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Contemporary cultural issue pertaining to criminal justice

Contemporary cultural issue pertaining to criminal justice Axia College of University of Phoenix CJA 344

According to the article onwww.publiceye.org, there is an idea that immigrants who migrate to this country are criminals. This thought process

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has developed as a common recurring theme for the anti-immigrant and has become a stereotype that has labeled many immigrants expressing a desire to move to this country. This article states that although some immigrants do come to this country, it is unfair to immediately label them as criminal. It states that we have many legal citizens in this country who have been connected with criminal activities and many legal citizens who have been questioned by having potential allegiances to foreign countries, have different values, and have alternative political beliefs. This article believes that the reputation of immigrants has been targeted and tarnished by the ‘war on drugs’ which was intended to justify the militarization of the United States-Mexico borders. Portraying immigrants and criminals and a threat to our national security resulted in two laws passing in 1996: the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA).

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