Katz believed that “immigrants and native-born African-Americans are now competing for jobs, housing and social services” (71). Under a theory that jobs are static and fixed, for every job an immigrant gets, one native is deprived thereby increasing sentiments against the immigrant population. Somehow, this finding has also allowed policy makers like Congressamn Lamar Smith to devise means bent on “easing immigrant incorporation” in their new communities. Economic downturns in the recent years have increased competition for jobs among the natives and the immigrant population.
Rising strains of conflict and strong sentiments against immigrants slowly rise within the poverty-stricken areas. The allegations and overblown judgments based on the negative economic impact of immigrants has also allowed benefited companies who are hiring immigrant workers at very low wages. The low turn-out and availability of jobs coupled with increasing competition, has also allowed lower-skilled immigrants to face the struggles of adapting to a new environment amidst increasing problems of living by their meager means. Cutting back levels of Proficiency
While societal problems greatly disenfranchised immigrant populations, the government seems to turn a blind eye to this burgeoning situation. The government has carefully identified that English language proficiency and training helps mobilized individuals to become better workers. Yet relevant skills essential to the training and learning procedures for minorities as a basic service has begun to trickle in certain communities. In a complex system of technological and financial phenomenon, skills are becoming marginally available to these minorities.
The unavailability of training and educational facilities is an accepted hindrance to reasonable development. Assuming that the “role of teachers is to educate children to accept American cultural values” and adopt the hard-working American stance, massive interference with learning in Trueba’s interpretation “is an irreversible problem of marginalization” (p. 145). In a continuing cycle, the seeming lack of training for skills necessary for social survival in a competitive society becomes minimal.
Such a reality exists among Mexican immigrants who have difficulty speaking the American language and are thereby continuously trapped in low-paying jobs. Conclusion Unenthusiastic images of immigrants are a common sentiment as continued belief on their presence in the labor market displaces native workers. Few however realized that the depressing conditions of immigrants are slowly impeding economic viability in a social structure of “hate” which usurps their survival instincts. Social judgments are overblown in order to encourage the negative impact of immigrants in the society.
Few however realized that immigrant struggles has never lessened with time since the first set of settlers set foot in US soil. Though in the past, poverty was seen as an economic struggle though a temporary phenomenon for hard-working immigrants, many are continuously besieged with increasing struggles with poverty and deprivation as the social issues annihilate them from being able to socially and economically adapt to an unwelcoming American society. Progressive sentiment against the low-income and marginalized immigrant sectors has also increased and encouraged many to experience social rejection.
Through the increasing absence of basic services particularly among immigrant circle, immigrants are continuously besieged with increasing struggles for survival.
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