America has been known as the land of opportunity and makes it possible for anyone to live the American dream; however, nothing comes easy. As of now there are over eleven million illegal immigrants living in the United States with an estimated 1400 new illegal immigrants arriving daily (Katel 1). With so many immigrants currently taking resident in the United States, it is impossible to deport all of them. Although coming into this country illegally is wrong these immigrants are trying to make a better life for themselves. Contrary to belief illegal immigrants are a beneficial asset to America and should have the right to become legal citizens of the United States through the Pathway to Citizenship proposed by President Barack Obama.
Illegal immigrants flea their homeland and come to America to create a better life for them and their families. Most are forced to leave because of dangerous circumstances such as no work, famine, war or a radical government. Whatever the reason, illegals make an effort to establish a better life and therefore should not be denied by the United States. Maria and Juan Gomez from Mexico worked farmland from dawn till dusk, scavenging food from what little money they had. Maria and Juan left Mexico ten years ago and now reside in a Latino community outside Washington D.C. and are working laborious jobs to provide a better life for their son that typical Americans would not do. Juan charges unbeatable prices for his landscaping work as does Maria for her housekeeping; they provide a good service for less money (Katel 1). America thrives off cheap Labor.
Many people have distain toward illegal immigrants because they believe that illegals steal jobs from Americans, however illegal immigrants fill jobs that many of us do not want (Katel 1). Illegal immigrants actually only make up five percent of the entire U.S. work force so it is impossible to argue that they are attempting to steal 95% of people’s jobs...
November 5, 2013
Republicans vs. Democrats: Immigration Reform
No matter the political party, most can agree that America’s immigration system is broken. The steps toward fixing the entire immigration process include everything from border security and amnesty plans, to employment eligibility, and everything in between. While democrats are pushing for quick reforms, a compromise between the two parties is far from settled. With nearly 11 million immigrants predicted to be here illegally, efforts to fix immigration seem more than necessary.
Both Democrats and Republicans agree that border security is a definite step in the process to fix immigration. Reforms concerning border security would include adding more personnel, new technology, and better physical borders. Personnel is suspected to nearly double. New technology includes ground sensors and technology that enable border personnel to respond quicker to border infringements (Bash and Barrett). For republicans, security is a top priority. The GOP not only relate illegalimmigration to this insufficient security but also believe it would prevent transports of illegal contraband, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and other types of cartel activity. Democrats also see the need for the heightened security. President Barack Obama and his administration have developed a plan that involves an increased...
...Improving IllegalImmigration In The United States
“We should honor every legal immigrant here, working hard to become a new citizen. But we are also a nation of laws.”
- President Bill Clinton
You may notice that there are increasing numbers of people moving to the United States. They come from everywhere around the world and choose to settle in the United States. It is happening for many reasons, such as temperature, breeding, economic, political, family re-unification, natural disaster, poverty or the wish to change their surroundings voluntarily. In my experience, the reason why most Chinese people move to the United States is because the economy is more developed than China. They wish to get a green card in the U.S. There are several ways to get a green card in the United States. For example, people who work in the United States may have a chance to get green card, and people who married with a U.S. citizen can get a green card. However, some people may not meet the requirements but they still want to immigrate to the United States. So they try to find other ways to enter and stay in the United States. People who want to immigrate to the U.S. may get temporary work visas and then never leave. This is one of the reasons that illegalimmigration has become widespread. Illegalimmigration has long been a problem in the United States, especially since the...
25 June 2013
IllegalImmigrationIllegalImmigration has been a problem for a very long time now in the United States. It has also been a very controversial subject for as long as I can remember. Illegalimmigration goes back hundreds and thousands of years. Living in such an anti-illegalimmigration state has been tough, there is always something aboutillegalimmigration laws going on, and politics talking about it and the saddest part families being separated, daily.
In 1882 President Chester A. Arthur banned all Chinese immigration to the United States. Shortly after that he banned prostitutes and criminals from coming into the US. He eventually ended up banning mentally ill as well. Although this only banned a small percentage of immigration, it began the distinctions between legal and illegalimmigration. Shortly, a period of time came when a big wave of illegal immigrants poured into the United States from 1881 to 1920 approximately 24 million illegal immigrants came into the United States from all over the world.
