September 11, 2001 was a turning point in United States History. Immigration once again became a national security issue, rather than an issue of foreign development. The United States government began to to implement new immigration policies in order to protect the country against any future threats. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its subsidiaries were created in order to enforce immigration policies in the name of national security. 9/11 and these policies have brought an increase in anti-immigrant sentiment and the intense vetting process of refugees and immigrants. Immigrants also face a number of economic, social, and cultural challenges which makes it difficult for immigrants to adjust to life in the United States. With these policies, especially recently after President Trump took office, fear has permeated the immigrant community. By working with immigrants and conducting research, I will understand how immigrants have been personally affected by these policies. Understanding the immigrant experience can help us reform the immigration system and bring awareness to people who do not know the personal implications of post-9/11 immigration policy.
I will be working with immigrants who are looking to Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) for assistance as well as conducting my own independent research.
I will be updating my blog weekly about my progress. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to hear more about my project or if you have any questions!
Thank you for joining me on this journey!