Undocumented immigration is a controversial topic these days. There are many factors that make it so. There are many ethical issues involved with undocumented immigration, and they stem from the fact that undocumented immigrants are not officially recorded as being in the country. Undocumented immigration is also commonly termed as “illegal” immigration, and what makes it illegal is when a person flees their native country into another country while violating the immigration laws of the destination country.
Before getting into the ethical issues surrounding undocumented immigrants, it is important to understand both what causes people to become undocumented immigrants, and what effects undocumented immigrants have on their destination country. There are many factors which may lead a person to illegally cross a border into the United States. The most common reason is economic, but other reasons include persecution in the home country, genocide, or a desire to escape a war-torn country. The majority of illegal immigrants in the United States come from Central America, and in particular Mexico. In many of these cases, one family member (usually a man) will cross the border into the United States in order to make
more money and send it home to his family. The minimum wage for a day of work in Mexico is roughly $4. (Daily Minimum Wages 2008) In contrast, a Mexican who comes to work in the United States will make about double that amount, but on an hourly basis. As one can tell, this is a drastic increase in income that would be very appealing to someone struggling through poverty in a foreign country.
Another important factor which forces people to immigrate to the United States is persecution from a hostile government. One example of this is people fleeing from Cuba to the U.S. Citizens of Cuba are not permitted to leave the country, however many do so unlawfully in hopes of finding a better life in the U.S. Because Cuba is a smaller country and may not have the resources of the United States, people risk everything and leave in hopes of realizing opportunities not available to them in Cuba.
There are also many dangers that exist for undocumented immigrants. Crossing a border illegally can be an extremely dangerous process for someone hoping to enter the United States. The U.S. - Mexico border is one of the most busy and heavily guarded borders in the world. The border is patrolled by 17,399 border control agents, who are all hoping to stop the crossing of undocumented immigrants. (Jeffrey) Because the border is so heavily guarded, many people go to extreme measures to try to get across. There are many deaths in the process. Because of the nature of undocumented immigration, an exact count of the deaths along the border cannot be known, but it is estimated that 1,954 people have died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border
since 1998. (NY Times) Illegal immigrants cross over in the backs of trucks or in shipping containers, and die from suffocation. They also may encounter dehydration during a long walk exposed in sunlight across the border.
Many illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border are the victims of human smuggling. This is the process by which someone will sneak an immigrant across the border for a fee. In the instance of the U.S.-Mexico border, these smugglers are commonly known as “coyotes.” They have been known to treat the immigrants terribly, often abusing, raping, or even killing them. One 21 year old immigrant woman was found dead in San Diego, believed to be killed because she could not pay her smuggler. These types of deaths are common, and if the immigrant is not killed he may be abandoned in the middle of the journey due to complications and die shortly afterward. (Sherman)
In the United States many businesses target illegal immigrants as employees. Illegal immigrants are always looking for work and will work at a cheaper price then the average...
...Rhetorical Analysis Paper:
My Life as an UndocumentedImmigrant
The article “My Life as an UndocumentedImmigrant” was written by Jose Antonio Vargas. In it, Vargas tells of the time when his mother brought him to the Phillippines’ Ninoy Aquino International Airport when he was twelve. His mother told him that she wanted to give him a better life so he boarded onto a plane with a man he had never met before and was told that he was his uncle. He arrived in Mountain View, California and moved in with his grandparents Lolo and Lola. Vargas says that he grew to love his new home and when he entered sixth grade that’s when he found his passion for language. He tells of his struggle of making a distinction between “formal English and American slang” (Vargas 1) and says that he won his 8th grade spelling bee by spelling words that he couldn’t even pronounce properly. The first time Vargas realized he wasn’t a true American was when he was denied his driver’s license because of his fake documentation. After this happened he knew he wanted to prove to himself and everyone else that he was a true American.
Vargas believed and stated that if he worked hard enough and was successful in what he did, that would prove he was a true American. The article states all of the things that Vargas accomplished: graduating from high school and college, a successful career as a journalist and living the American dream (Vargas 2). Even...
...Undocumented Student Immigrants
Many undocumented students came to the United States with their parents as young children. According to Professor Roberto Gonzales of the University of Washington [who took his Ph.D. in Sociology in University of California, Irvine], they belong to the 1.5 generation – any (first generation) immigrants brought to the country at a young age that were largely raised in this country and therefore share much in common with second generation Americans. Growing up here and sometimes having little attachment to their country of birth, these students are culturally American. English is their first language and many do not even know that their status in the country where they live is illegal until they apply for a driver’s license or college. Each year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school, many at the top of their class, cannot go to college, cannot work and cannot pursue their dreams. These students should not be deprived of higher education because of their parent’s choices. Therefore, a proposal called DREAM Act, a “bipartisan legislation that addresses the tragedy of young people who grew up in the United States and have graduated from our high schools, but whose future is circumscribed by our current immigration laws” (National Immigration Law Center 1), should be implemented. “Under current law, these young people generally derive their...
...Health Care for UndocumentedImmigrants
Project Unit 9
Marycelis Rodriguez Lopez
October 26, 2010
Health Care for Illegal Immigrants
Health care is a very complicated subject especially lately with the new reform that the government is implementing. A highly increasing portion of the population it’s currently uninsured not including a large percent that are immigrants in need of health care coverage. For this population we have to keep in mind that the status of the illegal population keeps growing every day. This raises the concern when it comes to health issues, it’s speculated that at least 95% of the undocumented people crossing the border have not had any proper health care in their entire life. Health care is a very popular and heated debate topic. When it comes to undocumented population; a lot of the debate topics we can find are the pro and cons of proving them with health care, the cost of it and who will be eligible for the new health bill recently pass by congress.
