Bush and the immigration issue
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It is a common belief today that the U.S. is focused exclusively on itself, and is defined as intolerant and discriminatory; George W Bush, the former president, is apparently the emblem of this state of mind. Yet, this federal country welcomes about 800,000 immigrants every year, and we understand that because of this we are dealing with a real challenge to both political and institutional identity. Here, we will study these aspects through a speech by Bush in New York a few weeks before September 11.
The text we will study is a speech by the U.S. President still in office today, George W Bush. With a length of 10 minutes, it was written by his "Speechwriting staff", particularly by Michael Gerson, who is the director. Often broadcast on television or in part taken by the media, they allow the president to reach on the one hand, public opinion, to thank most directly a part of his electorate, including lobbies, and finally issue a part of his program. He tries to convince both, and respond to the debates regarding the action of legislators, taking control of all citizens.
The speech of July 10, 2001 is a perfect example: the President comes to Ellis Island, a small island south of Manhattan, to defend his vision of immigration. It is at the beginning of his term, when opening a dialogue with Mexican President Vicente Fox and before September 11, 2001. The security aspect is not yet a priority at that time. These are mainly administrative reform services related to immigration (INS), put forward here.
Next to him is the Attorney General, John Ashcroft, who was at the time involved with the state department of immigrants, three members of his administration embodies the success of immigration to the U.S.: Mel Martinez, of Cuban origin and current Minister of Housing and Development, Elaine Chao, Asian, Minister of Labor and the AAG Dinh. Finally, elected officials (senators and congressman) of New York, and finally Democrats and Republicans; these sum up the members in the room.
In that speech, he outlined his views on immigration, and also paid tribute to those who have become citizens and those in the room about to do so. We will try here to determine if there is continuity in the management and the perception of immigration in the early twentieth century and the beginning of the 21st century.
In the first part, we discuss the institutional management of migration; in the second part, we analyze the values that surround the concept of nation of immigrants. Finally the third part will include the outline of the debate and will detail the position of George Bush on this issue. Ellis Island is one of the symbols concrete in the imagination of Americans. Many films and drama took over the arrival of these immigrants happy to arrive safely (The Godfather 2).
Today and since 1991, this small island is a museum;"100 million Americans can claim a connection with this place," according to George Bush.
Tags: management of immigration, melting pot theory, Ellis Island