Film Review: Immigrants In America

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Many complex series of institutions come together and support immigration from South America to North America. Some examples of social institutions seen in this film are family, religion, economy, law, and military. The basic needs of these families are not met and it becomes a necessity to flee to American. Families and friends shared tips and knowledge with one another to help each other take on the journey and be successful on the path to the American dream, the chance to provide their basic needs. The film highlights groups of men passing on information about checkpoints and roads to stay away from, tips on what food to carry and how to survive along the treacherous path. Crossing the river knowledge is passed on as a man explains to a …show more content…
Social Integration/ pg. 103: The degree to which members of a group or a society are united by shared values and other social bonds; also known as social cohesion. Journeying from all over South America, immigrants share the same desires of a better life, to live the American dream. Everyday 3,000 people migrate to the U.S. in search of a better life. Immigrants crossing into the U.S. come from a vas varied of lifestyles, they are united by common goals, values, and other social bonds. This group consist of poverty stricken men, women, and children all looking for a better quality of life. Not only people from Mexico, but also Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras flee from their homes in search of a better life. It is their values that drive them to take the risks of the long journey. Bonding the immigrants together are hopes of a better life, new outcomes for families, and a strong belief in sacrifice. Strong work ethic, the worth of education, and a chance for change unite immigrants and provide motivation that overcomes the risks associated with leaving their homes, families, jobs, and everything they know to begin an uncertain journey to pursue to the American dream. Jobs are scarce in their home countries and becoming even more so as time goes on. Even those who do possess a job can not afford to provide for their families. Nayo, a mill worker from Nicaragua, was followed throughout the film. He wanted to leave to provide more money for his family. Seventy dollars …show more content…
Undocumented immigrants may actually be good for capitalism. It was interesting to hear the benefits immigrants many pose to capitalists instead of hearing all of the negative connotations that usually are carried with undocumented immigrants. Some strong points were made about the benefits of having immigrants without documentation in the U.S., cheap work was one of the more obvious benefits. Capitalists will get even richer when they use undocumented immigrants because they work for cheaper pay than those who are citizens. They are reliable workers, thankful for a job, and well behaved due to fear of deportation. Immigrants pay many taxes including, real-estate taxes, taxes on goods they purchase, and taxes on gas. Welfare, healthcare and government assistance is not available to them so they are not using tax payers money for help. They also contributed some 15 billion dollars to social security. Bourgeoise, those that own the means of productions, are benefiting tremendously by using undocumented immigrants to do work that many americans would not want to do. They allow capitalists to get even richer because they are working harder and for far less money than what most citizens would. Although it is exploiting the immigrants, the capitalists are benefiting and making more money by employing them. Cheap labor

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