Thesis: The American and Mexican nations need to create and implement a better plan to deal with illegal immigration other than a wall that destroys lands and causes many deaths each year.
1. Building a wall would only temporally stop emigrants from entering illegally.
a. Concession: A wall would only be a temporary deterrent.
b. People who are determined to enter the country will find ways around the wall. (ie: over, under, around)
c. Harsher penalties for those who overstay their visas and those who enter illegally like longer jail sentences and/or possible death sentence.
2. Cost of building and securing the wall would be ridiculous.
a. Concession: A wall will provide jobs for many people.
b. The proposed cost of building the wall between Mexico and the U.S. is about $9 billion.
c. Cost of drones to replace humans on/near the wall.
3. The toll that the wall has on the environment, endangered species and humanities.
a. Impact on the environment and damage to sacred lands.
b. Endanger animals that only live in the area will find their homes destroyed or decade long hibernation/mating routes destroyed.
c. Lives lost on the trek to the wall that splits the nations.
Why the Border Fence is a Bad Idea
The American government has decided that building a wall between our country and Mexico is the best option to keep out illegal immigrants. This wall is a sign of weakness, showing that our nation does not know how to handle such a situation like this. There has to be other ways to slow or stop illegal immigration. The American and Mexican nations need to create and implement a better plan, or plans, to deal with illegal immigration other than building a wall that destroys lands and causes many deaths each year.
Building the wall is a wonderful idea in the hopes to slow illegal aliens from entering the United States. It has previously shown to help decrease the drug trade and criminal activity...
The U.S border with Mexico spans almost 2,000 miles from the states of California to Texas, and illegalimmigration, drug trafficking, and other security breaches along the border have been issues of growing concern for decades. After September 11, 2001 the call to secure American borders increased and the idea of expanding physical layers of security along the Mexican border began to gain serious importance in the minds of lawmakers. Signed into law by Ex-President George W. Bush, the Secure Fence Act in 2006 mandated the construction of almost 700 miles of barrier fence along the Mexican border; proponents of the physical fence believe that the barrier will act as a strategic impediment for those who wish to cross the border from Mexico into the United States illegally. While the wall proposed is 700 miles long, the US-Mexico border is roughly 2,000 miles long. This means illegal immigrants will simple try to cross over the two-thirds of the border that is not covered by the fence. A fence along the US-Mexico border should not be built as it will not stop illegal immigrants from entering the United States.
Supporters of the Secure Fence Act believe that while the 700 mile fence might not...
In writing a paper on immigration in America, the featured texts illuminate what problems have arisen and what measures can be taken to solve them. Illegalimmigration, primarily from Mexico, has become an increasing problem since the early nineties. While immigration laws are set in place to stop this infiltration, authorities do not always act. America has become a feeder for emotionally injured people, or people seeking refuge from their own country. A high majority of illegal immigrants arrive in poverty and inevitably end up on welfare. The problem is not the arrival of these refugees; it is that they are illegally benefiting from America’s generosity. The following gives a general overview on the steps that can be put into place to help prevent this problem. Through an increase in border patrols, stricter repercussions for violations, and a set punishment for employers, America can regain its economy, job security, and health as a nation.
The Infiltration of America: IllegalImmigrationSolutions
America has become the melting pot for the world. Written directly on the Statue of Liberty’s base states, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” What many fail to realize, though, is that the statement does not say, “Give me your tired and poor and let me use tax money to pay for their...
... Before the BorderFence was built on August 29, 2008, America was facing and still is facing one of the gravest threats ever. The lack of security and law enforcement agents, has caused so much havac and danger to the citizens of America and Mexican residents. We the citizens of the United States of America are in extreme danger with all the activity going on in Mexico, that is vastly spreading into the U.S. The drug cartel, human trafficking and terrorists are on the rise; we are forced to put up a permanent barrier to prevent and protect our country from these horrifying acts. The barriers are strategically placed to migrate the flow of illegalborder crossings along Mexico and the United States international borders. Construction supporters cite to ongoing escalation of national security risks, relating to cartel border violence and their possible co-operation with overseas terrorists. Opponents claim the barriers are a taxpayer boondoggle and that the barriers are inappropriately jeopardizing the health and safety of those seeking illegal entry into the U.S. They also claim it destroys animal habitat, because it prevents them from reaching food and water. Some argue that the...
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...Beware! America is being invaded by aliens! Not the little, green, Martian type you see in science fiction movies, but the real thing. I'm talking about the illegal type who come in every day and every night, by land and by sea. Estimates have shown that as many as 500,000 illegal aliens make it across the border every year (Morganthau 67). Illegalimmigration causes many problems in the United States, including economic problems, crime, education disputes, and overcrowding. All of these problems were already damaging our country and illegalimmigration has made them much, much worse. Let me begin to explain the problem with a story. A woman named Xiomara T. escaped Nicaragua in 1991 to escape the violence afflicting her country (Jost, Feb. 3, 1995). She slipped across the Mexican-American border easily one night without papers guaranteeing her legal status which would give her all the rights she needed. She made it into California with no problems from the border patrol, whose duty is to keep illegal aliens out of our country. In California, Xiomara got a job working for about four dollars an hour, even though her employer knew she was illegal. A few years later, she became pregnant and Wyatt 2 received virtually free prenatal care through a government-funded public health clinic. Now she receives free medical aid for...
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There should be some history given on immigration to understand how the country has dealt with immigration in the past. The first major immigration since our journey over to this country was the immigration of African Americans through the slave trade; 500,000 were brought over until up to the time of the American Revolution (Bergen). This is one of history's only forced immigrations. From 1830 to the year 1890 there were 7.5 million recorded illegal immigrants to this country from Europe and Asia. This was brought about by the large number of growing opportunities in the U.S. for those jobs that were unskilled, and low paying, which will be discuss later. The gold rush accounted for many of the Asian and Latin American immigrants. In 1907 Japanese immigration was limited and Chinese...
...Invasion of Illegal Immigrants
The United States has been invaded—not by a conquering army or some world superpower. These invaders take on a different form. They have no leader, no weapons of mass destruction, and no militaristic plan of attack. Yet these invaders pose one of the greatest threats to America’s future. Who are these dreaded invaders who pose such a threat? They are illegal immigrants.
In the past few years, illegal immigrants have become a major topic in the political realm. Peter Katel, the author of “IllegalImmigration” and many other well known political articles, is a highly respected author and correspondent in Newsweek’s Miami Journal. According to Peter Katel, it is estimated that more than ten million illegal immigrants are now living in the United States. This number has increased from only 3.5 million fifteen years ago (Katel 3). Illegal immigrants threaten to destroy America’s economy, national and domestic security, and culture.
Why are illegal aliens a security issue?
One of the biggest fears concerning the illegalimmigration problem is the security issue that arises. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed by two Middle Eastern men, Mohamed and Mahmud Abouhalima, who had gained permanent residence in the country illegally. These two men used flaws and loopholes in the...
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