Immigration in America: A Hot Topic, But Why?
Dr. Jessica Guire
July 1, 2008
The issue in America is a very hot topic and the majority of people seem to have an opinion on the matter. While people mainly focus on the issues of illegal immigration there are many immigrants that become legal permanent residents of this country every year. According to Jefferys, Monger (2008), in a publication written for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security titled U.S. Legal Permanent Residents 2007, 1,052,415 people became legal permanent residents of this country in 2007. Maybe the issue is not that immigrants come into this country, but rather how it is accomplished. Some people classify the issue as a humanitarian issue or rather a fiscal issue, some categorize it as a legal issue.
The first issue that needs to be examined is how people immigrate to this country. Is it an easy process, is there information? The United States government does have a division that is specific to this issue alone. This division is part of the Department of Homeland Security and is called U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The USCIS is responsible for providing information about the immigration process to immigrants that wish to become legal permanent residents.
The Services that the USCIS provide to immigrants ranges from flash cards to enable the practice of studying in immigrants before they take a citizenship examination to where legal advice can be obtained regarding the immigration service. This information is openly available to all people who wish to obtain legal resident status in this country. Yes, immigrants are subjected to rigorous testing before citizenship status can be obtained. The testing asks many questions that some native born American’s cannot answer but is this asking too much from a person trying to gain access to this country? Apparently not because within the last few years over a million people have gained legal residence to this country by taking the necessary steps to obtain it. Below is a table of figures gathered from the Department of Homeland Security, which detail how many people over the last three years have legally become residents of the United States.
|Legal Residence Flow from 2005-2007 | | |2005 |2006 |2007 | |Change in Status |383,955 |446,881 |431,368 | |New Arrivals |738,302 |819,248 |621,047 | |Total |1,122,257 |1,266,129 |1,052,415 |
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, computer linked applicant information management system (CLAIMS), legal immigrant data, Fiscal Years 2005 to 2007. Legal residence obtained 2005-2007
In addition to the table above I would like to examine where people come from that immigrate to this country. There is a large misconception of where immigrants come from, meaning where these people were born. Of the 1,052,415 people that became legal residents of this country 36.4% of them came from Asia and another 32.2% of them were born in North America, Jefferys, Monger (2008). That figure is more than two thirds the total immigrants that obtained legal citizenship status in this country. The chart below examines where the legalized residents come from. This is a substantial percentage of legalized immigrants. In addition to this fact it is also estimated that 14% of these people are born in Mexico. The misconception that surrounds immigrants is biased toward people of this nationality for the most part, but as the following graph details there are...
February 24, 2013
Economics on Immigration in America
There are many misconceptions about immigration in the United States. They need to be cleared up if the country wants to evolve and grow as a prospering nation that allows and invites new people, ideas, and opportunities. Many anti immigration reformists believe that immigrants would increase crime rates, take jobs and lower wages from native born citizens, and that they are generally an economic burden in America. In this informative essay I will address the error in false ideals on immigration and debunk them with substantial evidence.
In America, there is a false belief that immigrants increase the crime rate. This is wrong because a recent study by The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), proved that “Immigrants in California are far less likely than U.S-born Californians are to commit crime.” While people born outside of the country make up about thirty-five percent of California’s adult population they account for only seventeen percent of the adult prison population.
Another misconception is that immigrants take jobs from native-born citizens and lower their wages. Studies done by the Equal Rights Center (ERC), show that immigrants “contribute to job growth by taking jobs in labor-scarce...
...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...
...Format: MLAPages: 5SummaryThis paper is a study of the causes and effects that immigration has caused in the United States Of America, and how migration has centered around the countryThe search for food and new land has driven humans from one end to another end. With time, the need increased into the quest of knowledge and thirst of wisdom, eventually as the periods started to pass by, development started in some countries, and some countries were left far behind. This partial development of the world brought a new kind of movement, known as migration. Countries were jobs, are scarce, and there is not enough money to be made to fulfill dreams, and desire, have started losing their citizens to developed countries, legally and illegally. The United States of America is one such country, where people actually from all known parts of the world have emigrated, for a future full of hope and desire.
The United States of America is perhaps the only country in the world, which is based on the pillars of migration by citizens of other nations over the periods of time. The actual citizens were supposed to be of Red Indian origins, and their tribes were demolished by the British army during their conquests, and the Caucasian population today has their ancestral origins in Europeans invaders and travelers. These settlers then brought in slaves from other parts of the world, mainly then people from Africa, who were of health...
March 12, 2012
Dr. Kimberly Stanley
In the United States 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 AND AMERICA
HIS 203 American History to 1865
Instructor Eric Fox
May 28, 2012
This paper will examine how immigration has transformed America from her earliest days as a nation, how immigration policies, and views on immigration, have changed so drastically, and how immigration continues to affect and change our society today. Also explored will be the arrival of America’s earliest immigrants, how these immigrants were viewed and treated by Americans, and the immigration battle that continues today with the flood of illegal immigrants pouring into America every day seeking safe haven from drugs, tyranny, and poverty.
According to the federal government’s 2010 American Community Survey, “The United States remains a nation that people from around the globe hope to call home” (McClatchy-Tribune News, n.d.). Simply put, America has been a creation of a mixture of cultures, religions, and different ethnic groups, and the term melting pot still applies today. Immigration began years ago during America’s earliest days. People were traveling to America in the hope of a better life, free to live their lives without tyranny, violence, and poverty. Not all of those immigrants found what they had been promised to expect, and many returned to their home country if...
Immigration in America Today
Every year, hundreds of thousands of immigrants, legal and illegal, from across the Mexican border, come to the United States. These immigrants come because they want a chance at a better life. Many people believe the United States is the best place to go. There is more freedom, protection, and benefits, which seems like a good deal to immigrants. But the large number of immigration is affecting the current citizens of the United States. Taxpayers are forced to pay for the welfare and schooling for many of these immigrants, some who are illegal aliens. Some citizens blame crime, poverty, and overpopulation on immigration. The government has tried somewhat to restrict immigration but the laws are still too lenient. If nothing is done to stabilize the immigration to this country, what will become of population in the next decade? Immigration can become a serious problem to this country if the government does not produce stricter laws.
The government must restrict immigration laws because of overpopulation of the United States. Immigration has been affecting Americas population for over two hundred years now. Back in the 1800’s immigration was encouraged so that the New World could become prosperous. Today, some...
Professor Pauline Rodock
October 10, 2012
Illegal Immigration 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 illegal immigration in America.
In recent years America has experienced a record of illegal immigration 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 over stay they are considered illegal immigrants, the...