Illegal Immigration In The United States: A Controversial Debate
Illegal immigration is an on-going issue, which is of much importance in the United States today. It has been overlooked for many years, however it has reached a point where it can no longer be ignored. Most of the illegal immigrants, 54% to be exact, come through the Mexican border. (Hayes 5) Since the early 1980’s, the number of illegal Mexican immigrants has risen at an incredible rate, causing the United States government to take action to create an even-handed solution that would be in the interest of both the illegal Mexicans and the citizens of the United States. This, however, has proven to be very difficult since it is still an issue today. The argument is that the illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from American workers, hurting the economy, destroying American culture and the way of life, and are responsible for a big part of crimes and drug trafficking. On the other side of the spectrum, many people believe that the illegal immigrants are noble people who cross the border for a chance at a better life, that they do not harm the countries economy, and that they do not deface America’s culture. The different opinions about illegal immigration is the source of all of the chaos, which is yet to be resolved. The real issue at hand is to focus on creating a reasonable and justified solution to this controversial and pressing debate that has divided the nation into pro-immigration and anti-immigration beliefs.
I have used many credible sources that have assisted me in writing this research paper. “Source Regions and Composition of Illegal Mexican Immigration to California”, is an international migration review written by Tim Dagodag. The article explains in full detail the regional problems and their relationship to illegal immigration from the Mexican border, it analyzes the regions from where the illegal immigrants came from and it scrutinizes the socio-economic aspect of the immigrants. It is a very strong and reliable source that has helped me acquire statistics about immigration as well as the anti-immigration point of view. Operation Gatekeeper, a book written by Joseph Nevins, has also aided me in anti-immigration points of view, as well as important information on the creation of the U.S.-Mexico border. “Securing Borders and Saving Lives” along with Immigration: A Civil Rights Issue for the Americas, were very essential sources for this research paper, providing me with the history, reforms, and laws that are associated with illegal aliens. Finally, the essay, “Seeing Mexican Immigration Clearly” by Douglas Massey, is a very good source that talks about pro-immigration points of view and analyzes them thoroughly.
Having lived in both Mexico and America, I am very well aware of both sides of the arguments, and have witnessed the frustration and controversy that goes along with the issue as a whole. It has been seen throughout history that neighboring countries always have immigration; it is a simple fact of life. It is because of this reason that the Mexican-American border will always flow with immigration. In the last couple of decades, the United States government has put a lot of effort into balancing the two sides and trying to solve the problems. These efforts have resulted in a number of laws, including Proposition 187, the 1996 Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act, and most recently the Secure Fence Act. Proposition 187 was passed in 1994 in the state of California, denying illegal immigrants the rights to social services such as health care and education. The reason it was voted into legislation was because many people thought it was unfair for illegal immigrants to receive the same benefits as U.S citizens. It only created more problems however, both for the government and the Mexican Immigrants. It did not solve the issue of immigration, and only brought pain and desperation to Mexican immigrants. The...
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The UnitedStates (US) has always been viewed as the land of opportunity because it is the only true free country in the world. This being the case people have been fighting their way into the country for decades. However, it is becoming more and more of a problem each decade that passes. With the UnitedStates border being so close to Mexico it is now seeing the highest population of illegal immigrants to date. The rising population is due to the lack of jobs in their country, poor pay and bad work environments. It has become the issue it has because the US is now having problems with high taxes, steep insurance costs and new laws. Even though the UnitedStates is a free country, immigration has changed over the years because of an increase in illegal immigrants, stricter laws and harsher penalties.
In the last few decades the UnitedStates has had to increase the taxes for their American citizens due to the increase in the illegal immigrant population. "Even with the national government pouring billions of dollars into the education of LEP students, state and local taxes provide the lion's...
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In this text I am going to write about illegalimmigration in UnitedStates. First I will talk about what illegalimmigration is and give you some facts about it in U.S. I will also discuss for and against illegalimmigration. I will give you some of mine point of view in the end. When you go to a country without permission and stay there for a long time, that´s illegalimmigration. Many of these people search for visa and as an answer they get no, but still they stay in the country anyway.
“Illegalimmigration to the UnitedStates refers to the act of foreign nationals violating U.S. immigration policies and national laws by entering or remaining in the UnitedStates without proper permission from the UnitedStates government.”1 An illegal immigrant is an alien (non-citizen) who has entered the UnitedStates without government permission or stayed her to long so the visa has expired.2
In 2009 62 % of illegal immigrants were from Mexico, 5 % from El Salvador, 4 % from Guatemala, 3 % from Honduras, 2 % from Philippines, 2 % from India, 2 % from Korea, 2 % from...
