The juxtaposition of reading both “Safety through Immigration Control” by Mark Krikorian and “Not Your Homeland” by Edwidge Danticat together makes the reader want to separate Krikorian as an essay against immigration and Danticat as an essay for it. However, this implies that the two essays disagree when really neither essay’s argument directly conflicts with the other. Rather, each is advocating for different aspects to the same subject (immigration). This opens up the possibility for both to have their way, no compromise necessary. Krikorian writes about immigration as the greatest threat to homeland security and advocates for “an immigration system designed for homeland security [to] apply to all stages in the process: issuing visas overseas, screening people at the borders and airports, and enforcing the rules inside the country.” Danticat never disagrees with these ideas in her essay concerning immigration in America. Instead, the main focus of “Not Your Homeland” is how immigrants are treated in America. Danticat writes about how immigrants from Haiti are many times sent straight to prison once they enter the United States. That these individuals are not, and have never been, criminals and how they merely seek to find refuge in the states and instead are imprisoned and abused. Danticat does not say that all immigrants should be allowed into America, her main focus is how many are unfairly treated while they are here. If America was to follow Krikorian’s guideline for an immigration system they could easily treat immigrants respectfully as well. Homeland security does not need to beat or imprison immigrants in order to not allow them into the country.
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