Thursday, February 2, 2012

Latino Immigration

NCLA (national council of La Raza) is the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organisation in the United States.

"The work of NCLA and its Affiliates on behalf of immigrants builds on America's identity as a nation of immigrants by promoting fairness in the law and advancing a number of ways to help immigrants fully enter the mainstream of American life"

This organisation is dominated by the fact the Latinos should have the right to education, home ownership, health and economic security as well as being able to have the American dream. It is reasons such as the fact that the American identity is ever changing and the citizens and governments only take into account the illegal immigrants and assume that the legal immigrants are helping cause the issues that can be seen at the boarders in places such as California and Texas. Furthermore, NCLA are also trying to help restore order with illegal/undocumented immigrants in America by trying to allow them to obtain legal status, by giving them the chance to learn English and by assuming "the rights and responsibilities of citizenship while creating smart enforcement policies." As well as trying to restore order this organisation is also enacting proactive measures to allow the success of new immigrants moving into communities:

"By working with grassroots organisation at the state and local levels, NCLR seeks to defeat anti-immigrant initiatives and propel policies that best integrate immigrants into U.S. society." In addition "the nations most punitive immigration law, Arizona SB 1070, was signed into law on April 23, 2010, causing a ripple effect across the nation" this act is one of the strictest anti-illegal immigration measures. The image below emphasises the effect it had on the nation:

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Whereas as expected anti Latino immigration groups and organisations were pleased with the result of the Arizona SB 1070.

This particular website discusses anti-immigration groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, two extremist groups known for there violent behaviour in order to stand up for what they believe in. Furthermore, due to anti-immigration, coalitions have been formed in order to control this problem as illegal immigrants from countries such as Mexico are causing issues such as drug trafficking and people smuggling as well as sex trafficking. In 2008 the coalitions "joined together with local citizen groups located far from the Mexican/United States border with virulently anti-Latino border vigilant groups that send armed volunteers to patrol the border." Moreover, other coalition groups have also tried to exploit immigrants for issues such as traffic congestion and damage to the public infrastructure by producing mainstream newspaper adverts.

Although these groups are unhappy with the current situation and issues immigrants bring to the United States they could end up causing more disruption than they think because as previously stated the identity of America is changing, and they need to accept this because the immigrants are just trying to obtain a better quality of life even if it means entering the country with the documents required. Furthermore, these "anti-illegal immigration advocacy groups" can say things such as they are "third world invaders" but at the end of the day they are not going to be able to completely stop immigration from Latino's because they will still prosper for a better lifestyle, which may mean going to America as it is seen as a prospers country.

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