Saturday, September 11, 2021

9/11’s Immigration Legacy


Latino USA considers the immigration consequences of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  Mexican immigrants were collateral damage in the subsequent "war on terror."

The immigrations consequences of September 11 are many.  Congress and the White House focused the weight of policy making on curbing immigration, funding increased budgets to tighten borders, and toughening enforcement against noncitizens, including Muslims, Latinos, and others with zero no ties whatsoever to terrorism.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created to enforce the immigration laws.

Real ID legislation was introduced at the federal level as a way to standardize drivers’ licenses throughout the U.S. by setting minimum guidelines.

Efforts at immigration reform ended on September 11.


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