Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-14-2015

Faculty Advisor(s)

Ann Gordon


Throughout history the United States as a nation saw many waves of immigrants who collectively shaped and helped build the America we see today. Today immigration has become a prevalent issue that is impeding progress and potentially facilitating the rise of new conflicts in a country plagued by civil injustices toward minority groups who are feeling marginalized and discriminated. Immigration desperately needs the attention of the U.S government in order to reach a solution and stop a community from being ostracized. Much of this great nation has been formed and built on the fundamental idea of immigrant forces coming together to form a melting pot, ultimately helping to create a more perfect nation filled with opportunities. Post September 11, both public and political opinions have changed and focus has been placed on protecting this nation from both foreign and domestic enemies. Today the immigrant community is seen as a threat to the well being of the nation, therefore affecting the opportunities they may have. This analysis will investigate the effects of immigration in the social and economic aspects of American life. It will address the question and belief of whether political attitudes and racial views are affecting how people view the effects of immigration in the country and if this ultimately leads to the lack of opportunities and policy changes for the immigrant community. This analysis will contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the true impact of attitudes on immigration and how they have a bearing on immigration policy.


Presented at the Spring 2015 Student Research Day at Chapman University.