FMST 101 Chapter 4: Immigrant Families
Illegal Immigrants: Statistics and Attitudes
• Perspectives on this issues dependent on different factors:
• When economy is financially strong, society welcomes immigrants.
• When economy is financially weak, immigrants seen as taking away jobs.
• Critics allege that low-skilled workers overload schools and welfare systems.
• Because immigrants are younger, poorer, and less well-educated, they use more
government services and pay less in taxes.
Experiences of Illegal Immigrants
• Racism and language barriers recent easy transition to a new culture.
• Employment recruiters promise jobs and training.
• Reality is that immigrants sometimes live at or below the poverty line because
they do not receive the promised wages and/or benefits
• Immigrants are more likely to take jobs that other americans are less willing to take
• which can put them at risk for physical problems
Race and Ethnicity
• Group of people who are different from the majority-category people because of
physical characteristics (i.e., skin color)
• Sociologist and anthropologist view race as a social construct
• Set of people who identify with a particular national origin or cultural heritage
• Race is about biology
• Ethnicity is about culture
Racism, Discrimination, and Prejudice
• The belief that one’s own racial and/or ethnic group is inherently superior to others.
• Attitude that prejudges people, usually in a negative way, who are different from us in
a race, religion, ethnicity, or some other social characteristic