The Immigration Laws Of The United States Essay

1653 Words Dec 14th, 2016 7 Pages
The immigration laws that have been enacted in the United States reflect the politics and migrant flows of the times, with early immigration laws focusing on the migration of people from Europe and Asia, and more recent regulations targeting Mexican immigrants. The gradual shift in focus towards Latin American immigration in the U.S. is most closely attributed to growing concerns of national security, because most Americans view migrants crossing the border as violent drug smugglers. Steven Soderbergh’s 2001 film, Traffic, contributes to the notion that the border is extremely dangerous, however, almost all of the violence that takes place in the film happens on American soil. Due to the numerous immigration policies and regulations that have been executed in the U.S., the amount of violence near the borderlands has decreased, creating the possibility that Hollywood’s violent, war-torn representation of the American borderlands is an exaggeration fabricated in order to generate revenue. Over time, “the continuing media presence of drug issues [has been] a sign of a wide cultural permutation with endless power to shape public perception” (Fojas 111). The Hollywood film industry, arguably one of the largest modern media platforms, is guilty of exploiting their extensive reach on society in order to sway public opinion. In order for a film to be effective, it must contain some sort of conflict. For decades, directors have been capitalizing on war, hardships, and political…

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