale Maharidge and Andres Oppenheimer, Mr. Oppenhiemer is a columnist for the Miami Herald. My Internet research was gathered from PBS.org the Census Bureau, and The National Catholic Reporter respectively.
PREVIEW: Throughout my speech I will be explaining the causes of...
...world more submitted to global crisis since their economies are closely interlinked than a crisis in one country would lead to the same effect on economies of other countries that are its economic partners. In this respect, migration seems to be probably the most effective by such a striking contrast that leads to high level of emigration from developing countries and respectively high level of immigration in developed countries. This means that people from developing and poor countries prefer to move to developed and rich countries.
Moreover, this process keeps growing despite the fact that globalization produced a positive influence on international trade flows that have increased significantly since the beginning of the process of globalization. Presumably, it should really improve the situation in developing countries and decrease the level of emigration. Nonetheless, in actuality the trend, which will be discussed in details a bit later, remains practically unchangeable even though many developed countries attempt to create certain artificial barriers to both legal and illegal immigration. In such a way it is necessary to remember that globalization is a dubious process that has both positive and negative sides and migration is highly dependent on this process to the extent that the basic migration flows are defined by the current situation in the global economy and possibilities of population movement between different countries.
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Theoriesof International A Migration: Review and Appraisal
DOUGLAS S. MASSEY JOAQUIN ARANGO GRAEME HUGO ALI KOUAOUCI ADELA PELLEGRINO J. EDWARD TAYLOR
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