The events of September 11, 2001, ushered in a new era.
It is widely regarded as the world’s worst terrorist assault, with over 3,000 people killed and many more suffering from life-altering injuries, despair, and PTSD.
After the World Trade Center was destroyed, a traumatized country lived in fear of another attack.
And in the midst of the turmoil, the US decided to put national security first.
The attackers’ identification was the focus of the 24-hour news cycle after the attacks: non-citizens who were able to exploit “vulnerabilities” in the immigration system.
The US government believed that “national security” necessitated an immediate overhaul of the system, and the people agreed.
People were ready to give government agencies complete authority in the hopes of keeping Americans safe from terrorists.
Harsh policy reforms, such as the Patriot Act, were enacted in the name of national security.
However, both Congress and the White House have concentrated their policymaking efforts on reducing immigration, spending stratospheric budgets to restrict borders even more.
and toughening enforcement against non-citizens, including Muslims, Latinos, and others who have no connections to terrorism.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which administers Customs and Border Protection, US Citizenship, Immigration Services and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, were the most significant creations.
However, the changes are felt in towns all across the nation. In the years after September 11, for example, federal Real ID legislation propose.
It hails as a means to standardize driver’s licenses throughout the United States by establishing minimum standards for different states to follow.
When issuing identification and driving permits, including requiring each applicant’s legal status to be verified.
Because issuing licenses is a state responsibility, the legislation has been costly and time-consuming to implement.
However, when combined with increased ICE partnerships with local law enforcement agencies, Real ID posed a significant threat to people living in the United States without legal status.
Every time they get behind the wheel, unlike and illegal drivers risk be deport.
This results in purposeful persecution of drivers in many areas, culminating in arrests and family separations over minor traffic violations.
Similarly, immigration reform is a difficult task. Prior to 9/11’s, the Bush administration expressed support for pro-immigrant legislation, such as the DREAM Act, which provides a route to citizenship for young people.
In reality, legislation’s public hearings were set for September 12, 2001.
However, after the assaults, the law was postponed and remained in limbo for the last 20 years.
leaving thousands of young people in the dark as a result of the United States’ fundamental change in thinking after 9/11’s.
The plan also modifies and gutter. Over time, the DREAM Act mirrors this shift.
The events of September 11, 2001, resulted in a significant and long-lasting shift in US immigration policy and views.
In this episode of Latino USA, we look at significant developments and events in immigration over the last 20 years through the perspective of one tragic day.