Issues Facing Latino Immigrants in Today’s Political Climate
The United States is a country built on immigration, both legal and illegal. One of the most influential groups in terms of immigration in America is the Latin American demographic. Latin Americans influence everything from their local economies, politics, culture and society in general. There are a number of arguments made both for and against continued immigration by Latinos, from the fact that all Americans are descended from immigrants to the fact that they provide needed labor in areas that many American citizens are less inclined to work in. The argument against immigration is that allowing Latin Americans in steals jobs from U.S. citizens, they contribute unduly to crime statistics or that they take advantage of social services reserved for legal Americans without paying the taxes that keep these programs in service. In this paper, I will present a brief history of Latin American immigration and present arguments both for and against continued movement into the United States. The close of the paper will be reserved for my opinion on what the best course of action would be to curtail the problems facing immigration in the United States.
“The first significant wave of Mexican workers coming into the United States began in the early years of the twentieth century, following the curtailment of Japanese immigration in 1907 and the consequent drying up of cheap Asian labor. The need for Mexican labor increased sharply when the Unites States entered World War I. The Mexican government agreed to export Mexican workers as contract laborers to enable American workers to fight overseas. After the war, an intensifying nativist climate led to restrictive quotas on immigration from Europe and to the creation of the U.S. Border Patrol, aimed at cutting back the flow of Mexicans. But economic demand for unskilled migrant workers continued throughout the Roaring Twenties, encouraging Mexican immigrants to cross the border—legally or not.” This early need for labor, stemming both from a lack of available men due to the war effort and a distrust of Asian immigrants, became the catalyst for Mexican workers to begin migrating into the U.S. The ready work, better wages compared to those in their home country and promise of a better life either in the United States or back in their home countries, led many Latinos to cross the border and begin settling and working in America.
The early influx of Latino laborers helped combat the loss of American men to the war effort in Europe. World War I and World War II diverted a great many American males to Europe and the Pacific to serve in the military, which left businesses short on labor. Although women started entering the work force at this time, there still was a dearth of labor to fill all the roles that had opened up with the mass exodus of American males into the military.
Following the return of the United States military after the war effort subsided, there was less need for immigrant labor and so a great many of the Latino workers returned to their home countries. The desire for legal immigrant labor to fill necessary position started evolving into its current state, whereby businesses supplant legal workers with illegal workers, thus gaining access to the labor that their businesses require while only paying a fraction of the wages that legal citizens would demand. “One of the tools conservatives have used very successfully over the past 25 years to drive down wages, bust unions, and increase CEO salaries has been to encourage illegal immigrant labor in the US. Their technique is transparently simple. Conservatives well understand supply and demand. If there's more of something, its price goes down. If it becomes scarce, its price goes up.
They also understand that this applies just as readily to labor as it does to houses, cars, soybeans, or oil. While the history of much of the...
June 3, 2012
Organizations today face many different challenges. Some challenges are based on the nature of operations and some challenges are more common and are faced by most organizations. A couple of the more common challenges would be technological advances and societal views.
In my opinion, technological advances are the biggestissue that organizations face today. If we look back even just ten years ago we have come such a long way with technology. Now someone could just pick up an iPad and have a face to face conference with someone on the other side of the world. Most companies, 20 years ago, didn’t even have websites, nowadays that would be considered appalling. Going back twenty years companies were just developing email. Now just about everyone in an organization must have their own computer or at least have access to one. Twenty plus years ago there was no need for such a large information technology department or computer specialists; now there is a high demand. This demand has required companies to either create or hire an outside entity to provide them with “tech-support.” This requirement costs incredibly large sums of money.
Companies have to keep up with modern technology in order to offer services that are compatible with societal needs. One of the technological issues is the...