...The UnitedStatesIllegalImmigration Dilemma
Michael A. Clinton
Dr. Rufus Robinson
POL 300 Contemporary International Relations
September 3, 2010
The UnitedStates throughout its history has been built by the hard work and contributions of immigrants. Immigration has always been a vital part of the development of this nation from Colonial days until now; however, IllegalImmigrations has become an issue that is not just discussed by the politicians in Washington, DC and those Border States that are been affected most by it. The issue of IllegalImmigration over the last decade or so is now an issue that seems to be affecting more aspects of the Nation than most seem to be aware of. Illegalimmigration has the United facing a situation that it has not had to deal with in over two centuries.
The issue of illegalimmigration is poses several questions that need to be addressed; how did we get ourselves in the predicament that we are in? Was it the Government Policies and Laws that were or are not being enforced? Maybe, the lack of border security or could those employers who hire known illegal immigrants be the cause.
Another, topic that needs to be address when...
...feel the weight of the laws of this great nation regardless of who’s in power? This was my story of the way I got to the US illegally back in August 29, 1999. We boarded a Haitian Company airplane to come to the US; no one knew the outcome in advance because of the way the immigration process works. However, one thing we all had in mind, was to see the light of a different country, see different faces and hopefully find ways to stay. Once the airplane took off, words was already spread all over the office of Haiti air in Florida that the airplane left Haiti with more than 30 Haitian illegal on board. The first few 2 hours spent at the arrival office was like a discovery of a new world for every single illegal in that group. This was one of the darkest and the most memorable moment so far in all my 39 years living. Getting here at the end of the Clinton administration followed by an 8 years battle with the Immigration under the Bush-Ashcroft era, shaped my entire life forever and for the better. The different kind of treatment that I received along with the numerous denials that I have known throughout that ten years; from work permit to driver license, those moment helped me understand the pain of an illegal immigrant. Therefore, I have learned a valuable lesson and now I can pass this on to my kids so they’ll know how much pain I have to go through to finally stay here and built my life in this...
In the past few years, immigration has been a great debate in the UnitedStates. Many people strongly believe that there needs to be a stronger immigration reform. The UnitedStates truly does need to help fix the growing problem of illegalimmigration. Although many believe immigrants helped shape the country into what it is today, but today’s society is quite different from before. There are many reasons the UnitedStates needs stronger immigration laws. The reasons include preserving the English language, the safety of the U.S. citizens and the problems the illegal immigrants bring, the fact that they are taking away jobs and our job security is at risk, and not to mention the growing costs of providing for the immigrants and trying to secure the boarder with Mexico. The UnitedStates needs to reform the immigration laws.
Spanish is a growing language in the UnitedStates, and it can cause problems, not to mention the hassle. If a person is speaking Spanish, but is in an English environment, it can cause misunderstandings and complications. It’s hard to communicate to someone if they do not understand the language you are speaking. Teaching a person a language they are new to is difficult...
IllegalImmigration and the Welfare State
“We must end welfare state subsidies for illegal immigrants. Some illegal immigrants—certainly not all—receive housing subsidies, food stamps, free medical care, and other forms of welfare.” In this statement by Ron Paul, a Texas congressman, it is obvious that this subject needs a serious look into modifying our current guidelines. He alsostates, “Illegal immigrants place a tremendous strain on social entitlement programs. Under a proposed totalization agreement with Mexico, millions of illegal immigrants will qualify for Social Security and other programs-programs that already threaten financial ruin for America in the coming decades.”(1) They come here illegally, take our jobs, and undermine our welfare system. Illegal aliens should not be allowed the benefits our social welfare systems.
The immigrants that cross our borders illegally and work for low wages are depriving American citizens of the chance to seek the employment opportunities that are no longer available. Many of these immigrants work under the table and deprive the governments of the tax revenue they generate. In an article by Barbara Anderson of the American Chronicle, she states, “Low paid illegal aliens cannot feed their families on those wages any better than a...
March 12, 2012
Dr. Kimberly Stanley
In the UnitedStates of America, we live in a sea of opportunity. Many people come from other countries to live in America to explore those opportunities, but the laws governing immigration have failed to change with the ever-increasing immigrant population. We watch as Border States deal with the rising costs to support immigrants and wonder whether this was what the founding fathers had in mind when the first Immigration Laws were passed. We wonder about the effects on America’s economy as our immigrant population work in this country then send these U.S. dollars to their home country to support their families. We observe an ever-changing landscape continually affected by the legal and illegal immigrants who land in our great country. We contemplate whether America is the land of opportunity and the land of the free, or simply a place for immigrants to land and live for free. As citizens, it is not only our right, but also our duty, to question our leaders and our laws particularly when those laws no longer appear to fit America’s vision. Immigration laws have remained stagnant for far too long and, although immigrants were the founding fathers of our nation, it is time to examine America’s position before the social and economic costs become insurmountable.
Short Paper: Week Five
Saundra D. Hale
In the UnitedStates 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,...