“Immigration Analyzed Sociologically”
The article entitled “Growing Split in Arizona Over Immigration” by Randal C. Archibold was featured in the New York Times. This article focuses on the growing controversy of illegal immigrants in America and the new laws in the state of Arizona to deal with this problem. Newly passed laws in Arizona require individuals suspected of being an illegal immigrant to show proof of legal status. The author interviewed an illegal immigrant who stated that he shopped in the stores of the community and provide cheap labor to the residents and still the people want them to be arrested and deported. Others being interviewed in the article argue that illegal immigration was the cause of community crimes and the depletion of jobs in the United States. The author is informing the reader about this new law in Arizona and also to compare it to the national controversy and the political feud pertaining to illegal immigration. The author used interviews from liberal, conservative, and moderate citizens of the state of Arizona to voice their opinions and also to support the claim of the article. The author concludes that the federal government is not doing enough to address the problem of illegal immigration and implies that it is up to the state to address the issue on a state level government. Throughout the article, it seems as if the writer is purposely avoiding social analysis of the topic on immigration. The author does not address the sociological aspects of the topic. This is because the article mostly focuses on the informative aspects of illegal immigration and the perspectives of the citizens who feel that they are being directly affect by the problem. Although immigration and the affects of it are easily discussed sociologically, rarely is the topic address in the sociological perspective. Immigration issues commonly considered to be political. Sociologically, the issue many people have with immigration can be explained though economic and ethnical factors.
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The social problem that immigration has caused falls under the theoretical framework called symbolic interaction. Individuals develop conceptions of their own, both of themselves and of others. The theory focuses less on the structure of society as a whole and more on individualism. The author seems bias in writing his article by assuming that all of society looks down on immigration. This is contradicting to the article content itself because the interviews show how individuals judge immigration by relating it to crimes and problems in their local areas. Most of the interviews state that they see the need for the law but think that is it wrong to racially discriminate. Symbolic interaction also affects immigrants. They feel alienated from society because they are different.
Immigration and the widely spreading issue with illegal immigrants is more of an ethnic problem than any of the other factors. Over the course of American history, many ethnic groups have been targeted by the population or the government when a threat is presented. Race and ethnicity are both social constructions with is people are so influenced by these characteristics. In the article, when Ron White was interviewed, he stated that he would not want to show proof of citizenship but feels that it is not racial profiling. From the description of the law given in the article, it seems that only individuals who were suspects of being illegal immigrates would be required to show the proof of residence. This would mean only people who had Hispanic features or background would even be approached. This shows how a social construction such as race and ethnicity can affect those who may be from a certain region whether they are legal citizens or not. Many immigrants are forced to assimilate in America because of the social pressure from society. Although America is the land of dreams and new beginnings, many citizens feel that immigration is destroying our country. Economically, people feel threatened by increasing numbers in immigration because of the lack of jobs in America. In an interview in the article, someone stated that they didn’t mind the immigrants but they didn’t like illegal immigrants. This idea is solely based only on the fact that these laws exist in the first place. Immigration laws have been around for generations and have changed the social perspective that illegals are bad whereas when this nation was just a vacant territory owned by European countries, immigration was embraced.
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In conclusion, from a sociological perspective, the author is missing the overall sociological background and research. Although this article’s purpose is not to analyze immigration on a sociological level, it is necessary to address immigration socially because social interaction is the biggest factor that affects the minds of individuals.