Benjamin’s theory is present when looking at U.S citizens’ attitudes toward immigration. Many U.S citizens have a negative attitude toward people trying to immigrate to the U.S. Since immigrants were not born in the United States, they are seen as other, or not the same, as U.S citizens. Their dehumanization through the separation of families and unfair treatment is seen as acceptable to many U.S. citizens because U.S. citizens do not view the immigrating people as humanely as they view themselves. There is no mutual recognition between the U.S citizen and the immigrant. They are othered through their different birthplace, language, and culture. Although there are some U.S citizens who advocate for better treatment of immigrants, which works toward mutual recognition, the fact that mistreatment still occurs shows that mutual recognition is not yet met.
4 thoughts on “Benjamin’s Theory Applied to U.S Immigration”
I agree, the dynamic between citizen and immigrant in the U.S. is the perfect example of the binaries Benjamin talks about.
This is a great example of the danger of separation and dehumanization that Benjamin writes about.
I think you summed up this application really well when you said that immigrants are “othered through their different birthplace, language, and culture”.
I agree with what you’ve written. Great job applying Jessica Benjamin’s theory to this serious issue.