During this period a door was opened to illegal Mexicans coming into the US because employers liked their acceptance to low wages for labor. Employers wanted to take advantage of their hard...
Mentor: Professor Cid
Date: March 11, 2013
The need for immigration reform in the United States
Table of Contents
The need for immigration reform in the United States 1
Table of Contents 1
1.0 Introduction 1
2.0 Immigration reforms Implemented in the United States 2
3.0 The need for immigration reforms in the United States 4
4.0 Curbing Illegal Immigrant in the United States 5
5.0Immigration reforms and the Economy 7
6.0 Conclusion 8
7.0 Works Cited 9
Immigration reform is an expression regarding changes to present immigration policies of a nation. Immigration reforms include promoted, open or expanded immigration, and eliminated or reduced immigration patterns. Immigration reform in the U.S. describes proposals to enhance legal immigration while diminishing illegalimmigration. Illegalimmigration in the U.S. is a controversial issue. Proponents of strict immigration reforms claim that illegal immigrants cost U.S. taxpayers an approximately $340 billion dollars. Illegal immigrants also jeopardize the security of citizens and law enforcement officials along the borders. The Immigration Control and Reform Act enacted in 1986 made it...
Short Paper: Week Five
Saundra D. Hale
In the United States today, immigration is a hot topic that has left the country divided on how to proceed with immigration reform. Economic factors, nationalism, and politics all contribute to the immigration debate, as the “us” versus “them” becomes a common theme among American citizens and immigrants. Surveys show that 53% of the population favor deporting illegal immigrants, while 40% believe they should be allowed to stay within the country (Sitler, 2010). Though public opinion of Latin American immigrants has risen over the years, other minorities are not seen as favorable. In addition, 52% of the population feel that immigrants take away employment and housing opportunities for American citizens (Sitler, 2010). Others argue that immigrants simply fill the jobs Americans do not want. No matter the view, immigration is a topic that must be discussed and understood.
To better understand immigration, it is best to define exactly what immigration means. At best, it can described as an individual who seeks a new country due to the need for better resources, economic and educational opportunities, and to secure a more positive future for the individual and their descendants. As time passes and nations change physically, politically and...
26, Mar. 2013
The number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States today is approximated to be at about 12 million. The deficit of sufficient economic opportunities in many other countries remains to inspire foreigners to come to the United States, whether they’re legal or illegal. They are craving the American Dream, the change and opportunity to live a better life. American companies are inspired at how much economic advantages they can receive by hiring these foreigners, whether these workers are legal or not. Knowing their benefits, U.S. employers continue to welcome these workers with goodwill. Nonetheless, increased enforcement of existing laws opposing American companies who deliberately welcome these undocumented employees, together along with the many efforts in Congress to establish new restrictions on illegal immigrants, may have a significant impact on immigration in the years to come.
Well first of all, let’s dig a little deeper into the many reasons why immigrants choose America to migrate to for a new life. In the book Latino Lives in America: Making it home, it states that NLC held two national surveys, 2004 & 2007, focused on what Latinos feel are barriers to obtaining the American dream and to what extent they believe the American dream is attainable. In the 2004 survey, 100 respondents were asked “How do you personally feel about the American dream”?...
...For many years, Immigration restrictions have been a major social issue that affects the United States in so many ways. This review argues against U.S. immigration restrictions. The U.S. stance on immigration policies will need to be reevaluated as it has been in the passed. Many believe Amnesty is a practical and just solution and should not be taken lightly. Granting Amnesty will be best for the U.S. economy and illegal immigrants. This review will also show it is time the United States government pass another Amnesty act similar to the IRCA (Immigration Reform and Control Act also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli act) passed in 1986. It will also reveal that some Americans are against illegalimmigration and want the government to end it. It also shows why Americans believe immigrants are getting a free ride.
Grant Amnesty or Punishment to illegal immigrants?
Legalizing undocumented workers will help alleviate some of the issues faced by the United States Government today. The legislative plan that would allow illegal aliens currently residing in the U.S. to apply for citizenship is called Amnesty. Amnesty should be granted because it’s a practical solution and should not be served as punishment towards immigrants. Granting Amnesty for the over 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States today will only boost the...
...IS ILLEGALIMMIGRATION BENEFICIAL 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...