1. Briefly describe today's immigrants in terms of numbers, main source areas, and skills/education. About 40 million immigrants, more than half originating form Mexican, and a third have no high school diploma.
2. Identify and rank the five countries sending the largest numbers of immigrants to the U.S. Include numbers for the latest year available. Mexico 166,000, India 65,000, China 60,000, Philippines 53,000, and Vietnam 40,000.
3. What is the net economic impact on the U.S. of immigrant taxes and welfare benefits? The welfare benefits are around twenty thousand while the average yearly family income is just eleven thousand.
4. Briefly outline the main points of the Immigration Act of 1990 (IMMACT 90). What is the basic foundation of this act? The act increased the amount of legal immigrants permitted into the United States every year. This act also created a “lottery” program, which assigns visas arbitrarily. 5. What is meant by "preference levels" for immigration to the U.S.? Identify the preference levels. Do you believe such preferences are justified? Support your opinion. New immigrants that are immediate relatives of American citizens are allowed into the United States. This law bears no limit as to how many relatives can enter the US. Aside from this there is the “Family Preference System” that is also for admitting relatives but this system does have a limit. I feel that the system works the way it is supposed to and is therefore justified.
6. What were the basic reasons for the record-breaking immigration in 1990 and 1991? When did it level off? Are migration numbers to the U.S. smaller or larger today? Why/Why not?
The Immigration Act of 1990 limited the amount of visas that could be given for employment reasons and to family. Numerically, the amount of visas was limited to 270,000. Once 1994-95 came the immigration seemed to level off, most likely due to Proclamation 187. Today, our numbers of immigrants are much larger then...
...America offers great job opportunities and a healthy environment to live. Some of the reasons for leaving their homeland to become residents in America are: wealth, prosperity, hardship, poverty and family. Sometimes, their previous country they resided does not provide enough money to live. Nothing in the world is free and sometimes jobs are not so easy to get, especially with no education. Most immigrants live in poverty, and with no education, jobs do not come easily, making it hard to live in their country. America offers both, education and job opportunities. Now is the time for the government of the United States to considerately review and pass laws regarding immigration to this country and provide a modern, safe and reasonable system for immigration.
A reason why America is affected and objects to immigration, is the population, it brings cheap labor and it lowers America's living standards. A long time ago, America had room for immigrants and welcomed foreign visitors, until about ninety years ago that changed. Congress passed a law limiting the numbers of immigrants. Since 1908 migrant labor has been part of America all along, doing America’s dirty work. America, even though one of the strongest country, cannot survive without Immigrants. There are more than 10 million undocumented workers in the United States. Most of these illegal workers are concentrated in the south border from California trough Texas, although...
...Canada. The number of total immigrants must be brought down to around 130,000 – 150,000 a year. That way we give a chance for some skilled workers, refugees and others to enter Canada while saving jobs for Canadians. Of those 130,000 - 150,000 we will make sure that at least 80% (104,000 – 120,000) of these immigrants should skilled and educated workers that can benefit the Canadian economy and society. Others should be people who are desperately in need of a Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residence cards. Therefore making sure people in the country are served in the highest quality while still giving foreigners a chance to experience life in Canada.
Fact #1 Source:
"Be Humane With Genuine Refugees, But Do Not Put Up With Fraud." - Immigration Watch Canada. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 June 2012. .
Fact #2 (Write down another fact that you found that helps you to argue your specific political issue and helps to support your Party’s position on the political spectrum)
90,000 students come to study in Canada every year on a temporary residence visa or a study permit. These students must be able to prove that they can pay for their tuition, have a clean criminal record, be in good health, and leave the country once they are finished.
Comment on the above fact (make reference to your Party’s goals/political spectrum beliefs):
Everybody has a right to learn whether or not it is in Canada or not. As left winger we want to provide an equal chance for everyone...
...1.Should American encourage immigration?
Immigration policy affects all aspects of society. Regardless of status, immigrants have always played a central role in the life and growth of a nation.An Immigrant is a person who has citizenship in one country but who enters a different country to set up a permanent residence. Just entering another country does not make you an immigrant. In order to be an immigrant you must have citizenship in one country, and you must have gone to a different country with the specific intention of living there. Immigration to the US is highly competitive and, depending on an individual’s situation, can be a lengthy and complicated process. Immigration procedures and requirements are broadly divided into three categories: those attempting to immigrate on the basis of a family relationship, those attempting to immigrate for employment, and those entering the US for the purposes of study. Lawful immigration greatly benefits both America and the lawful immigrants, while unlawful immigration presents challenges to America’s ability to protect its borders and preserve its sovereignty.
Immigration has always been a formidable engine of economic and demographic growth for the United States.Many immigrants are natural entrepreneurs, establishing companies, creating jobs, and driving innovation. Well-educated and highly-trained foreign workers are inventive...
