“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 entering and already here are natives of Mexico (Haerens 12). Innumerable masses of immigrants have illegally ventured into our lives, and camouflaged into communities. This trend is continuing today, but on an exceedingly immense scale. In order to thoroughly understand the illegal immigration disaster that is occurring, we must examine why and how it is happening, what problems it is causing, and what actions are being taken to prevent it.
Although Canada, like Mexico, is a bordering country of the United States, Canadian natives rarely enter American illegally. Canada has a well-functioning economy, and citizens have no reason to leave. Mexico, however, poses a greater threat to our nation. It is a difficult number to arrive at, but there are roughly 10 million – 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, and that number continues to grow by more than 400,000 every year (Hayworth 89). The majority of these immigrants are natives of Mexico, which is why Mexico natives are the primary focus when targeting illegal immigration issues.
There are numerous speculations as to why this mass illegal immigration is taking place. Simply put, most immigrants believe that life in Mexico does not compare to life in the United States. Mexicans endure a great deal of hardships in their homeland, such as low wages for excruciating labor, eminent unsanitary food and water, and disheveled houses. These are merely a few of the numerous afflictions they have to bear. For these and various other reasons, these immigrants desperately advance through the Mexican-American border in search for a better life.
The United States has an economy that flourishes well beyond that of Mexico. When illegal aliens come to America, they take part in higher wages, social benefit programs, and an overall more efficient lifestyle. Along with higher pay, a great deal also receive health benefits, welfare, and do not claim any taxes. However, some will still file for tax returns to pilfer more money.
People of Mexico go through a great deal of trouble just to enter our homeland. Risking their lives, they act on hope alone to get them through to the new land. For some, this hope is destroyed, and they are sent back to Mexico. For the others who make it through to the other side of the borderline, their hope is only elevated, and the risks they are willing to take become more daring, unethical, and dangerous – not only to themselves, but to our country as well.
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?...
...with a U.S. citizen and thought that once they married she would be granted legal citizenship. Her husband fully aware of her illegalimmigration 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 illegalimmigration 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...
Illegal ImmigrationAlbert Leos ENG/102June 23, 2013Susan Stewart |
The general public must understand the importance of illegalimmigration and how it affects our country. To have an affirmative path to citizenship is in the best interest of not only the American people but also our economy and our government. Once the Democratic and Republican parties agree on a more suitable solution for legal immigration status, the outcome will draw down the U.S. debt by more taxes paid to the government. There are 11.1 million and counting of foreign born who are not U.S. citizens. (Pew Research, 2011) Their immediate citizenship would add 1.4 trillion to the country economic growth.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans favor giving illegal immigrants in the country in this country an opportunity for legal status. 71 percent of Democrats are in support of an earned path to citizenship where only 53 percent of Republicans are. One of the options that drew the least support was the option with no path to citizenship, but a larger minority was 21 percent said that illegal immigrants should be identified and deported. (New York Times 2013: A: 17)
Most Americans said the Republicans party had been hurt in recent elections by its position on illegalimmigration. In the...
...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...
The United States has charmed immigrants from around the world. For generations, people sought after the protective wings of America as settlers, opportunists, pioneers, explorers, and missionaries legally and illegally. America was said to be the land of freedom, the land of opportunity and as the Declaration of Independence famously wrote a land of “certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” America has become a nation full of culture, a patchwork of people and a promise of hope for many. While so many illegal immigrants reap the benefits on American soil, America continues to strive for a balanced reform.
America has always been a nation of immigrants. From the early 1800’s, America was the land of opportunity for many settlers and with plenty of room for growth and immeasurable hopes to live a better life. Asian immigrants were scarce in the early 1800’s. In 1850, Chinese peasants flocked to California during the gold rush. The Chinese were suppressed by poverty and over population. They were like many other immigrants who intended to work hard, make a lot of money and return to their countries rich. These Chinese workers searching for a better life were used as cheap labor to work the gold mines and build the railway. Americans viewed the Chinese’s culture and mannerisms as inferior. American’s believed the Chinese were too different to...
...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...
...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...
...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...