Illegal Immigration: The Story Behind Amnesty|
Has Amnesty Changed through the Years?|
PAD 510 Dr. Mustafa Abdelwahid|
Lachera S. Huntley|
Although thousands of immigrants come to the United States Illegally, most of them are in this country for the jobs that Americans will not do. That is why so many illegal immigrants come to the United States. However, everyone that breaks the Immigration Law should be punished, even if they are not citizens of the country. According to Perez (2001), “In 1986 Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act that, among other things, granted amnesty to illegal immigrants who could demonstrate continual residence in the United States prior to 1982” (Perez, 2001). Because of this law, millions of illegal immigrants can use this act to become citizens of the United States. Because of this law, millions of illegal immigrants can use this act to become citizens of the United States. Doing this historical perspective of time so many immigrants were coming to the United State. The people of this country was trying to find a way to keep the immigrants and employers from hiring illegal immigrants, so they came up with the passing of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 when Ronald Reagan was in office. |
According to Mirram-Webster (2012), “amnesty means that the act of an authority (as a government) by which pardon is granted to a large group of individuals” (Mirram-Webster, 2012). Therefore, amnesty is unfair and unconstitutional because all of the illegal immigrants that come into the United States are pardon after they have violated the laws in this country. Why do we continue to allow these illegal immigrants to go unpunished is the question that the government where asking themselves while debating on the amnesty law. If it were some of the U.S. citizens breaking this law they would not be granted amnesty; they would be treated differently, so why illegal immigrants should be pardoned? Robert Byrd (2001), a West Virginia senator, says, “Illegal immigrants who have worked for many years in the United States should not be granted amnesty” (Byrd, 2001). Illegal immigrants who work in the United States should be punished because they do not have green cards or permission from the United States to come to America. Although amnesty is an approved law, many peoples do not agree with this law. On the other hand, some Americans believe that there should be certain requirements for the Amnesty Act. According to the Chicago Tribune (2001), “Amnesty ought to be a privilege. It would be earned by those who can demonstrate that they have lived in the U.S. a certain number of years, have a stake in their communities, hold jobs and are able to support their families and do not have a criminal record” (Chicago Tribune, 2001). If the United States allows the illegal immigrants to become citizens, then they will send for family members, causing more illegal immigrants to invade the United States. Therefore, the Amnesty Act should not be a part of the United States regulations.
In addition to amnesty being unconstitutional and unfair, the act signals to the illegal immigrants and everyone in the United States that is acceptable to break the laws in this country. “The Obama Administration will drop immigration proceedings against known immigration lawbreakers, including thousands already in immigration courts” (Edward, 2011). In a sense, I believe that everyone deserves a second chance but it is unfair for the U.S. to keep allowing people to come to the U.S. illegally. Receipt of "deferred action" or some other form of "prosecutorial discretion" will allow illegal aliens to remain in the country and pursue a valid work authorization permit”. Many people favor illegal immigration because they believe the immigrants keep the United States economy running; as a result, all illegal immigrants should be deported because they have broken the Immigration Laws. Byrd...
...For many years, Immigration restrictions have been a major social issue that affects the UnitedStates in so many ways. This review argues against U.S. immigration restrictions. The U.S. stance on immigration policies will need to be reevaluated as it has been in the passed. Many believe Amnesty is a practical and just solution and should not be taken lightly. Granting Amnesty will be best for the U.S. economy and illegal immigrants. This review will also show it is time the UnitedStates government pass another Amnestyact similar to the IRCA (Immigration Reform and Control Act also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli act) passed in 1986. It will also reveal that some Americans are against illegalimmigration and want the government to end it. It also shows why Americans believe immigrants are getting a free ride.
Grant Amnesty or Punishment to illegal immigrants?
Legalizing undocumented workers will help alleviate some of the issues faced by the UnitedStates Government today. The legislative plan that would allow illegal aliens currently residing in the U.S. to apply for citizenship is called Amnesty. Amnesty should be granted because it’s...
...Illegalimmigration in UnitedStates
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...
...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...
...IllegalImmigration in the UnitedStatesIllegalImmigration in the UnitedStates
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...
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...
...IllegalImmigration into the UnitedStates
One of the most controversial political issues is illegalimmigration from Mexico. Somewhat overlooked until September 11, illegalimmigration became a hot button issue after these events because of the easy access for terrorists to come into the UnitedStates. Illegalimmigration into the UnitedStates is a problem that needs to be stopped, because it is unfair to both Americans and to the people of the country that they come from. The majority of the illegal immigrants in the US are from Mexico (Marek, 30). Roy Beck, a former journalist and frequent speaker on population and immigration issues, says "The national consensus is that the UnitedStates should be a post-mass immigration country that has included most leaders of business, religion, labor, academia, and social work." ("IllegalImmigration", 12) Illegalimmigration from Mexico must be stopped, because the effects on both Mexico and the UnitedStates are mostly unfavorable.
First, there have already been many policies and ways of preventing illegal immigrants from entering the U.S. that could be strictly...
...IllegalImmigration In The UnitedStates: A Controversial Debate
Illegalimmigration is an on-going issue, which is of much importance in the UnitedStates 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 UnitedStates 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 UnitedStates. 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...
...ImmigrationImmigration policies and immigrants was a major issue in the American Society. The ImmigrationAct of 1990 raised the amount of immigrants that were allowed in the UnitedStates. Each year the number of immigrants that come to the UnitedStates were known to be very skillful and talented workers. They could have improved the American Society. Immigrants often traveled with their families. Many of the Immigrants that came to the UnitedStates came for a better life and to have more opportunities. The ImmigrationAct of 1990 also allowed no limit on the amount of visas that a family could have. Because of this 71 percent of immigration visas were going to residents. A law was also formed on how immigrants could get deported. The amout of deportations also increased as the years went on. People were concerned that the laws being passed gave immigration to much power. They get o make to much decisions. In 2012, the DREAM Act was created. It was created based upon immigrants, educators, and business leaders.
Many people were against the DREAM Act, many people were for it, and their were those who were between it. The DREAM Act was able legalize the undocumented minors that entered the country. The meaning of the DREAM...