Essay about Anti Immigration Policies Of The United States

1875 Words Nov 24th, 2016 8 Pages
There is a deep history of exclusionary state policies and laws in regards to immigrants in general, which profoundly inform the sentiment towards asylum seekers today. The United States for example had the Chinese Exclusion Act from 1875 to 1882, and the 1924 Johnson-Reed Act which limited the total number of immigrants per year (Rose-Redwood, The United States: Historical and Contemporary Migration, 2016). These two examples show the racialized and restrictive immigration policies of the United States, which no longer exist but the ideology behind them still does.
Framing the asylum seeker Recently, anti-immigration sentiment has re-emerged as a salient discourse in Western politics. The language and vocabulary of this discourse acts as a frame through which we understand immigrants, and more specifically asylum seekers (Haglund, 2012). The significant distinction between an asylum seeker and any other migrant is often disregarded, and migrants who immigrate for either economic or educational reasons are grouped in the same category as asylum seekers. This is exemplified by a survey conducted in the UK in which 62% said that they specifically think of asylum seekers when referring to immigrants in general, which is clearly uninformed since asylum seekers only make up 4% of immigrants to the UK (Haglund, 2012). Another telling example is a disclaimer at the end of a BBC news article that read;
A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people…

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