Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)
Scapegoat; United States--Emigration and immigration; Blame; Scapegoat--Religious aspects; United States--Emigration and immigration--Religious aspects; Blame--Religious aspects; Girard, René, 1923- Bouc émissaire.; Kearney, Richard. Strangers, Gods, and monsters.;
Those living in Postville, Iowa in May of 2008 have had an especially intimate experience with immigrant problems in this country. Ten months after the immigration raid that wiped out 20 percent of the rural town’s population, people still refer to Postville as a "dying community" (Grey). The ethics of this issue are unclear. Is it right to deport the sole provider of a home because he is illegal when the rest of his family is legal? If we examine this topic, we find that the ambivalence surrounding this issue explains why it is such a hot topic in society.
Date of Award
The Postville Project
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
© 2009 Leah Marie Short
Short, Leah Marie, "Our aliens: How does a criminal become human?" (2009). Honors Program Theses. 92.