Immigration and especially illegal immigration is a touchy subject these days. Illegal immigrants are defined as all foreign born, unauthorized, non-citizens who reside illegally (Department of Homeland Security N.P.). There many modern countries that have large populations of immigrants these days and some believe it is the beginning of a big problem. These clashing cultures have all made a voice for themselves in their new homes. Their idea is “strength in numbers”. Large populations of immigrants are already affecting policy making ideas within the countries with the highest number of immigrants. Countries, such as the U.S., have to be careful and take into account what immigration policies they are creating in order to keep the peace and prevent protests or even rioting. Policy making decisions could pose a potential threat to national security. For example, “The Killing of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a Moroccan man because van Gogh had made a controversial film about abused Muslim women and the recent fires and riots in France reveal the potential for violence in these cultural conflicts”(Johnson 221). Hundreds of thousands of immigrants, both legal and illegal, are pouring into the U.S. every year and the question that we have to ponder is, how beneficial is immigration to the U.S.? Whether illegal immigrants are beneficial to the host country is a controversial topic and I believe that both sides of this argument have merit. However it is a possibility that I would be labeled a racist or a bigot, I believe that illegal immigrants should not be allowed to enter or remain in the United States because they pose a great detriment to the country. Now more than ever, illegal immigration is one of the biggest problems that the U.S. is facing. Assimilation to the American population and the American way is one of the leading issues that has troubled our great nation. Large numbers of immigrants have settled in certain areas around the Southwestern part of the U.S. This grouping makes it easier for them to communicate in their language rather than assimilate to the spoken language of the U.S., which is English. According to Samuel P. Huntington, he believes the same, Mexican immigrants are heavily concentrated in the Southwest and particularly in Southern California. This has very real consequences. Our Founders emphasized that immigrants would have to be dispersed among what they described as the English population in this country. To the extent that we have a large regional concentration of immigrants, it is a departure from our usual pattern (Huntington 244). Already we see proof that this is having an effect on the Southwestern region of California. Certain agencies, such as Santa Ana Fire Department, now require their employees to be bilingual. According to the City of Santa Ana Fire Department website “They must be able to communicate effectively in both English and any one of the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, Hmong, or other approved language.” Not to say that being bilingual is a bad thing but to discriminate against those English speaking only citizens is the beginning of a big problem.
Why is Illegal Immigration such a big issue in the U.S.? Well when you look at what is going on in Mexico and the U.S. you can see some pretty apparent “push” and “pull” factors. “Push” factors are what causes someone to leave their country while “Pull” factors are what draws someone to another country. When assessing the situation in Mexico, you can see the corrupt government, the dangerous drug cartels, and the low annual average income. On the other hand the U.S. for the most part doesn’t have a corrupt government, has a higher average annual income, and people aren’t getting their heads chopped off on a daily basis by drug cartels. When comparing the two countries it is no wonder why someone would risk their life to cross the border. The corruption that goes on in Mexico...
...IS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATIONBENEFICIAL TO THE ECONOMY?
One of the biggest issues facing America today is the alarming number of illegal immigrants living in the United States of America. America, “the land of opportunity,” the phrase became the national ethos for the opportunity for prosperity and success for this country. America, settled by immigrants who moved to America, worked in America, built their homes in America and became American citizens. As time moved forward laws were established because immigrants from all over the world wanted the same opportunity; these rules and regulations had to be followed. To be an American was an honorable status, to live like Americans under the provisions of the Constitution of the United States, citizenship had to be earned in order to be granted. The Naturalization Act of 1790 and The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 were established; these acts were the basic laws of United States citizenship and immigration.
In 2011, The Department of Homeland and Security reported, approximately 11.5 million illegal immigrants lived in the United States. The number of illegal immigrants in this country continues to be on the rise. With a depleted economy and a recession, today’s labor market has become especially challenging. The unemployment rate has risen and because it now takes longer to find a job, workers either have ceased looking for work or accepted part-time jobs...
November 4, 2014
Illegal immigration, a fervently debated issue in the United States, is defined as the migration of people across national borders, or the residence of foreign nationals in a country, in a way that is illegal according to the immigration laws of the destination country. Because the United States is such an attractive country, for it provides opportunity and prosperity, many people who live in less fortunate countries legally and illegally migrate to the United States. Illegal immigration causes a great ordeal, because many politicians and economists argue that illegal immigrants are an economic burden to the United States. On the other hand, some economists claim that illegal immigrants do not actually hurt the economy but they help it.
In the article “Illegal Aliens a Drain on U.S. Taxpayers, Report Says” Writer R. Cort Kirkwood argues that Illegal aliens are largely poor, uneducated and drain the welfare and public education systems, which causes a burden on the economy. Because most immigrants don’t have papers to work, they have to take jobs, which pay less then minimum wage causing them to live in poverty. Kirkwood writes,
“’according to the CIS (Center for Immigration Studies) …Illegals live in poverty at high rates because they earn much less money compared to Americans. The average household income for illegals is...
8 December 2012
High immigrant areas are not the only places being effected by the ever enlarging annual intake of both legal and illegal immigrants; the workplace is already harsh for the working poor in America as it is. The facts of the working poor life style are hard enough to understand but don’t compare to immigrant workers life style. This essay will discuss the financial and physical effects on the working poor and immigrants, and why immigration is doing more harm than good for our economy. I will put together a practical solution and express my feelings on the matters.
