Immigration Concern in the United States
Kelli A. Smith
More than any other country the United States is a nation of immigrants. However, immigrants have not always been welcome and their arrivals have often been met with resentment and hostility. In this paper, I want to take a look at the history, immigration policy, the pro and con immigration laws and how immigration affects the economy. Americans are increasingly concerned about immigration. A growing number believe that immigrants are a burden to the country, taking jobs and housing and creating strains on the health care system. Many people also worry about the cultural impact of the expanding number of newcomers in the U.S. Yet the public remains largely divided in its views of the overall effect of immigration. Roughly as many believe that newcomers to the U.S. strengthen American society as say they threaten traditional American values, and over the longer term, positive views of Latin American immigrants, in particular, have improved dramatically. To live in America, then, is to live in the atmosphere of these immaterial standards and values, to possess them in one's own character, and to be possessed by them. This means to live in close, spontaneous, daily contact with genuine Americans. For the native-born American of American ancestry, as already stated, this is natural and automatic. What is it for the foreign immigrant? One thing that makes the United States different from any other country in the world is that all the people who live here are immigrants or descendants of immigrants. The reasons people emigrate from other countries is that the United States offers opportunity and a chance for growth and economic gain. In addition, many were driven by war, famine, economic hardship, persecution and environmental changes.
It reviews the history and patterns of immigration, the causes, and the demographics of new immigrants. Immigration policy and its implementation have played a vital role in the economic, demographic, political, and social evolution of the United States. Since the country's inception, media headlines and political debate have cried for immigration reform, specifically regarding the quantity and country of origin of entering immigrants. In recent years, population movements into and out of the United States have attracted increased scrutiny because immigration is reportedly linked to many social and economic problems. More then one million immigrants enter the Unites States, both legally and illegally every single year. Many argue that this new wave of mass immigration may help sustain the success that our nation is having in regard to the way of living that many American have come accustomed to and yet other believe that although out nation was created by immigrants it is time to “shut down” our borders. Laws passed regarding legal and illegal immigration are discussed, and the impact the immigrant population has on the labor force in the United States is examined. Until the late 19th century, immigration to the United States was unrestricted, and immigrants came freely from all parts of the world. However, the areas of the world contributing the largest share of immigrants have shifted during the course of America’s history. In the 1790s the largest numbers of immigrants came from Great Britain, Ireland, western and central Africa, and the Caribbean. A hundred years later, most immigrants came from southern, eastern, and central Europe. In 1996 they were most likely to come from Mexico, the Philippines, India, Vietnam, and China—indicating a recent increase in Asian immigration. Mexico is the single largest source of both legal and unauthorized migration to the United States. Mexico is also a transit country for third country nationals who are attempting to enter the United States, as well as a destination country for other migrants. Not all immigrants stay in the United States. Although 46...
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, politically...
...Illegal Immigration in the UnitedStates
Illegal Immigration 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 share of the funding needed to hire bilingual teachers, purchase...
...“Illegal Immigration in the UnitedStates.”
The UnitedStates was formed by the immigration of many people throughout the World. Legal immigration to the UnitedStates can easily be handled and welcomed by most Americans. Immigration has been around since the later half of the twentieth century.
Many of the first new immigrants to our country were young males working in agriculture or other low wage jobs. Over time the young men would make multiple trips to work, and absorbed knowledge and experience of the UnitedStates. With this experience and knowledge more of these illegal migrants decided to permanently reside in the UnitedStates. After the young men had settled, wives, children and relatives came soon after. (Nadadur 3)
People came in other ways too, Ellis Island, the New York portal for immigrants, opened in 1892 and became the nation’s premier immigration station. New arrivals were required to prove their identities, answer a series of questions, find a friend or relative who could vouch for them, and were scanned for physical ailments. When it ended operation in 1954, Ellis Island had processed over 12
million legal immigrants. However we have a growing problem of Illegal immigrants especially from mexico. Many americans think that this...
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.
America’s founding fathers...
Immigration is the movement of people into a different country in order to settle there. Immigration is made for many reasons, including temperature, breeding, economic, political, family re-unification, natural disaster, poverty or the wish to change one's surroundings. Immigration has been a serious topic. One theory of immigration distinguishes between Push and Pull. Push factors refer primarily the motive for immigration from the country of origin. In the case of economic migration usually labor migration, differences in wage rates are usual. If the value of wages in the new country surpasses the value of wages in one’s native country, he or she may choose to migrate as long as the costs are not too high. For some migrants, education is the primary pull fact.
Retirement migration from rich countries to lower-cost countries with better climate is a new type of international migration. Examples include immigration of retired British citizens to Spain or Italy and of retired Canadian citizens to the U.S. Non-economic push factors include persecution mostly religious reasons, frequent abuse, bullying, oppression, ethnic cleansing and even genocide, and risks to civilians during war. Political motives traditionally motivate refugee flows to escape dictatorship for instance.
Another serious reason for immigration is War;...
...testifying on a trail against the Fugitive State Law “Under the constitution… all the inhabitants of the UnitedStates are, without exception, persons, -persons, it may be, not free, persons, held to service… but still, persons,” (113). Some authors explain that Mr. Chase was making reference to The Bill of Rights where the word “person” is used numerous times but the word “citizen” is not mentioned once. This states, that a person living in the US should be accounted as a right-bearer regardless of citizenship status. This is the tumult of the present debate.
40 million (13% of the population) of foreign-born nationals are living in the US according to the US Census Bureau study published on May 2010 (Table 1). While the US Department of Homeland Security ( DHS) published a report stating “In summary, an estimated 11.5 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the UnitedStates in January 2011 compared to a revised 2010 estimate of 11.6 million.” This simple data demonstrates the challenges of the US immigration system, shedding a dim light to its problematic procedures and arising questions like, why are there 11.5 million people living in the US without documents of residency? How did they get here? Who is responsible for this?
11.5 million people roughly equals to 274 football fields. Taking this huge visualization of persons living among American citizens is...
...Immigration Issues in the UnitedStates of America
The UnitedStates of America (U.S.A) is a country that was founded on immigration. If a surplus of European immigrants would not have made the transatlantic voyage to America, the U.S.A. would more than likely be nonexistent. For centuries foreigners have been flocking to American soil, in search of a fresh start in a safe location. With so much turmoil and hostility going on in varied countries around the world, more foreigners are attempting to immigrate onto American soil. Now that the total population is rising significantly due to immigrants, a plethora of UnitedStates citizens are becoming outraged. If only American citizens would open their eyes to reality, they would discover that immigrants are actually benefiting the UnitedStates. Once they immigrate, a large percentage of foreigners do everything they can to be successful. Immigrants benefit the country by starting businesses, working jobs the typical American refuses to work, and bringing cultural diversity to the country. Some skeptics believe that foreigners are taking their jobs and raising the crime rate, but they those are wrong allegations. Immigration of foreigners into the U.S.A positively benefits the country in countless ways, instead of negatively affecting it.
The economy of the...
September, 14, 2012
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Effects on America…………………………………………………………………9
The New America…………………………………………………………………10
In this essay, I will concentrate my focus on U.S. immigration. The material to be discussed will include a shortened immigration timeline, important Acts of Congress regarding immigration, what is needed to become a U.S. citizen, important recognition of immigrant groups and their positive effect on America, and what the new 21st Century America is like concerning immigration. America’s immigration policies continue to change over time. Issues that frame such policies include the immigrant’s role in the labor...