Immigration Political Issue
SOC 315- Cultural Diversity
November 23, 2011
Immigration Political Issue
The United States have long battle immigration issues over the years with immigrants who take whatever measures necessary to make it to the United States. They take boats, hike across the border at night, are smuggled across the border in vehicles and are stow away on vessels and trains. This paper will present a discussion on the current law that was passed in Alabama regarding immigration policies that went into effect September 1, 2011. In addition, it will review the historical framework on this issue, the political context, the role of the media, the effect on the United States ...view middle of the document...
The government of Alabama claims the reason they wanted to reform the current law had to do with the growth of illegal immigrants in the state. In addition, Gov. Robert Bentley stated it was necessary to protect the jobs of legal residents (Caldwell, 2011). However, Isabelle Rubio, of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, stated in a recent interview that “the law is set up for racial profiling, of anyone who looks and speaks a certain way.” Rey Porito, a grocery store owner, believes that the new law would harm everyone. According to Porito, “this means higher prices for produce stands because the crops won’t be able to hit the stands in a timely manner which would cause them to rot and die in the field because of the lack of employees in the fields.” However, as good as this new law may sound to those in support, the Federal Government is not in support. On November 21, 2011, Janet Napolitano Secretary of Homeland Security stated “the Obama administration will be challenging the State of Alabama in court to overturn there ruling on the new laws against immigrants.” Thus far only a portion was blocked in court relating to the checking of the status of students in schools. The Obama administration stated that enforcing immigration law is a job for the Federal Government not the State.
During several interviews the media coverage of this topic was not biased or unbiased. Reporters covered every aspect from interviewing workers to employers. They asked both side what their opinions were regarding the new law in the state. One documented worker even stated that he was still scared of what he would have to face being of Hispanic descent. He stated, in the interview that he is afraid to give rides to friends who he is not aware is an illegal, facing possibilities of being imprisoned for his kind action.
Generally speaking the media have always made an impression on its viewers. However, in this case reviewing several videos on You Tube the influence of what is being reported would be based on the individual receiving and conveying the message. If a viewer is in support of the law and have disliked that undocumented workers are in their state the media coverage would embrace his or her beliefs. However, if the viewer is not in support of the law an entire opposite view would be formed. As many know the media plays a vital role in how stories are reported, but it is how the individual receives and interprets the message based on his or her own beliefs causes prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping. For example, there are postings on You Tube by several...