Miscellaneous: PBS News Hour Discusses Trump’s Policy

Trumps new Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussed his intensive and aggressive take on immigration.  He has made it clear that the Trump administration’s immigration policy will be strict and aim to deport undocumented immigrants.   This has already begun. In this video, Judy Woodruff speaks with Nancy Montoya, who works for Arizona Public Media.  Woodruff and Montoya discuss Sessions’ comments and Trump’s new immigration policy.

“There is no safety net anymore.  If you are here and you cross the border illegally, the Trump administration is putting you on warning that you could be next,” said Mantoya.

 

Miscellaneous: Fact Check Trump’s Statements About Immigration

This video was posted by the NYTimes and goes over checking and comparing the different statements that Trump has said about immigration. Often times his staff supports him and his statements, and instead of them apologizing for them, they call them “alternative facts”. They are not “alternative facts” though they are actually falsities which are statements that are untrue, incorrect, and insincere.

“Alternative facts” is originally a law term which describes the inconsistencies of facts put forth in a court, when there is plausible evidence to support both sides of the fact. In this video below you can see the different sides of “facts” that Mr. Trump speaks about. 

Affirmative: Trump’s Immigration Plans Go Against America Being a “Melting Pot”

Immigration is the process by which people come to live permanently in a foreign country. America is a place where people see lots of opportunities and tend to be drawn to immigrate to, which is why it has been coined as the “melting pot”. The topic of immigration has been recently talked about in the news and media a lot within the past year or so. Ever since the presidential election campaign began and the candidates were announced, immigration has been a major concern and platform for both parties regardless of their political affiliation. During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump advertised the fact that he wanted to build a wall to keep the influx in immigrants down. He also planned to tighten the laws already existing on immigrants within the country, and more specifically immigrants that are here illegally.

The president has planted a sense of fear within those who are immigrants on American soil. This is not good because not only does he blame the influx on the previous presidents, but he is making people feel as though they are unwelcome and do not belong. Since taking office, he has already attempted to put laws in place to build the wall between the Southern border of North America and Mexico, but his plans have not flowed very smoothly at all. He wanted to have Mexico pay for the wall, but of course they declined this action, so the president has been scrambling trying to find funds and people willing to pay for the wall. It has been a hard task for him to accomplish, because many Americans do not agree with these means of controlling immigration either.

According to the Pew Research Center, rules about immigration have changed a lot over the years, but America is and has been known as a melting pot for many years now. Immigration laws began once the United States won independence from Great Britain. Originally, the immigration legislation laws imposed limits that favored Europeans, but in 1965 the law changed for the better for immigrants from other parts of the world.

This law from 1965 was known as the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, or Hart-Celler Act. It replaced the national origins quota system with a seven-category preference system to emphasize the reunification of families and skilled immigrants. The visa cap was also eliminated from immediate family members of U.S. citizens admitted each year. In 1976, there were also amendments put into place which established a worldwide limit of 290,000 visas. This was put into place specifically in Mexico because the country often time exceed the 20,000-visa limit. These rules were put into place at a time where many other laws of freedom regarding civil rights and people of other heritages were being put into place as well, so it truly helped present America as the melting pot it is.

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Miscellaneous: A Nation of Hypocrites

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As with many issues, our country seems to be divided. Everyone tends to see things in a perspective of either being ‘good’ or ‘bad’, strictly in a binary sense. Through this political cartoon, there is a discussion of two “hot topics” in current news. The topic of gun control and the immigration ban.

The United States of America reveals itself to be a nation of hypocrites once again through this depiction shown above. Since the attack that occurred on September 11, 2001, our nation has felt a lot of unease. A misconception that many people had pre-9/11 was that “it could never happen to us.” But attitudes have changed since then, in the post-9/11 world all Muslim people have been stereotyped to be extremists. Anti-Muslim rhetoric continues to flood the media. And, more recent attacks have also incited a great amount of fear and Islamophobia, which has led to a push for a “Muslim ban”. However, one aspect of the issue that this political cartoon highlights is the fact that there have been numerous of shotings at the hands of white citizens, such as the Aurora shooting at the movie theater or the Charleston church shooting, but rarely does anyone use that to push an agenda that classifies all white people as terrorists. In the media, these shooters are seen to be individuals whose actions should not represent an entire group. But, unfortunately, Muslim people do not receive the same benefit of the doubt.

In order to grow as a nation, the country needs to stop picking and choosing when they want to be an advocate for certain issues. This is political cartoon shows another instance of how the media plays a role in shaping public opinion, but also how public opinion shapes the media.

About Me: Kiana Jones

Hi! My name is Kiana, and I am a sophomore Marketing and Communication Studies dual major. I specifically have an interest in how the media affects society and influences the political agenda. I am fascinated with visual rhetoric, and how often pop culture finds its way into our daily interactions. The sign above is an example of referring to a piece of pop culture, while also presenting a powerful message.

The discussion surrounding the recent proposal of an immigration ban from Donald Trump is troubling for various reasons. I believe that for the most part those in support of the immigration ban are hypocritical and also fueled by racial stereotypes. Everyone who currently lives in the United States, excluding Native Americans, is an immigrant or a descendent of immigrants.This is what makes the immigration ban so infuriating, because people seem to be picking and choosing when immigration is acceptable. The racial stereotypes that motivate these irrational proposals also showcase how our society may not be in a “post-racial” era like people attempt to claim. This is an interesting concept to analyze in relation to the recent events surrounding Trump’s administration. During the protests and rallys that have emerged as a result of Donald Trump’s proposals, I have been able to analyze the political rhetoric surrounding people’s signs and posters, which also connects with my field of interest.

Through this blog, I hope you are able to understand why this ban is problematic and the importance of social activism and not just clicktivism.