Immigration reform is a topic that has been discussed heavily and heavily debated in congress for quite some time now. Which in hand those debates have led nowhere. All we keep doing is just putting a delay on immigration reform, and all that’s doing is wasting money, time, and lives as well. Lets talk about how much money we’ve estimated to spend since our last overhaul… $186.8 billion alone on immigration enforcement, but yet with all that money paying for immigration enforcement it still didn’t keep immigrants out of the United States nor did it convince them to leave. Even after all that money we’ve spent to make the enforcement better the numbers of unauthorized immigrants have tripled to more than 11 million. So no matter how much money we’re paying for the enforcement it wont stop illegal immigrants from crossing the boarder and trying to get into the United States, yeah it might make it harder for them but doesn’t mean they wont find a way of getting in.
Since the 1990’s our immigration enforcement budget has increased massively but has yet to prove any effective methods of deterring unauthorized immigration. Since 1993 when our current method of our border enforcement was first enforced along the Mexican/USA boarder, the annual budget was $363 million and now has increased to more than $3.5 billion. Each border enforcement agency has increased or doubled in money over the years, but still nothing has been done with the amount of illegal immigrants entering the United States.
Not only have we’ve been spending more money on our border enforcement but the amount of lives that have been lost due to immigration is outrageous, immigrants who have tried to cross the boarder but are unable to make it alive. According to the border police they have accounted 5,570 dead immigrants who have died trying to cross the border from the year 1998 up to 2012. It has been proven that most of the immigrants who have died trying to cross...
Public PolicyImmigrationPolicyImmigration is important to a nation’s growth and economy. As of 2012, U.S. immigrant population is 40.8 million, or 13% of total U.S. population (Nwosu, Batalova, Auclair, 2014). Between 2011 and 2012, foreign-born population in the US increased by 447,000, or 1.1% (Nwosu, Batalova, Auclair, 2014). 16% of the United States civilian labor force, or 25.7 million out of 157.6 million workers is made up of immigrants (Nwosu, Batalova, Auclair, 2014). The top 5 U.S. states for number of immigrants are California with 10.3 million, New York with 4.4 million, Texas with 4.3 million, Florida with 3.7 million, and New Jersey with 1.9 million (Nwosu, Batalova, Auclair, 2014). However, immigration is a controversial issue. Just like many issues, the Democrats and Republicans have apposing viewpoints when it comes to immigrationpolicy. The Democrats are pro-amnesty, while Republicans are anti-amnesty. In the United States, most of the illegal immigrants enter the country through the US/Mexico border. As of 2011, there are around 11,500,000 illegal immigrants in the United States (ProCon.org, 2013).
With this many illegal immigrants in the country, it causes problems. For example, it puts an economic burden on tax-paying citizens by taking away jobs from US citizens and giving some businesses unfair economic advantages. Since...
...Immigration: Liberty and Justice for All
There are many social problems making up our criminal justice system. The significant problem I chose to emphasize on is illegal immigration. Immigration is a major social problem in the criminal justice system because the laws or regulations are always changing, and some people are just not willing to accept change. As with anything, illegal immigration does have its consequences and does not always impact society in a positive manner, but in general, immigration is very important to the economy and diversity of the United States. Immigration has been responsible for religious changes, cultural change and population growth throughout the history of the United States. The political, economic, and social aspects of immigration have created much controversy in regards to religion, ethnicity, job growth, economic benefits, poverty, crime, moral values, and work habits.
Immigration is a highly debated and significant issue in our criminal justice system today. Immigration has several outcomes both good and bad. New immigrants bring our country diversity and introduce new customs, beliefs, and ways of life. Immigration also causes problems for some in our society who feel as if they are taking away jobs, criminally active and overall negatively impacting society. In the United States, we all...
...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...
...The Cons of President Barack Obama’s Immigration and Gun Control PoliciesImmigration
The United States of America was built by the immigration of people searching for freedom. People from all over the world wanted to come to the “land of the free”. “From 1860 to 1920, a total of nearly 30 million foreigners arrived in the United States. Over 400,000 immigrants arrived in 1870 alone, and this figure rose to over 700,000 in 1880 and thereafter. These new people transformed America and ignited sharp divisions over the character and impact of foreign immigration. Indeed, many of our current debates mirror arguments that have taken place since that time (Darrell M. West).” Many people are still attracted to the idea of coming to America in search of freedom and opportunity. The majority of those whom immigrate to the United States, do so legally. In 2011, according to The White House, “there are an estimated 10.8 million people living in the U.S. with no legal status (White House).” Currently, the estimated number of illegal immigrants is reported to have risen. The process to enter the country has evolved from the past which is probably why many people try to bypass the system in place because it can be a hassle. Also, the security and safety of the United States’ borders are a large concern of the immigration reform that is currently being proposed.
