“Over the past 14 years, I’ve graduated from high school and college and built a career as a journalist, interviewing some of the most famous people in the country. On the surface, I’ve created a good life. I’ve lived the American dream. But I am still an undocumented immigrant. And that means living a different kind of reality. It means going about my day in fear of being found out. It means rarely trusting people, even those closest to me, with who I really am. It means keeping my family photos in a shoebox rather than displaying them on shelves in my home, so friends don’t ask about them. It means reluctantly, even painfully, doing things I know are wrong and unlawful. And it has meant relying on a sort of 21st-century underground railroad of supporters, people who took an interest in my future and took risks for me.”-Jose Antonio Vargas
For my White Paper proposal this week, I decided to narrow my focus on economic impacts of illegal immigration to just the DREAM (Diplomatic, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act.
We are constantly connected to technology at all points during the day, especially the younger generation. Of course there are many benefits and drawbacks to this new dependency on technology. I am admittedly a very devoted technology lover and use it in all aspects of my life, from school work to social life. In this age of information overload, we must accept that there is no turning back from technology and we are more than excited to embrace cool new ideas, apps, websites, and other innovations. However, this age of excessive information can also be overwhelming. Technology has helped people communicate more easily and served as many different types of entertainment, from social media sites to reality tv series. We have all heard the now somewhat dated term “crack-berry” for people attached to their blackberries (is there a new one for iPhones?). There is even a diagnosed phobia of being without your cellphone, called nomophobia.
Intro: A state of the art gym, masseuse, car detailer, pool tables, golf course, tennis courts, and day-care all at work…I wouldn’t complain. The software company SAS knows how to treat its employees. Rated #1 best company to work for in 2010 and 2011 by Forbes, SAS wants its employees to be happy, healthy, and the most productive that they can be (Kaplan). To achieve this, the SAS campus in Cary, North Carolina, offers a vast array of amenities to its employees, from an on-site doctors office to a work-life center that helps employees manage financial debt and home life. The company emphasizes an environment that fosters creativity. To aid this, SAS implements many tactics, including a no dress code policy and encouragement to use the many facilities at any time during the day. CEO Jim Goodnight has the right idea when taking into account his employees and SAS boasts the fact that it has never laid off an employee. One employee even remarks that he would not leave SAS even if someone offered him double his salary (World’s Best Employer). In addition to treating its employees right, SAS is also committed to making the world a greener, more sustainable place to live in. Overall, SAS spends millions each year to keep its employees happy and productive.
American society holds countless different views about illegal immigration and the effects on the economy. However, many people do agree on one thing—that the American immigration system needs to be fixed and that illegal immigration needs to be reduced. There is are widespread interpretations and ideas of what to do to fix or reform the system, and most begin with the fact that to fix the illegal immigration problem in America, we should first address the problems with the overall immigration system.
This photo shows an American man promoting immigration reduction in Minnesota. He is a member of the tea party and feels strongly enough about this cause to stand outside on a cold looking day to support what he believes in. He is a member of the Tea Party according to the picture caption. I chose this photo because it shows how strongly some people feel about immigration reform all over the country, not just in highly concentrated illegal immigrated to states. I liked that this photo shows the man’s support and love for his country, shown in the American flag next to his sign and his USA hat. I found this image by using the flickr website.
For my white paper I want to explore the topic of illegal immigration in relation to jobs and the economy in America. Many Americans have complained that illegal immigrants are taking many jobs in America while other native citizens are left without jobs. Especially following the Great Recession, many Americans are without jobs, as current unemployment rate is at 7.8%, meaning 2.1 million Americans who are eligible to work do not have jobs. Meanwhile, there has been a constant flow of illegal immigration into America from all over the world, but the majority is from Central America. These people have found jobs in America while American citizens remain jobless. Is this fair?
Below is a Twitter interaction between the CEO of Walmart, Tom Coughlin, and the city council of Inglewood in 2004. Coughlin (Walmart_King) tries to convince the Inglewood council (Inglewood_Council) to let Walmart build a superstore in the city.
Walmart_King: Save money, live better with Walmart in Inglewood #inglewoodinitiative @Inglewood_Council Continue reading
A state of the art gym, masseuse, car detailer, pool tables, gold court, and day-care all at work…I wouldn’t complain. The software company SAS knows how to treat their employees. Watch this 60 Minutes video with my favorite interviewer, Morley Safer, on SAS:
Supreme Court Justice– Joe
Border Control– Alyssa
Homeland Security– Rachel
Minister of Funny Laws– Ronjohn
(Blog Council: Mary Houston, Grace Howard, Jenna Romeo, Heather Wilson)