A woman from Mexico named Maythe had no idea that when she crossed the border twice in the late 1900’s that it would have a severe impact on her life. She was a single mother with her young daughter in tow when she entered America illegally for a better future. She got caught twice with the border patrol in past years but eventually made her way in. Maythe got a minimum wage job at a Burger King, ended up falling in love with a U.S. citizen and thought that once they married she would be granted legal citizenship. Her husband fully aware of her illegal immigration status, decided to go underground with his new family, so they would not be separated for years if caught. After years of hiding from the law, Maythe was caught in 2010 for driving her vehicle too slowly and was handed directly over to Customs. With her American citizen husband of now 12 years and an American citizen child they share together, she thought they would have bigger problems on their hands then to send her back. She fought her case for months, eventually lost and was deported back to the country she fled all those years ago.
Maythe now lives in Tijuana, Mexico, alone, while her husband and children live in San Diego. She is banned from entering America for the next 20 years. Her family often takes the long drive, weekend after weekend, just to spend time with their wife and mother, to be a whole family again. Maythe knows without her family she will continue living a lonely life and wishes the illegal immigration laws in America would change (Amy Isackson).
With millions of illegal immigrants already here in the States and only a small portion of that amount are able to enter in legally, it’s no wonder they have such a massive effect on US citizens. It has been argued that illegal immigrants put strains on the economy of the country but they also have a major influence on the many political decisions that are made. Whether having them here is positive or negative, will always be a matter of debate. The terrorist attack of 11 September has brought on a new dimension to the debate surrounding illegal immigration, as politicians and scholars have called for increased controls of the flow of illegal immigrants as a matter of national security (Ramanujan Nadadur 1).
Illegal Immigration can be defined as not following the rules of a country by disregarding the laws of moving into that country the correct way. Many illegal immigrants border through land, water and air illegally. It can also mean when one’s visa expires and they decide not to leave the country, making it illegal for them to stay. Illegal immigrants come from all different countries to the United States but most are from Canada, Mexico, Africa and Europe. The effects vary on different degrees to the lives of the natives and also depends on social status and different interests. These can be some of the following.
A good portion of illegal immigrants engage in criminal activities which has led to increased crime rates. One of the biggest crimes associated with them coming to the United States is that they are bringing over drugs and once here, start dealing them. They have brought over drugs such as heroin, cocaine and marijuana. They have also been known to steal U.S. citizen’s identities, social security numbers and documents, to obtain legal work. Various reports have demonstrated that many of the country's lowest crime rates can be found in places with the highest immigration rates; that America's crime rate dropped radically between the mid-nineties and the early twenty-first century, just as immigration was booming; and that the incarceration rate of native-born men is higher than that of immigrants (Salamon, Jeff et al.). Exploitation and Trafficking
Not only do immigrants smuggle controlled substances into the United States, they also smuggle people. About fifty thousand into the United States a year, a lot of them...
...Immigration, whether legal or not, is a big issue right now in our country. The number of illegal immigrants in the US has been increasing tremendously over the years. According to immigration survey done by Center for Immigration Studies, the number of illegal immigrants in the US in 2009 was 11 million. My opinion on illegalimmigration is that we should offer full amnesty to allillegal immigrants and help them on the path to become citizens. The bill that the Senate is trying to pass, should be passed because it helps an illegal immigrant get a greencard and then eventually a green card.
Although illegal immigrants have broken the law, they have done so because they were driven to do so. Almost all of the emigrants that leave Mexico, had almost nothing to begin with. They lived in extreme poverty and without the proper necessities needed to survive. Many of the push factors include poverty, lack of education, corruption and a poor economy. Whereas, the US has many pull factors like stable government, better education, political freedom and many other types of freedoms. After coming to the United States, the lives of the illegal immigrants have improved tremendously. They get clean drinking water and they are able to provide for a better future for themselves and their children. We cannot take that away from them....
...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...
In the process of figuring out what I would like to write this paper on I can honestly say I have changed my topic about 5 times. Nothing I chose was significant or interested me enough to be able to research or even write about. I recently heard some news that a friend of mine since kindergarten was under investigation to be deported back to his birth country because he was driving with a suspended license. Even though he was only three years old when his parents brought him here and knows no other country as his home the fact that he made one mistake could affect his whole life. For the past years there has been a constant struggle and pressure being placed on the government to enforce harsher immigration laws and punishments on those who disobey them. Both republicans and democrats have certain views on it but nobody wants to do anything about it. Almost every day there are news reports on current political issues and exceptions on the fact that even though security has been increased, till this day the number of illegal immigrants living in this country keeps rising. Although most Americans seem to agree on the fact that they don’t want these so called “criminals” to reside on U.S. territory the political issues don’t seem to give them the benefit of the doubt in understanding the whole reasoning behind illegalimmigration.
