Presenter Information

Celia MoralesFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Immigration, Honduras, Stereotype

Biography

My name is Celia Morales. I am a senior pursuing a double major in Spanish and Psychology. This presentation is part of my senior Spanish Capstone course.

Major

Spanish

Advisor for this project

Maria Burgueno

Start Date

18-4-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

18-4-2019 12:00 PM

Abstract

Immigration is always a hot topic, especially in politics. This paper will look at the Honduras, one of the most impoverished countries in Central America, its history, its relationship with the United States, while also linking historical events to the possible reasons behind why Hondurans wish to leave their home country and immigrate to the United States. The study of the history and its effects will prove, that what the Hondurans endure in their country has had an effect on their psyche, making them scared, but yet unafraid to cross the border. Once the effects are established, this will lead into the debunking of the stereotypes that we have familiarized ourselves with for so long. For instance, some of these stereotypes may include: immigrants who come to the United States are here to “freeload” off of the government, they are only here to cause more crime such as drug and human trafficking, that they are all “Mexicans”, they are lazy, or even that they are here to steal the American citizen’s jobs, and last being that they are all “illegal aliens”. Once the immigrants start their journey to the United States border, this is when we begin to discriminate and stereotype them. While there are some people that can take advantage of what the United States has to offer, most of the time this is not the case because immigrants are willing to make a contribution to society in order to have a better life.

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Apr 18th, 10:45 AM Apr 18th, 12:00 PM

Debunking the Stereotypes of Immigrants Who Cross the United States Border

Immigration is always a hot topic, especially in politics. This paper will look at the Honduras, one of the most impoverished countries in Central America, its history, its relationship with the United States, while also linking historical events to the possible reasons behind why Hondurans wish to leave their home country and immigrate to the United States. The study of the history and its effects will prove, that what the Hondurans endure in their country has had an effect on their psyche, making them scared, but yet unafraid to cross the border. Once the effects are established, this will lead into the debunking of the stereotypes that we have familiarized ourselves with for so long. For instance, some of these stereotypes may include: immigrants who come to the United States are here to “freeload” off of the government, they are only here to cause more crime such as drug and human trafficking, that they are all “Mexicans”, they are lazy, or even that they are here to steal the American citizen’s jobs, and last being that they are all “illegal aliens”. Once the immigrants start their journey to the United States border, this is when we begin to discriminate and stereotype them. While there are some people that can take advantage of what the United States has to offer, most of the time this is not the case because immigrants are willing to make a contribution to society in order to have a better life.