Participation action research is an interesting method because it focuses on a problem/issue and requires four steps in order to solve the problem. Step one is to identify the problem and the nature of that problem. Step two is to create a plan or brainstorm ideas that will help solve said problem. Step three is to take action in an attempt to solve the problem. Step four, the final step, is to evaluate the attempt made and determine whether or not the problem was solved to their desire. If the problem has not been solved, you repeat the steps until the problem is solved.
Immigration has been a touchy issue for many Americans; some people want them to stay where they are, others think we should just allow them to come over, or some people are simply indifferent when it comes to immigration. Some even claim they don't want immigrants to enter the country because they are going to "steal our jobs" or ruin the fabric of what is America. But I think since immigrants founded America, it shouldn't try to keep them from becoming citizens of the United States. Addressing contradictions is a part of Participatory Action Research and trying to keep immigrants out of a country that was built by immigrants seems like a big contradiction in my opinion.
If I were a community psychologist I would address this issue by finding more ways to integrate these new immigrants to the existing community as soon as they arrive. To assist them I would use those who formerly emigrated to the U.S, since they have shared the same experience. The former immigrants would be tasked with helping them learn the language and discuss their early experiences they had when they first arrived. I believe this would work effectively because we readily identify with those who are similar to us and who better to help new comers than those who have been immigrants themselves? Also, we could start programs to help improve reading and writing skills to help them adjust to their surroundings and get around efficiently without being lost. All in all, immigrants come here to find opportunity they could not find in their home country and we as Americans should feel honored to have them.