Looking back at our American values after watching the movie, “The Visitor” and reading a couple articles, it has come across that some of these values can be hypocritical. We say something but, we don’t show it. To the other countries we are portraying that all immigrants are welcome and that they can get a better living down here in America. The poster in the detention center where Tarek was put in into you’ll see it said, “The strength of America is our immigrants.” First of all it’s very ironic that the poster would be in a detention center also, if immigrants are our strength then why we deport them so much. They are hardworking people who come here just to get a living or situations are bad and they need to get out. Tarek was one of those people who needed to get out because situations were bad in his country.
Another example showing how we can be hypocrites in our values is this poem called “Give Us Your Tired and Your Poor”. The poem talks about giving us the people who are the outcast and poor so we can give them a better living. It’s funny because we say we want immigrants but what we do is send them back again because we can’t immigrants even though we were founded on immigrants. One of my parents friends were sent back after 10 years here in America. Their kids were put in a foster home and they were sent back. What, Is that even fair? They’ve been working here so they can make a living for their kids. But, that doesn’t matter to us. We just want to appear “accepting” to other countries. These situation prove to us how hypocritical our values are. Also how the complex immigration really is.
Imagine yourself as an immigrant in America. You’ve been here for about 20 years; you have kids that were born here. Your almost finish completing the process of getting a green card. Until one day you get arrested for no reason and get deported back to your country. Everything is lost can’t come back in unless they allowed you to which I doubt that would happen. So, all that hard work would go to waste. The same thing happened to the lawyer’s uncle in the movie The Visitor. He was here for 23 years working hard until sent him back. Our immigrant system is really unfair to immigrants here in America.
I read in an article that for immigrant students who live here it is hard to continue their studies beyond high school. Immigrants who live in the same state that the college is at have to pay the same amount of money for tuition as a foreigner from a different state. I find it unfair because most of the time immigrants come here is for a better education for their kids. What also is unfair is how you get sent back with being given a chance to get your papers to legalize yourself you are sent back and can’t come back in. that is what had happen to Tarek he was not given a chance to come back. So we say we are fair but, we are really unfair, which is one of the complexities immigrants have here in America that the movie the Visitor shows us.
Have you ever been treated differently because of a generalization about your ethnicity, religion, or group? Those generalization are called stereotypes. Many people stereotype immigrants because of things that happen in the pass. For example in the “The Visitor”, Tarek was stopped at the train station for apparently “not paying” for his train ticket. He was pulled aside and was asked question like; his id and where he was from. Once he said where he was from Syria they took him in and eventually deported him. This movie takes place in New York so, after 9/11 middle eastern people were considered terrorist which would give them reason to send them back. To prove my point I read a article about immigrant called Immigrants Keeps The American Dream Alive.
What captured my attention was a section in the first paragraph, Rupert Murdoch chairman and chief executive of News Corporation said in his acceptance speech, “ in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it is easy to fear and disparage immigrants coming to American shores. Immigrants are blamed for threatening security and burdening the economy.” However, some stereotypes are not bad because in the movie “The Visitor”, immigrants are portrayed as hard worker. For example, Zainab, Tarek’s wife worked on the street in the movie she was always on time and never missed a day of sale. So, the visitor showed us how stereo types can be good and can be bad but, we have to stop using them.
The visitor reveals to us in many ways the complexities of an immigrant in America.
Courtney from Study Moose
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