Almost all of us can say we are children of immigrants. Either our great grandparents or grandparents came to America for a better life. We know that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are the symbols of that great dream that so many sought so many years ago. During a visit to Ellis Island last summer I learned that during the early 1900’s we encouraged immigration because it was a time when our country’s territory had grown and we needed more people to help with the continued development of our country. Today, however, we find that immigration is not seen as a positive for our country, but rather it is unquestionably considered a problem today in America. Immigration law is in the news a lot and immigration policy is a big topic discussed in congress; it is even a major issue for Obama’s administration. Some people in government believe that we should “close the door” and reduce the amount of people coming into our country; especially as it relates to the problems we have had with terrorist activities. But, I believe that the main problem with immigration is not the legal immigrants who come here following the rules, but rather it’s the illegal immigrants who sneak into our country over borders and then put a burden on our social services and do harm to our country.
So, what is the solution?...
...IllegalImmigrationImmigration is a subject matter that should be becoming a concern in the United States. There are three major issues concerning immigration, those illegal immigrants that come here illegally, those that cannot speak the language, and those who display their nation's flag, but take residency in the United States. In approaching these topics there is a sensitivity that should be shown to those coming to this country. The reason being is that this country was founded by those who were immigrants.
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...
...“A nation penetrated every year by some 300,000 illegal aliens…is not a nation experiencing ‘immigration.’ It is a nation experiencing invasion.” (Haerens 109). For centuries, our nation has been a safe haven for people of different cultures and nationalities to inhabit. Since the beginning of America as we know it, our society has been considered a “melting pot” for all ethical backgrounds. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, Europeans flocked to the “New World” in hopes of a more prosperous life. Since then, immigration to the United States has exponentially increased.
During the times of the California Gold Rush in the 1800’s, and Ellis island in the early 1900’s, an even larger mass of migrants bombarded into our country in hopes that they would strike a new life. Ellis island immigrants arrived in the United States legally, but this was not necessarily true in the West. Asians were one of the first groups of people to join in on the search for gold. People of Mexico were soon to follow, and large groups of them were looking for a quick way to get access to take part in the Rush. Illegally crossing the Mexican-American border was the quickest alternative.
As time has progressed, Mexicans have continued to migrate into America, even after the gold frenzy. However, great deals of them never obtained their citizenship before stepping foot onto our land. More than half of the illegal immigrants...
...IllegalImmigrationIllegalimmigration has been an ongoing problem for Americans. It refers to the entry of foreign citizens into a country without legal documents. In addition, illegalimmigration is the continuous stay of a person in a foreign county with an expired visa. Illegalimmigration has both pros and cons to any given country including the United States of America. The main merit of illegalimmigration is boosting of the economic growth and creating diversity in the economy. On the other hand, these uninvited guests result in excessive government spending, crimes in the country, risks of terrorism, and drug trafficking across the border into the country. This essay expounds both the negative and the positive impacts of illegalimmigration in America.
The United States economy has immensely increased thanks to the illegalimmigration that has brought in a large labor force. The employers hire illegal immigrants who are both skilled and unskilled; thus, economic productions prosper. Many economic sectors are able to get the number of employees required for any workload due to the presence of immigrants. The living standards of the families also improve due to better salaries than what they earned in their mother countries; an excellent...
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United States of America is considered the most powerful country in the universe, however ; it is a country that is far from perfection.
I consider that America economy is in an endless black whole with issues, such as, unemployment, budget cuts, violence, drugs trafficking, gun control laws, education budget cuts (insane), health care andIllegalimmigration.
The last issue mentioned in the previous paragraph “IllegalImmigration” memories from college when I took a class named, U.S History since 1877 .
When I took this class it was an eye opener experience, why? because I learned that this country was built from the bottom to the top by immigrants from Europe, China, Japan, Africa, Asia, Hispanics and many more. Consequently, Illegalimmigration is a subject that touches my heart in a special way. Why? because I am an immigrant myself.
Nowadays, there are millions of people who have an illegal status. I am not referring only to hispanics, I am referring to anybody that came to America to achieve the American Dream with a tourist VISA or illegally entered by crossing the border of our nation and stayed.
Even though I fully understand that still illegal to fool a government that gave a privilege of visiting...