Links between Immigration, Citizenship and Labor In the U. S, immigrants who have stayed for more than five years are to apply for residency and later citizenship. Most of the immigrants are a result of capitalistic globalization which has led to an expansion in global labor migration. Majority of the labor force in the U. S are the immigrants and they are highly depended upon by businessmen and the government given that there protests was worked upon with urgency.
The undocumented immigrants in the U. S workforce are discouraged and upon being found, they were arrested together with their employers. Labor demands have resulted to increased rate of immigration, however most of them are undocumented (Robinson, 2006). This has led to racial attacks which are aimed at reducing the number of immigrants and through state sponsored repressive controls. The Latino immigrants offer the lower labor force though they are exploited by working under precarious conditions.
Furthermore, immigrants seeking employment were to apply for temporary visas which will later help them when applying for residency after five years and later for citizenship in order to enjoy the privileges of citizen labor. Conversely, the anti-immigrant policy reformists who depended on the immigrants’ labor called for legalization of the undocumented immigrants. Given that the immigrants’ remittances to their country increased, a move to promote citizenship has been put in place.
In addition, the cheap labor offered by immigrants has seen the downward mobility of white labor privileges. Through the immigrant’s rights movements, immigrants are to be given full residency and citizenship in order to avoid exploitation, attacks and criminalization of immigrants in the communities. This will help to deal with class relations and helps immigrants to hold any position in the job market.