...Economics Term Paper
Should our immigration laws be changed?
Throughout history, there has been a constant increase in non-US citizens moving into the United States. This long process of becoming a citizen of the United States is called immigration. However, the US tends to accept more immigrants than other countries. There are different pros and cons to having an increase in immigration, which tend to be based on how these immigrants are affecting the US economy.
Before one becomes a citizen, one must get a visa, which allows him/her to enter a country with the possibility of changing their status to permanent residents or temporary workers. Then, one can get a Green Card, which is proof that you have permanent residential status. One now has the right to live and work in the US.
The immigration laws that our country has developed have evolved over time. The purpose of these laws is for the government to control the number of non-citizens who can be in the country. These laws can also deny one’s access to become a citizen, and they can also deport someone back to their home country.
The Immigration and Nationality Act contains the current immigration laws. This act covers the definition of who is a citizen and who isn’t; who, (from outside this country) can come in, how visas are administered, how immigrants are processed, and who can be deported. This act also covers what...
America has been known as the land of opportunity and makes it possible for anyone to live the American dream; however, nothing comes easy. As of now there are over eleven million illegal immigrants living in the United States with an estimated 1400 new illegal immigrants arriving daily (Katel 1). With so many immigrants currently taking resident in the United States, it is impossible to deport all of them. Although coming into this country illegally is wrong these immigrants are trying to make a better life for themselves. Contrary to belief illegal immigrants are a beneficial asset to America and should have the right to become legal citizens of the United States through the Pathway to Citizenship proposed by President Barack Obama.
Illegal immigrants flea their homeland and come to America to create a better life for them and their families. Most are forced to leave because of dangerous circumstances such as no work, famine, war or a radical government. Whatever the reason, illegals make an effort to establish a better life and therefore should not be denied by the United States. Maria and Juan Gomez from Mexico worked farmland from dawn till dusk, scavenging food from what little money they had. Maria and Juan left Mexico ten years ago and now reside in a Latino community outside Washington D.C. and are working laborious jobs to provide a better life for their son that typical Americans would not do. Juan charges unbeatable...
...Immigration Reform by Dawn Peck
Have we really become that selfish of a nation to just disregard the reasons immigrants migrate from their birth countries? So just because they were not born in this country, we should not be protective of their rights as human beings? How about the fact that society has even categorized these individuals with the label of immigrant, for me, we are not living up to the American standard of peace & equality for all. The current treatment of immigrants is very unjust, being that there are so many different obstacles set forth by both Federal and State enforcement agencies. I intend to unveil the political biases, discrepancies, and flaws of all schools of thought on the past and current proposed immigration reform. This country is in need of an immigration reform that will protect the individual rights of humanity while ensuring the safety, fairness and reasonableness of all parties, at all times.
The Federal Government is in turmoil regarding immigration reform. In an article written by the current President of the United States of America, President Obama states he believes in amnesty, that is to grant current immigrants who have not gone thru the legal process of becoming a citizen of our country, the right to stay here and be able to function as a legal American can. Protestors say this will not work because there is no true measure that can be taken to...
...The immigration experience as a Latino-American is as diverse as the manifold cultures that the pan-ethnic identity, Latino, aims to subsume. With regards to the immigration experience, Zavella (1991) lays an emphasis on the notion of social location. The difference among Latinos in American society is embedded in their “social location within the social structure”, in which identity, or one’s sense of self, is emergent from the intersected social spaces formed by class, race/ethnicity, gender, and culture. In order to gain a sufficient understanding of the identity of the Latino-American immigrant, it is necessary to consider the subjective conditions under which individual experiences have shaped behaviors and attitudes. Through examining social location, this essay aims to reveal the significance that an individual immigration experience has had in shaping a sense of self in relation to American culture. In this essay, I discuss his immigration process in light of themes such as Latino identity, assimilation, legal status, immigrant social network in reception context, and family obligations to demonstrate how Mr. Raya’s personal experiences have constructed his identity as a proud American. In particular, I will consider how these themes contribute to his relation to the Latino community, how an active effort to learn English and familiarize with legal boundaries constituted a sense of belonging, perspective roles...