Event Title

Ongoing Debate: Immigrant Policy, DREAM Act, and Border Costs

Location

CSU 201

Start Date

9-4-2012 2:00 PM

End Date

9-4-2012 3:00 PM

Student's Major

Sociology and Corrections

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

William Wagner

Mentor's Department

Sociology and Corrections

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

Since the 2001 legislative proposal of the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), public and political discourse on the issues has not been short of shortcoming. Public discourse has since increase to favor increase border patrol preventing illegal aliens coming into the country. Sentimental citizens’ appraisal has provoked both domestic and foreign policy.

Analysis of National database and periodicals published between 2001 and to date is carried out, articulating that pessimistic discourse among politicians and the media outlet concerning the absorbency of the US-Mexico border increased overtime. Multiple samples of such pessimistic discourse are examined in depth, signifying that undocumented immigrants were perceived as trespassers and threat to the American culture, as America was losing control over its cultural and political scheme, and control over the border regions, as illegal aliens were viewed an epidemic. Strategic measures called for addressing problems proposed by undocumented immigrants deployed the use of military force was seen necessary to deviate strains of undocumented immigrants entering the country. In contrast, to the number of increase funding to support border patrol, after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it shown that the number of arrest made for undocumented immigrants has risen inconsistently, thus proposing that budget increase was unnecessary and futile.

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Ongoing Debate: Immigrant Policy, DREAM Act, and Border Costs

CSU 201

Since the 2001 legislative proposal of the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), public and political discourse on the issues has not been short of shortcoming. Public discourse has since increase to favor increase border patrol preventing illegal aliens coming into the country. Sentimental citizens’ appraisal has provoked both domestic and foreign policy.

Analysis of National database and periodicals published between 2001 and to date is carried out, articulating that pessimistic discourse among politicians and the media outlet concerning the absorbency of the US-Mexico border increased overtime. Multiple samples of such pessimistic discourse are examined in depth, signifying that undocumented immigrants were perceived as trespassers and threat to the American culture, as America was losing control over its cultural and political scheme, and control over the border regions, as illegal aliens were viewed an epidemic. Strategic measures called for addressing problems proposed by undocumented immigrants deployed the use of military force was seen necessary to deviate strains of undocumented immigrants entering the country. In contrast, to the number of increase funding to support border patrol, after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it shown that the number of arrest made for undocumented immigrants has risen inconsistently, thus proposing that budget increase was unnecessary and futile.

Recommended Citation

Quaye, Serena. "Ongoing Debate: Immigrant Policy, DREAM Act, and Border Costs." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 9, 2012.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2012/oral-session-10/2