E Pluribus Unum

Editorial Cartoons are in the opinion section and constitute just that, an opinion. Our team has researched various editorial cartoons on undocumented workers. The resounding theme throughout the cartoons is that they are opinion, they are drawn to represent a much larger issue but in simpler terms, and they are framed according to the viewpoint of the cartoonist; in this case, pro or anti immigration. We would like to pay special attention to the analysis of the laws regarding undocumented workers. We will be looking at laws, facts and myths, and the current situation in the United States as it relates to undocumented workers.

Fact Vs. Myth

Throughout our research we have come upon many factual statements and many that are myths. Although our research is narrowly tailored to the Arizona and Alabama law and how it affects undocumented workers, we wanted to include a handful of myths and facts that came across.

Anchor babies: Myth

“Those children cannot sponsor their parents until they turn 21. Even then, sponsorship is hindered by other laws that ban immigrants who have been here illegally for a year or more from legally entering America for 10 years.” Click Here Many believe that women citizens of Mexico, or any other country, will come to the United States pregnant. They will have their babies on U.S. soil, and it is a common belief that those “anchor babies” will obtain automatic  U.S. citizenship for both the mother and the baby. However, this is a myth.

Myth: Immigration is currently on the rise

Many believe that immigration has had a steady rise and continues to rise in all the states. Some also believe that the only way to control immigration is to have strict laws and enforce them. The article below shows how not only is immigration at a low, it also has no correlation between low immigration numbers and strict law.

“Utah was one of a handful of states that showed a dip, both individually as well as when its sample size was lumped in with Nevada and Arizona. Both of those states also reflected declines in their illegal immigration numbers. The other states that showed steep drops were Colorado, Virginia, Florida and New York. But he hesitated to say there was an impact based on the passage of enforcement-heavy laws or bills that target undocumented immigrants by allowing local police to act as federal immigration officers  in using “reasonable suspicion” standards.”

Myth: If you do it the “right” way it is easier.

The question is often asked to undocumented workers, “Why don’t you immigrate the easy way, the legal way?”. It is a common misconception that applying for citizenship is as easy as apply, wait a short time, then be accepted. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. It actually  is much harder to apply for citizenship in the U.S. things like education, wealth and family ties play a big part in being accepted.

“A lot of people ask about illegal immigrants, ‘Why don’t you just go back to your country? Why don’t you do this the right way?’ ” Tsai said.”Well, these wait times we’re talking about are long, obviously.”

In addition to giving some advantage to family ties, immigration laws also favor people with advanced education, wealth or job skills that are in high demand.” Click Here

So why are these myths everywhere and so commonly known? How come it is “common knowledge” to think these myths as truth?

“An examination of the rhetoric on immigration on these programs reveals the subtle and not-so-subtle ways these myths find their way into mainstream discourse and are validated by figures like Dobbs, O’Reilly, and Beck. On some occasions, the hosts repeat a myth’s key elements in explicit terms; at other times, they mention some of those elements but not others; and sometimes they bring up the catchphrases associated with those myths without elaborating. Through sheer repetition, they help propagate the myths.” Click Here