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Paper_ETHN 118 - Woo 1 Kristie Woo Myrna Garcia ETHN 118:...

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Woo 1 Kristie Woo Myrna Garcia ETHN 118: Contemporary Immigration Issues 2 August 2010 Invisible Differences Of all the things we value the most in life, family is something most of us would say we could not live without. From our loving mothers to our carefree siblings, we are willing to make sacrifices for them, out of love. So, where is the justice when families are forced to be apart by the government? In recent years the U.S. government has done just that by separating parent from child and husband from wife by coming to focus on only one aspect of immigrants today: whether or not they have the papers to prove of “documentation” and the ability to legally reside in the United States. Yet, by assuming political labels, the U.S. fails to take into account each im/migrant’s background, history in the U.S., and life situation. Essentially, the government is choosing to block out the very piece of information they need the most by choosing not to incorporate the im/migrants story when determining their status. As the American population, if we give into this constructed ideology that assumes immigrants are undocumented bodies here to “steal our jobs” and “threaten our national security”, we like the government, fail so see that these families are being robbed of their right to life. Perhaps, change can begin when we shift the American immigration focus from mere documentation to unraveling the web of racialization that citizens and immigrants alike have become entangled in. It is only after realizing that the U.S. has “confronted each racially defined minority with a unique form of despotism and degradation”, that im/migrants can be viewed in a more just, and unassuming light (Omi and Winant, 39).
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Woo 2 As humans that inhabit a vast world, it is the color of our skin and the unique languages that we speak that create the person we are. In fact, we take pride in our cultures and ways of life, as it reflects what lies below that unique skin tone and distinct accent. Our differences, therefore, are an indirect way that we wished to be identified by. Yet, no justice is done when we are attacked and treated in a lowly fashion because of these differences that we take pride in. For years, the U.S. has instigated such dividing lines in society, and based acceptance upon a race’s physically “white” appearance (and so “how harmful could they be?”) or “beneficial” talents the race could bring to America. For example, in the 1924 Immigration Act, the U.S. purposely allowed the more “white-looking” Western Europeans to immigrate to America than the darker skin-toned Southern and Eastern Europeans. These obscurely assigned numbers had nothing to
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