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LatinoImmigrants and the American Dream
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The quality of being an American is a right to freedom and liberty. People living in different countries do not have the privilege to experience our freedom and liberty as we do. But they certainly think highly of those privileges. Americans feel safe and comfortable in being citizens because they are entitled to their constitutional rights. But for non citizen Hispanics that live here or pending citizenship see freedom and liberty far from close. Not because there Latinos but because of the racism or prejudice that often take affect from ignorant people who do not believe in giving immigrants a chance to a better life. Few Hispanics like myself stay in school to attain a career in order to not only support themselves and their lifestyle but also to support their family. Some not given the opportunity to advance will have to depend on there minimum wages that will leave them living a...
PoliticalIssues Relating to Immigration
Sandra D. Zieger
October 20, 2014
PoliticalIssues Relating to Immigration
Reaction to the immigration problem in the United States is as diverse as the people living in the country. There are common public and political opinions on immigration; there is also factual information, which alters positions. The media plays a major role in how people react to the issue of immigration in the United States of America. There is a lot of news lately with a focus on immigration and undocumented persons in the United States. Illegal immigration has been present in the United States for a long time. The first law that the United States had against persons entering the United States was against convicts or prostitutes to enter the country. From 1892 to 1954 Ellis Island admitted over 12 million legal immigrants. Now the United States has quotas on how many can migrate to the country. Illegal immigration became more of a problem being looked at in the twentieth century. Then End Illegal Immigration group states, “Today, over one million immigrants enter our country per year, while illegal alien population rows by about five hounded thousand per year” (End Illegal Immigration, April, 2011).
In May of 2011, the latest version of the DREAM Act was introduced. The DREAM Act was first introduced in...
...location, whereas others move because they have been pulled, or attracted, to another location. “Push factors are generally negative, such as poor economic conditions, lack of opportunity, discrimination, political oppression, and war. Whereas pull factors are generally positive, such as better economic opportunity, political freedom, and favorable reception toward immigrants” (Potocky-Tripodi, 2002, p. 13).
In order to understand the resettlement and adaption of immigrants in a host country, it is critical to examine all aspects of an immigrant migration path. In light of this phenomenon is significant to understand this process through the lens of three stages of migration: premigration and departure, transit, and resettlement. Theses stages can serve as an ongoing frame of reference for evaluation and comparing their current experience in the host country. “The stage of migration framework provides a context for understating and helping immigrants families and individuals by linking the migration experiences in the original and intermediate countries with experiences in the country of destination” (Drachman, Kwon-Ahn, & Paulino, 1996, p. 627). Using this framework an interview was conduct to analyze the human experiences of migration in attempt to further gain insight on immigrant who take into account not only their economic needs but also social and cultural...
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(CNN) -- 400,000 people die prematurely every year from smoking. When we analyze the harm from drugs, there is no doubt that cigarettes are the worst.
They kill more people than cocaine, heroin, meth and all other illegal drugs combined.
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August 1, 2013:
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...The Right Kind Of Choice
South University Online
December 10, 2012
Abortion is one of the most controversial and debated topics of this day. Abortions; the practice of removing a fertilized egg from a mother has become a highly debated issue in American culture. The reason for this is whether or not the induced expulsion of the fetus is considered murder or whether or not it is up to the mother and her interests. People that are pro life suggest that all life is considered innocent and deserves a chance at life, and it is not up to the mother whether or not she wants to keep the baby. With the altering moral standards of society, abortions are becoming ever more justified. I believe abortions should be accepted because of the numerous health risks a mother endures, religion is not a foundation for law, government should not oversee medical procedures, and lastly a pregnancy can lead to poverty.
Abortion began in the late nineteenth century when Connecticut found it necessary to ban contraception for women to use. It did not ban the sale or the manufacture but it did ban the use of contraception. According to Meister, “Over the past twenty five years since the Roe decision, the Court has clearly chipped away at Justice Blackmun's open framework of the Roe case. Maher v. Roe 432 U.S. 464 (1977) was brought before the Court as a challenge to Connecticut's limitation of state Medicaid funding to...