In the article, “The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States” by
Daniel E. Martínez, Ph.D. and Rubén G. Rumbaut, Ph.D (July 13, 2015) I learned that the population was increasing due to immigrants crossing. Especially in the 1990 and 2013 it grew from 7.9 percent to 13.1 percent and the number of immigrants tripled from 3.5 million to 11.2 million. I also learned that immigrants were seen as more likely to engage in criminal behavior than native-born. They believed this due to their lack of education. It was also stated that because of fear people have towards immigrants is the reason why the policy of immigrants is in the making. However, the wave of deportations we are currently witnessing is often portrayed as a crime-fighting tool.
I think immigrants shouldn’t be discriminated against just because others see them as threats or criminals due to their background. Immigrants are the same as privileged people, humans who just want to do better in life for themselves and for others.
As I continue researching on immigrants I want to know more as to why they are seen as less and get less privileges.