The educated article by Steven Camarota, “Does immigration harm the poor?”, has multiple statistical points over immigration that come from a sturdy research council called the NRC. Each year the United States admits between 700k and 900k legal immigrants; additionally, the Immigration and Naturalization Service estimates that 5 million illegal aliens now live in the country with 400k new illegal aliens settling annually (Camarota 1). Those numbers are relatively small compared to the overall population of the country but they still have a big effect. Six states—California, New York, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, and Illinois—which have only 38 percent of the nation's total population, account for three-fourths of the immigrant population (Camarota 18). What happens in...
...Immigration: Liberty and Justice for All
There are many social problems making up our criminal justice system. The significant problem I chose to emphasize on is illegal immigration. Immigration is a major social problem in the criminal justice system because the laws or regulations are always changing, and some people are just not willing to accept change. As with anything, illegal immigration does have its consequences and does not always impact society in a positive manner, but in general, immigration is very important to the economy and diversity of the United States. Immigration has been responsible for religious changes, cultural change and population growth throughout the history of the United States. The political, economic, and social aspects of immigration have created much controversy in regards to religion, ethnicity, job growth, economic benefits, poverty, crime, moral values, and work habits.
Immigration is a highly debated and significant issue in our criminal justice system today. Immigration has several outcomes both good and bad. New immigrants bring our country diversity and introduce new customs, beliefs, and ways of life. Immigration also causes problems for some in our society who feel as if they are taking away jobs, criminally active and overall negatively impacting society. In the United States, we all...
...America offers great job opportunities and a healthy environment to live. Some of the reasons for leaving their homeland to become residents in America are: wealth, prosperity, hardship, poverty and family. Sometimes, their previous country they resided does not provide enough money to live. Nothing in the world is free and sometimes jobs are not so easy to get, especially with no education. Most immigrants live in poverty, and with no education, jobs do not come easily, making it hard to live in their country. America offers both, education and job opportunities. Now is the time for the government of the United States to considerately review and pass laws regarding immigration to this country and provide a modern, safe and reasonable system for immigration.
A reason why America is affected and objects to immigration, is the population, it brings cheap labor and it lowers America's living standards. A long time ago, America had room for immigrants and welcomed foreign visitors, until about ninety years ago that changed. Congress passed a law limiting the numbers of immigrants. Since 1908 migrant labor has been part of America all along, doing America’s dirty work. America, even though one of the strongest country, cannot survive without Immigrants. There are more than 10 million undocumented workers in the United States. Most of these illegal workers are concentrated in the south border from California trough Texas, although...
...Immigration in the United States
November 24, 2012
Immigration in the United States
Immigration is a complex phenomenon that has played a major role in the growth of the population in the United States. It is described as the entrance and long –term stay across the national border without receiving appropriate legal documentation. Illegal immigration in the U.S. has soared to a massive scale. As many as 14 million families live in the United States illegally in which at least one is head of household. Illegal immigrants can be deemed as illegal by entering the country without authorization or inspection, staying beyond an authorized period or after legal entry, or by violating the terms of legal entry. Why do people immigrate? Many people immigrate for a variety of reasons. Some relocate by force or fear, escape form prejudices and persecutions, and while others are primarily voluntary. Granted the move may be a necessity, it can be somewhat of a traumatic and challenging experience. Immigrants steal from the federal government, destroy private property, and hurt hard working U.S. citizens. Immigration should have stipulations because it would alleviate certain economic issues, reduce the criminal activity, and benefit the nation health wise.
Illegal immigrants who travel from Mexico and Central America usually come for economic reasons and even oppression from politics within...
...another historical election in our life time Immigration and presidential politics will play a major roll in who will become the next president of the United States of America. President Obama, and several GOP candidates all agree our immigration system is broken and in need of a overhaul. However, it is there different sentiment on immigration and how to fix the open invitation for illegal immigration into this country that leave these candidates at odds. How these candidates plan to handle these issue will have a serious effect on the polls in November. These particular issues in latest news have not been favorable topics for several GOP candidates. The population of the United States in recent decades have become more divers .
In 2010 with a growing population of 308,745,538 today non-Hispanic Whites constitute three quarters (231 million) of the country's population of 308 million people. The largest minority group is composed of 50 million Hispanics composing of 16.3 percent. The remaining population of the United States are African American, comprising about 13.6 percent of the total, or 42 million people, 14 million Asians, 5 million American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts and 1 million Pacific Islanders” (Census). Most studies of the relationship between demographic context and political behavior in the United States have focused on African Americans. However, in recent years there has...
...economic growth. The radio was the way Gloria and her family learned of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This was a major concern for her and her fellow Mexican immigrants because John F. Kennedy was an advocate to bettering the immigration systems. “While JFK’s right legacy is widely recognized, less attention has been paid to his record championing reform that ended an era of deeply discriminatory immigration laws” (Doris). President Kennedy had a power and great had a great vision for immigration that could change the face of America forever. She was in shock and in utter sadness when she learned of the news. The whole country could not believe what had happen. The Immigration Act of 1965 eliminated ancestry, race, or the national origin as a basis for immigrants. It created many fundamentals that still stand in today’s system for legal immigration into the United States.
Not speaking English and not having anyone to teach her made life harder for Gloria. The lack of understanding English kept her from having American friends. This made her feel very isolated and like she was in a “deep hole”. The feeling of being isolated was not a feeling Gloria was used to. It wasn’t until she was a little over eighteen when she learned how to speak English. At the age of eighteen, she married off to get out of her father’s house and reside in the United States permanently. After she...