Stop, Look, Listen, and Reconsider Immigration Reform Research Paper by Madame Mimi

An examination of the use of storytelling as an effective way to promote legalization of undocumented immigrants, including a discussion of the history of immigration policy.
# 145764 | 7,426 words | 15 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper examines the value of sharing the stories of immigrants, providing interviews with undocumented immigrants and Julie Gonzalez, RIFA head, on the usefulness of storytelling in convincing Americans to support comprehensive immigration reform. Immigration history and strategies for changing policy are also discussed, including the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM), which is bipartisan legislation addressing the dilemma faced by undocumented students. Through a complex history, the paper asserts that American immigration policy has evolved into a chaotic dysfunctional system that causes unfair hardship for multitudes. The paper notes that today America continues to experience the complexities of immigrant influxes and despite recent efforts, immigration reform has not progressed. The paper concludes that these personal narratives that speak to idealists and humanitarians who believe in brotherhood, liberty, and justice for all, are the stories that will open the hearts of many and make room for compassion and sympathy.

From the Paper:

"The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act was the first attempt made by the federal government to address the issue of illegal immigration in a more humanistic way. It was a turning point, and a much needed change in the lives of millions of immigrants, as well as in our government. The act granted amnesty to undocumented immigrants who came to this country before January 1, 1982, and it consisted of several preventions and prohibitions. Qualifying immigrants had to prove through paperwork, and the submission of an application, that they had been residing in the United States before January 1, 1982. This act made it illegal for employers to knowingly hire undocumented immigrants, and doing so would result in fines as well as other governmental consequences. It forced employers to verify the immigration status of all their employees to serve as proof of their legal status in the country. These sanctions imposed by the passage of IRCA were to be monitored for discrimination by the General Accounting Office, which is now known as the Government Accountability Office (http://www.usimmigration"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cooper , Betsy and Kevin O'Neil "Lessons From The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986." Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  • Hanson, Gordon H. "The Economic Logic of Illegal Immigration." /publications/attachments/ImmigrationCSR26.pdf. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
  • Johnson, Kevin R. Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink Its Border and Immigration Laws. . New York: New York University Paperbacks, 2009.
  • Johnson, Laham, Nicholas. Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Immigration Reform. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2000/lpt/articles/mkt04081.shtml . Retrieved November 26, 2010.
  • Mahil, Paramjit L. The Power of Storytelling in Your Legal Practice. April, 2008.,0718-mahli.shtm. Retrieved November 24, 2010.

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Stop, Look, Listen, and Reconsider Immigration Reform (2010, November 28) Retrieved July 29, 2021, from

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"Stop, Look, Listen, and Reconsider Immigration Reform" 28 November 2010. Web. 29 July. 2021. <>