When we look back into history we see the advancement in technology and other important things that would life now easier. But do we look at the history of where we as a person came from? Were my ancestors brought over to the United States? Did my parents bring me over to a better life? Did someone in my ancestry bring our family over for a new life?The author of “The Book Of Unknown Americans” talks about multiple stories of immigrants that came to America and how they intertwine with each other in the book. But in media immigrants are portrayed with one story or a stereotypical background of coming to the US. As a country of immigrants, how can we only have one story in the stereotypes put on immigrants, and in media?
In “The Book Of Unknown Americans” starts off talking about a family that came to America on a visa. But because the parents wanted improvement in the condition of their daughter from an incident that happened a year pier to them coming to the US. Some people believe in the stereotypes about immigrants like all undocumented immigrant come from Mexico. “By 2010, Mexicans comprised 58 percent of undocumented immigrants living in u.s. Unauthorized migrants from elsewhere in Latin America made up 23 percent of the undocumented population followed by those from Asia (11 percent), Europe and Canada (4 percent), and Africa (3 percent).(Myths and Stereotypes About Hispanics and Immigration) In the article, ”The Facts on Immigration Today: 2017 Edition,” it says that there has been an increasing amount of immigrants that are entering the U.S. legally or that they overstay on a visa rather than crossing the border illegally. Over the years, immigrants have changed from the stereotypes we still see in media.
In media, immigrants are portrayed as poor, aggressive, or as criminals when in truth that most immigrants not criminals, not poor, and are unaggressive. “A 2017 study by the Cato Institute found that the 2014 incarceration rate for immigrants—both authorized and unauthorized—ages 18 to 54 was considerably lower than that of the U.S.-born population. While the foreign-born share of the U.S. population grew from 11.1 percent to 13.5 percent from 2000 to 2015, FBI data indicate that violent crime rates across the country fell 16 percent, while property crime rates fell 21 percent during the same time period.”(The Facts on Immigration Today: 2017 Edition) In the Article, “Latino, Black And Middle-Eastern Immigrants Portrayed As Criminals On TV,” “In its report, “Power of Pop: Analyzing Portrayals of Immigrants in Popular Television,” researchers found that a significant portion of storylines tied to immigration or immigrants centered on some form of unlawful activity including murder, human trafficking, and drug dealing. In a racial and ethnic breakdown of those storylines, 50% of Latino immigrant characters were represented in an unlawful act and 38% were depicted as incarcerated, 33% of Black immigrants and 25% of Middle-Eastern immigrants were depicted as incarcerated, while only 9% of white immigrants were shown to commit an unlawful act.” In “The Book Of Unknown Americans,” it shows different sides of immigrants and how they have jobs that not many people in America want to do with the immigrants that are successful in America.
In Conclusion, the story of immigrant should be told so that everyone gains tolerance towards the subject of immigration. Because everyone has a dream for themselves as well as their family and would do anything to accomplish that dream. For people that come here, they all feel “The surge of possibility.The tug of the doubt.” which is said by Alma when they first night in America.(pg 6) But the are many stories in the life of the unknown Americans.