In this paper I will discuss how the United States needs a new immigration policy that is based less on wishful thinking and more on realism. Spending vast sums of money trying to enforce arbitrary numerical limits on immigration that bear no relationship to economic reality is a fool’s errand. We need flexible limits on immigration that rise and fall with U.S. labor demand, coupled with strict enforcement of tough wage and labor laws that protect all workers, regardless of where they were born. We need to respect the natural human desire for family reunification, while recognizing that even family-based immigrants are unlikely to come here if jobs are not available. And we need to create a pathway to legal status for unauthorized immigrants who pathway to legal status for unauthorized immigrants who are already here so that they can no longer be exploited by unscrupulous employers who hang the threat of deportation over their heads.
The dysfunction of the current U.S. immigration system is deeply rooted and broadly based. For decades, legal limits on both employment-based and family-based immigration to the United States have been determined largely by domestic political compromises that seldom bear any relationship to the labor needs of the U.S. economy or the social needs of the U.S. populace (Abowd,2007). Immigration remains...
ImmigrationImmigration! What is immigration? Immigration is the action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country. Is that not what has made America what it is today. In fact, there would be no America if not for immigration because everyone in the country is an immigrant or is directly descended from one. Even the oldest inhabitants, the Native Americans, emigrated from Asia. The rest of us come from all different places in the world. Countries such as England, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, China, Germany, and many others have all contributed to populate the United States. America is the land of the free, and a life full of opportunities for every American. The United States leads the world in its power and is seen by many as a way to escape the hardships of their countries. Would it be inhumane of a rich country to not help the other countries and people, who struggle in the world?
Take me for example I would not even be here if immigrates were not a loud over here. My dad is from Trinidad and was lively here on a temporary work visa. Now he has a green card which took him forever to get that card. immigrant to enter the United States, he or she must have a one to two-year processing time, a three hundred and ten dollar fee, and a ten page form stating their reasons for entering the U.S. Most immigrants do not want or can find time to go through...
April 18, 2015
The United States Is In Desperate Need Of An Immigration Reform
Illegal immigration into the United States has drastically increased throughout the twentieth century. There are millions of immigrants in our country who are currently living under the threat of deportation because of their undocumented status. The most considerable challenge for policymakers is distinguishing apparentimmigration problems from authentic problems. Congressional members have taken an approach that focuses exclusively on border security, which has not been successful thus far. If Congress continues to pass laws without taking into consideration the fundamental contradictions of existing state affairs, then the state affairs will not undergo any change. In order to achieve results, an immigration reform must be comprehensive. The United States of America needs an immigration system that recognizes the hardships and contributions of the people migrating to the U.S., keeps families together here in this country, and creates a rational process of citizenship for new Americans.
How we treat immigrants should reflect the values of fairness and equality that define the United States as a country. People come here for the promise of freedom and opportunity. However, immigrant workers are exploited and discriminated against. These so called “illegal aliens” happen to...
John M. Osterman
Problems of ImmigrationImmigration is a major problem facing in the United States today. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants come to this country every year. Some legally and others illegally. Some come due to their countries economic situation and try to enhance their family’s style of living. Others come to seek out the “American Dream”. Either way they are hurting the economy of the country and causing nationwide problems. Non-English speaking workers take jobs away from the American people because they will work for cheaper wages. Illegal immigrants receive welfare and health care and the money to fund this comes straight from us, the United States citizens. We need to do something about this problem before it gets too late.
As time has passed and millions of immigrants have entered this country the United States still maintains a welcoming attitude towards these people. Desperate to become part of the booming American culture, thousands upon thousands immigrants have begun entering this country every year illegally. Not knowing the laws set forth by the American government, these immigrants enter the country and unnoticeably camouflage themselves into our culture. With the influence of several factors such as large borders and unruly citizens who refuse to uphold the law, the government essentially allows these individuals to enter this country and cause some major problems such as,...
...Immigration, whether legal or not, is a big issue right now in our country. The number of illegal immigrants in the US has been increasing tremendously over the years. According to immigration survey done by Center for Immigration Studies, the number of illegal immigrants in the US in 2009 was 11 million. My opinion on illegal immigration is that we should offer full amnesty to all illegal immigrants and help them on the path to become citizens. The bill that the Senate is trying to pass, should be passed because it helps an illegal immigrant get a greencard and then eventually a green card.
Although illegal immigrants have broken the law, they have done so because they were driven to do so. Almost all of the emigrants that leave Mexico, had almost nothing to begin with. They lived in extreme poverty and without the proper necessities needed to survive. Many of the push factors include poverty, lack of education, corruption and a poor economy. Whereas, the US has many pull factors like stable government, better education, political freedom and many other types of freedoms. After coming to the United States, the lives of the illegal immigrants have improved tremendously. They get clean drinking water and they are able to provide for a better future for themselves and their children. We cannot take that away from them. After all we are all human beings.
Another thing is that contrary to popular belief illegal...