In the pro and cons people can find that there is a very large amount of the population unable to afford health care. This situation has a very alarming increase rate every year; this is even excluding the undocumented population. Most of this population is afraid to seek medical attention do to their fears of being caught and deported to...
...location. “Push factors are generally negative, such as poor economic conditions, lack of opportunity, discrimination, political oppression, and war. Whereas pull factors are generally positive, such as better economic opportunity, political freedom, and favorable reception toward immigrants” (Potocky-Tripodi, 2002, p. 13).
In order to understand the resettlement and adaption of immigrants in a host country, it is critical to examine all aspects of animmigrant migration path. In light of this phenomenon is significant to understand this process through the lens of three stages of migration: premigration and departure, transit, and resettlement. Theses stages can serve as an ongoing frame of reference for evaluation and comparing their current experience in the host country. “The stage of migration framework provides a context for understating and helping immigrants families and individuals by linking the migration experiences in the original and intermediate countries with experiences in the country of destination” (Drachman, Kwon-Ahn, & Paulino, 1996, p. 627). Using this framework an interview was conduct to analyze the human experiences of migration in attempt to further gain insight on immigrant who take into account not only their economic needs but also social and cultural differences, which may or may not be accepted.
For the privacy of the interviewee, the name Ms. Stephenson will be...
...Immigration in biology leads to genetic variation and higher survival levels. When one talks of immigration, now concerns of economy and living arrangements are the first thoughts that pop in the minds of many. Social and economical positions are extremely intertwined with the concept of immigration. Immigration leads to higher rates of competition in the economy which leads for businesses to have higher output levels, in turn giving room for more workers to be hired. Immigration also leads to more social diversity. More cultures are placed into areas with hundreds if not thousands of other cultures and soon the society becomes greatly diverse. Looking into the past, immigrant workers were responsible for the construction of this nation. This is indeed a nation built off the sweat of immigrant workers from the world over. Immigrants have given enough to this nation to be recognized as key aspects of this nation’s past. Through the process of immigration this nation has grown and expanded. Immigration has been a powerful worker in the creation of this nation and will be discussed as such.
In biology organisms of the same species live within the same living habitats. They share the same needs and do not shun those who live in their habitats. Most organisms live with an understanding that working together will ensure survival. That is the understanding that if one were to exclude themselves from their pack then one would have a lower...
...Immigrants’ conflict in assimilation
Immigrants in the United States encounter many obstacles and conflicts while they struggle to absorb the new society from old culture. They struggle in two different languages, two different cultures, and two different people parts of the world. For some immigrants, it is easy to make an assimilation of new society. However, for some immigrants, it is difficult to assimilate to the new society because they already used to with their traditional home culture. The traditional home culture such as food, custom, values, norms are difficult to get rid of for some immigrants which make them difficult to live in the new society.
First Generation Immigrants
As first immigrants’ generation, parents usually struggle with absorbing new languages, finding jobs and better life for families in the new society. Many first immigrants’ parents are busy in their new society; they have lack of time and communicate with their children. Some immigrants’ parents do not have time to teach their own traditional culture to their children. In back home country, children learn their own traditional culture from their families members, relatives, own community and society. In the new society, parents are always busy with their financial needs, working three or four jobs. “The children’s development of an identify...
...When determining the status of morality there is three different options. Morality may be the different between objectives, relativistic, or it may be a complex set of rules. Moral nihilists are like relativists by denying ethical objectivism however, relativists believe in moral goodness, duty and virtue and nihilists don’t. Error theorists and expressivism are both forms of moral nihilism. Error theorists believe “our moral judgments are always mistaken”. Expressivists don’t agree and also deny that our moral claims can ever offer an accurate take on reality. (307)
Error theory and expressivism are two forms of moral nihilism. Error theorists believe “our moral judgments are always mistaken”. (307) While expressivists deny those beliefs and deny, “that our moral claims can never offer an accurate take on reality”. (307) The error theory is made of three doubts/claims.
The first is “there are no moral features in this world”. Error theorists believe that nothing is morally good or bad, or right and wrong. Exemplified in the book many scientific qualities in the world (liquids, being three feet long, carbon based chemicals) but none of them contain moral features. The next doubt of error theorists is no moral judgments are true. There are no moral facts so certain statements made cannot be true. The third corresponds to the second doubt, “our sincere moral judgments try, but always fail, to describe the moral features of things”. Since there are no moral truths for...
Boxing is a violent sport full of hate where the only objective is to knock your opponent unconscious. This is a very quick and biased view of boxing because if you study boxing closer it helps teach the person about their moral character. Boxing helps teach people to “get off the canvas and roll with the punches” (Marino, 2010, para 8) and to face their fears, two important lessons to get through life. Throughout the article written by Marino, he educates about Aristotelian ethics and uses boxing as a real-life example. I believe that Marino’s invocation of Aristotelian ethics is well articulated, and I agree with his application through boxing relating it to your life. Aristotelian ethics and boxing can relate to the rights and responsibility lens; boxing can help develop our moral lives and can clearly define and educate people about Aristotle’s definition of courage.
The sport of boxing and comparing it to real-life morals and virtues is extremely well done by Gordon Marino using Aristotelian ethics. The moral virtues that Aristotle preached such as “qualities, temperance, justice, pride, and truthfulness” (Marino, 2010, para. 11) all can be directly applied to Kantian ethics and the rights/responsibility lens (DesJardins, 2012). Boxing is a man versus man, woman versus woman sport which “can compel a person to take a quick self-inventory...