Humanize Our Treatment of Undocumented People

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The United States federal government should immediately end deportations, allow all undocumented immigrants to become citizens if they wish to do so, and permit undocumented immigrants to access the social safety net, regardless of status.

In the United States today, an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants reside within the nation’s borders. A common and harmful myth that permeates through American political discourse is the idea that these undocumented persons are a “drain” on public resources and the economy more generally. This myth has led to decades of policies that attempt to limit undocumented person’s…


The education system in the United States is characterized by large disparities in opportunities and resources.

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According to Carnoy and Garcia (2017), these inequalities persist along racial lines, and, to a greater extent, along class lines. Due to the fact that African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to be impoverished, educational reform that focuses on low-income schools disproportionately affects minorities. Anyon (2005) describes how most of these reforms are targeted at the schools themselves, through increased funding, charter schools, and, far too often, standardized testing. Despite the evidence that educational inequalities stem more from socioeconomic factors than school quality, these reforms are consistently implemented and fail to produce necessary systemic change. Furthermore, schools that fail…


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Abstract

This essay will discuss the foreign policy of the US throughout the 21st century and the effects of these decisions on denuclearization and non proliferation. More specifically, it will examine how policy decisions made in relation to Iraq, Libya, and Iran impact current negotiations between the Trump Administration and both North Korea and Iran. The United States used military force to overthrow the government in Iraq in 2003 under the pretense that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction. The US and United Nations allies assisted rebels in Libya in 2011, following Gaddafi’s decision to agree to dismantle his nuclear…


Eighteen Years of Consistent Goals, Shifting Strategies, & Poor Planning (Written in March of 2020)

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Abstract

This article examines the goals and strategies of three administrations throughout the Afghanistan War. Research is drawn from the interviews and memos published in the Washington Post’s Afghanistan Papers, as well as secondary source commentary about the impact of political and military decisions. From these data, it is clear that the main goals of US foreign policy were to defeat Al Qaeda and end terrorist presence in Afghanistan. Strategies shifted from counterterrorism to counterinsurgency, but consistently failed to provide the adequate means to achieve…


In the United States school system, class and race greatly impact both the ability of students to succeed and their parent’s ability to be involved in classroom affairs.

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In the United States school system, class and race greatly impact both the ability of students to succeed and their parent's ability to be involved in classroom affairs.

As Massey and Denton (1993) explain in American Apartheid, “segregation concentrates poverty,” which creates a broad range of environmental and economic circumstances that reinforce racism and poverty. These circumstances in turn affect the schooling of low-income students, who suffer from underfunded schools, with parents who often face difficulties in child-rearing due to intense work schedules and lack of childcare.

Moll (2011) points outs, however, that this does not mean that low-income parents…

Kevinjames Boyle

UCLA 2020. Publishing old essays, mainly about politics, labor rights, and social justice.

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