Joshua Fohner

Date of Award

Spring 2022




Jan Kregel, PhD.


Recently there has been a sharp increase in the promotion of anti-immigration rhetoric and sentiments driven by former President Trump and conservative lawmakers in Washington. These attitudes have led some members of the public to adopt various beliefs of immigrants that are negative or poorly understood. The focus of this paper will be primarily on people from Mexico and other Latin American nations, as people from this part of the world have been

primarily the target of these beliefs. This paper will first analyze some of the social and political reasons why people choose to emigrate from their home countries. Second, it will address these negative or poorly grounded beliefs about immigrants. And lastly, it will give suggestions on what possible policies that US lawmakers can adopt to make the situation beneficial for all parties involved.

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