Immigration within the United States has been acontroversial topic for decades. Most define the United States as one made upof immigrants, with some supporting these people and others viewing them as athreat. As of 2017, there are 11 million illegal immigrants in the UnitedStates and over two million undocumented immigrants in the state of Californiaalone.
In the eyes of the American government,these immigrants take the nations jobs, leach off its resources, and terrorize itsneighborhoods. However, in the eyes of their advocates, they occupy jobs thatno one else will do, are here to increase their families value of living, and stayout of trouble while doing so. As a nation, we aredivided as to what we want when it comes to immigration.
Nonetheless, immigration has transformed America’s labor force,economy, politics, culture, and demographics whether some choose to acknowledgeit or not. Asa nation, America opens its doors to outsource jobs to immigrants, which inreturn, impacts the nation’s society. The Obama administration introducedan immigration policy identified as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA),in 2012.
If the requirements are met, this policy provides undocumented peoplewith a 2-year deferment period in which protects them from deportation andoffers eligibility for a work permit. A few of these requirements includeentering the United States by the 16th birthday, having no lawfulstatus as of 2012, and having not been convicted of a felony. Because of DACA, theseundocumented recipients, also known as DREAMers, have been able to live outtheir lives like any American citizen would. In fact, these recipients occupyjobs such as doctors and educators, as well as construction workers and even businessowners.
While announcing the new policy, President Obama said, “They areAmericans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper”,according to a New York Times article from 2012. Since then, the TrumpAdministration announced the ending of the DACA program in 2017, sparking manyprotests in defense of the policy. The Trump Administrations view DACA as an “unconstitutionalamnesty” and has promised to bring it to an end. Ending DACA would devastate morethan 800,000 individuals and families and would impact the United Stateseconomy enormously. When considering the issues of Immigrationwithin the United States, and more specifically California, there are threetheories explained in Alan Jay Zaremba’s book Organization Communication that apply.