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Illegal Immigration: Freedom for Some Is Hard To Achieve

The United States has long been a symbol of freedom and democracy, yet some people find it so hard to gain access and eventually citizenship. Immigration into the United States is not hard for most people, buying property, learning English, and gaining a green card. For others it can be hard, not having the money or the resources to enter the country legally is usually the main issue. People from Central and South America have their own problems that they wish to get away from; corruption and crime run rapid through many of their countries, and for some the only answer is to come to the United States. Nearly 3,300 attempt to find refuge in the United States illegally each day, but only 800 of those actually make it to “freedom” Obama has put immigration as his priority, but fails to take the reins on reform. Over the past decade illegal immigration from the southern United States has been growing at exponential rate, creating new and ever difficult problems. Congress has been attempting to solve this problem of illegal immigrants, but the U.S. conference of Catholic Bishops has begun to show an interest in the topic as well.

In a report released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on January 30th, they forecast that nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors from South and Central America will be entering the United States this year from the southern border. This has escalated from less than 25,000 the year before, and an even larger leap from a decade ago of just 5,800. Many of the minors who are caught, are released to their relatives already within the United States, who in many cases are themselves illegal immigrants (Millman). Many critics of immigration see this as a way for more and more illegal immigrants to flow in to the United States without and worry of deportation. Sadly, to some, many of the minors who cross over the border illegally are mashed through a mix of government agencies all with the soul goal of supervising the children and teens before deporting them back to their home country. Even with this, some manage to find legal refuge within the United States.

While some American’s only see the UACs (unaccompanied children) as people who wish to find a better place to live and “steal” the jobs away from true American’s. They fail to see where the UACs came from, what hardships they faced before deciding to venture to the United States. “Data compiled by that agency show that 95% of what authorities refer to as UACs come from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, Central American republics” (Millman). Within all these countries crime has sky rocketed, they drug trade plays a major role in escalating the problem to it heightened level. The report from the Catholic bishops stated the main reasons why these UACs choose to come to the United States: poverty, opportunity for an education or the urge to join family members already residing within the United States. The absolute main reason for UACs for crossing into the United States would be the growing amount of crime and violence within their home countries. “According to a 2011 report by the United Nations, homicide rates increased -- in some cases more than doubling -- in five out of eight countries in Central America over the previous five years” (Millman). The breakdown of law and the blurred line of government and crime have and are causing many UACs to flee their home countries.

In one case a young girl attending high school in El Salvador was being harassed by gang member to join their group. She declined to join the gang, which lead to many death threats being sent to her and her family staying with her. Her grandmother, who was taking care of her at the time, contacted a relative living the Los Angeles area, who agreed to share the $6,000 it costs to transport her granddaughter (Millman). During her voyage to the United States she and the group of people that she was... Show More

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