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...
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...
Professor Pauline Rodock
October 10, 2012
IllegalImmigration in AmericaAmerica has always been a country of immigrants. Ever since the birth of this nation, waves of immigrants have come here in search of a happier life. America is known all over the world as a place where people can be free in so many different ways, a place where prosperity is possible for those who work hard and want a better life for their offspring. The dilemma is though, many of those pursuing the “American Dream” come here illegally, and thus breaking the laws of the very same country they want to live in, right from the beginning. This research exposes some facts about the so heated debate of illegalimmigration in America.
In recent years America has experienced a record of illegalimmigration without precedents. According to the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service) there are two classes of illegal immigrants. First class corresponds to “over-stayers”, and this refers to those people who at some point legally entered the United States under any kind of visa, and simply stayed once that document expired. Most of this “over-stayers” are foreigners who came to the United States with student visas, or who came here with tourist/business visas. Even though once they...
...risen by 3 million in only 10 years. Illegalimmigration has been a problem in the United States dating back to the early 1980s. In the 1980s and still until today, the United States has seen a massive increase of illegal immigrants entering the United States. While most of these immigrants were from Latin America and Mexico, they were also from other parts of the world. Many illegal immigrants were crossing the unguarded border between the United States and Mexico. Border security has increased over they years, yet the rise of illegal immigrants coming into the United States is also increasing. Illegalimmigration has become a very controversial topic of today’s society, and lawmakers and legislators have been debating the topic for a while now.
Their hasn’t been much reform from the federal government; however, many states have passed their own set of immigration laws. States such as Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Utah, and Indiana have developed their own state immigration laws. These laws are being reviewed by the Supreme Court of the United States and these decisions would be heard in the near future. In Arizona, if any police officer pulls over a immigrant who is suspicious of being illegal; that person has to present documents of being in the United States legally or faced with being detained and...
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.
As a start in my...
...IllegalImmigration: a Threat to America?
One of the most prevalent issues threatening the well being of the United States is illegalimmigration. Because illegalimmigration is a threat to national security the United States must stop the in-flow of illegal immigrants. The United Sates has tightened its security at airports ever since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Although the increased security at the U.S. borders has been slow to develop. Why increase security at airports and not at the borders? It is much easier to increase security at airports than it is to at the borders. The money and effort involved to secure the borders is largely different. It is a unique problem that requires an innovative solution. It is taking far longer to even begin to handle the security at the borders, although the United States is finally starting to make some headway. According to a report published on June 17, 2008 by a nonpartisan research group. “Criminal prosecutions of immigrants by federal authorities surged to a record high in March, as immigration cases accounted for the majority — 57 percent — of all new federal criminal cases brought nationwide that month. Skip to next paragraphImmigration cases also made up more than half of new federal prosecutions in February, reflecting a major emphasis on immigration by the Bush...
...In writing a paper on immigration in America, the featured texts illuminate what problems have arisen and what measures can be taken to solve them. Illegalimmigration, primarily from Mexico, has become an increasing problem since the early nineties. While immigration laws are set in place to stop this infiltration, authorities do not always act. America has become a feeder for emotionally injured people, or people seeking refuge from their own country. A high majority of illegal immigrants arrive in poverty and inevitably end up on welfare. The problem is not the arrival of these refugees; it is that they are illegally benefiting from America’s generosity. The following gives a general overview on the steps that can be put into place to help prevent this problem. Through an increase in border patrols, stricter repercussions for violations, and a set punishment for employers, America can regain its economy, job security, and health as a nation.
The Infiltration of America: IllegalImmigration Solutions
America has become the melting pot for the world. Written directly on the Statue of Liberty’s base states, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” What many fail to realize, though, is that the statement does not say, “Give me your tired and poor and let me...
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Professor Carolina Simon
25 November 2013
America's Illegal Generation
Based on the United Nations Population Division, there are about forty-five million immigrants living in the United States today, which is four times more than there is in any other country in the world. As stated in the Homeland Security Office of Immigration stats, about 11.5 million of these immigrants are illegal and are under constant danger of getting deported along with the children they bring with them. The United States provides the children of these illegal immigrants a free public education from grade levels K-12. However it crushes any plans these young adults have to continue with a college education through the denial of financial aid. This blockade lends itself to hardship within the illegal immigrant community and breeds a hostel and discouraged immigrant youth. Giving the children of illegal immigrant’s financial backing to a university education will reinforce and improve American culture, upsurge the over-all production of the economy, and in the long run better the standard of living as American citizens.
Children of illegal immigrants can be extremely helpful to the overall health of the United States in many ways. These immigrants are eager to take a risk in this country of new found glory. They are individually...
In the United States, there are over 40 million immigrants, both legal and unauthorized (Auclair, Batalova, Nwosu 1). Of that 40 million, an estimated 11 million immigrants are not authorized to be in the country (Krogsadt, Passel 1). In recent news, there has been quite the debate over whether or not there should be amnesty or citizenship offered to some or all of the undocumented citizens in America. I have a personal attachment to the subject. I believe there should be a clear and easy pathway to citizenship for immigrants with some restrictions. I support this idea because they provide for older generations, younger generations, and fill jobs Americans will not take.
First, the term ‘illegal immigrant’ is politically inaccurate. As Garcia points out in his article, the term ‘illegal immigrant’ was first used by the British to describe Jews fleeing from Nazi Germany in the 1930’s and 40’s. As Garcia also quotes Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, “No human being is illegal.” Garcia shows in his article that Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote for the majority on a case about using the terms ‘illegal immigrant’, ‘illegal alien’, or ‘illegal’, was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and three other justices in this case. In the case SB 1070, a case regarding Arizona’s immigration...