Cultural and racial diversity has always been the issue of public and government deliberations. In 2002, Latino Americans outstripped the population of African Americans taking the leading number of the second-biggest population of the US. The overflowing immigration of the Hispanics was greatly attributed to the level of crimes. In order to control the population, migration, and criminogenic situation, the Governor of Arizona signed into the immigration law known as S.B. 1070. However, the perspectives on the effectiveness of this legislation vary.
Arizona Department of Public Safety presents the statistical data that those who defies the law may use as a supportive point. According to the chart that shows the dynamics between 2002-2014, the descending line progressed downwards in the same matter from 2006 till 2011. The law signed in 2010 made no significant impact either on border apprehensions or crime index. Moreover, designed to fight illegal migration, 2011 was marked as the beginning of rising tendency of passing the border without permission (Grega, 2016).
National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy issued the report named �Economic, Social, and Health Effects of Discrimination on Latino Immigrant Families� (Ay?n, 2015). The report states that �Latino immigrants experience discrimination across the United States�in both traditional receiving states and new destinations alike� (Ay?n, 2015, p. 3). Latino representatives are paid less or have work more for less money. Unauthorized immigrants share limited job opportunities. Worksite and community raids haunt Latino population and interfere with a right. Those who were arrested often had children with American citizenship. Also housing discrimination is commonplace and Latino population is not an exception. Hispanic representatives cannot afford good schools for children and a variety of amenities other populations enjoy due to better job opportunities and no racial prejudice. Being segregated from the rest of society, Latinos gather in communities that can offer help and support that they cannot have from outside their group. Unluckily, such gathering in a strong community spread fears over the population that represents the majority.
The vicious circle that outlines the intercultural relationships aggravates the situation. The Latino group is unable to assimilate in the society with no equal career opportunities and equality of races. The Hispanic population faces discrimination on different social, economic, and other levels of co-existence in multinational society. Therefore, they gather in communities viewed as potential threat escalating the extent of the ethnic racism.
- Arizona Immigration Law (S.B. 1070) [PDF]. (n.d.). FindLaw.
- Ay?n, C. (2015). Economic, Social, and Health Effects of Discrimination on Latino Immigrant Families [PDF]. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.
- Grega, K. T. (2016, April 21). Fact Check: Did SB 1070 reduce crime in Arizona? Retrieved September 08, 2016, from http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/fact-check/2016/04/20/fact-check-did-sb-1070-reduce-crime-arizona/82826066/