SOC/315: Immigration And Social Issues

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Media Reaction Paper SOC/315 Media Reaction Paper The media has the ability to shape our view of the world and social issues in a unique way. Our opinions and beliefs can be manipulated by censorship and misrepresentation of facts by the media outlet we trust for information depending on the views held by those who own the programming. Television news programs and the Internet are the most used outlets for information about world and political events today, particularly immigration and the impact it has on social issues. This paper will discuss the children of illegal immigrants who are deported, how the media portrays the parents, economic effects on the US economy, and possible strategies for inclusion. Discussing the Issue…show more content…
One of the many myths surrounding illegal immigrants and their U.S. born children is that once the child is born the parents are protected from being deported. The immigration law does allow children to sponsor their parents, but only after they turn 21 years of age. The parents must have come to the U.S. legally or qualify under Section 245(i) of the immigration law. To qualify under Section 245(i) a person has to have had a labor certification or visa petition filed on or before April 30, 2001 and were physically present in the United States on December 21, 2000. Under this section, the person would not have to leave the country in order to apply for a green card to come back. The law says that if you are in the U.S. more than 180 days illegally, then you are barred from coming back for 3 years; longer than one year and you are barred for 10 years. (Blanchard, 2011). Immigration policy continues to be an issue with no real solution in the political…show more content…
Employers knowingly employ hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants each year on farms, in restaurants, as domestic help, and in labor-intensive jobs. Without these workers some industries could not survive. Undocumented workers fill a need in this country and will work for wages that most Americans will not (“Employment protection policies and the undocumented worker: a balancing of competing interests,” 2005). Conclusion In conclusion, our current immigration laws are tearing families apart. Immigration reform is needed, but there is not a one size fits all solution. It is expensive to go through the process of obtaining the necessary documents to legally work in the United States. The application fee for employment authorization is $380 ("U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services", 2011); a price many coming to the U.S. for a better life are not able to afford. Policy needs to address the need the economy has for the undocumented workers in the U.S. and find a way to authorize their presence. Deporting all of them is not a realistic solution, as it would cost too much. As long as they are contributing to the economy and not involved in criminal enterprises, there should be a more realistic approach to obtaining legal
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