Is amnesty a good solution to illegal immigration?
Nathan Thornburgh, Senior Editor of TIME magazine, in a June 7, 2007 TIME article titled "The Case For Amnesty," wrote: "Amnesty has emerged as the pariah term of the immigration debate, disavowed even by those who believe in its goals. But what are the alternatives to letting illegals stay? Deporting millions? Devising other punishments? Doing nothing at all?... Whether you fine illegal aliens or stick them in English classes or make them say a hundred Hail Marys, at the end of the day, illegals would be allowed to stay and become citizens under this bill [S. 2611]. That's amnesty. And that's a good thing for America. Amnesty won't depress wages - globalization has already done that. Amnesty will not undermine the rule of law... It sounds counterintuitive, but with immigration, forgiving a crime may be the best way to restore law and order. Amnesty won't necessarily add to the social-services burden... Amnesty would offer millions... a fighting chance at self-sufficiency and social mobility." June 7, 2007 - Nathan Thornburgh
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John Kerry, JD, US Senator (D-MA) and 2004 presidential candidate, in a Sep. 4, 2003 Democratic primary debate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in response to the question "Would you support legalizing undocumented immigrants in this country?" stated: "Absolutely. I supported and was prepared to vote for amnesty from 1986. And it is essential to have immigration reform. Anyone who has been in this country for five or six years, who's paid their taxes, who has stayed out of trouble, ought to be able to translate into an American citizenship immediately, not waiting." Sep. 4, 2003 - John Kerry, JD
Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th. Governor of California, in a May 16, 2007 press release titled "Gov. Schwarzenegger Urges Congress to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Increase Border Security," available at the California Governor website, stated: "I am writing to urge Congress to act this year to pass comprehensive immigration reform. We must find a permanent solution to our broken immigration system, and I believe that this is our chance to restore America’s status as both a country of immigrants and a nation of laws. In California, we face a crisis not of our own making. The federal government’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation is a reality we live with everyday in our schools, workplaces and hospitals. We can no longer ignore this issue or try to solve the problem at the margins. We need federal action to better secure our national borders and to create a temporary worker program that will ensure that every person in our nation is documented. Congress must address the problem head-on by passing comprehensive legislation that secures our border, protects taxpayers and creates a forward-looking labor policy to meet the needs of our economy." May 16, 2007 - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Tom Head, Civil Liberties Guide at About.com, in an About.com - Civil Liberties section article titled "Why I Support Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants," (accessed Oct. 3, 2007), wrote: "Amnesty, combined with serious penalties for employers that hire undocumented workers in the future, is the only real way out of the situation we're currently in. It is the most decent option we have, and it is also the option most likely to secure the border and end the system of undocumented worker exploitation--which is precisely why our well-funded leaders in Washington have no intention of pursuing it. " Oct. 3, 2007 - Tom Head
April 28, 2013
The United States as a country faces challenges of weak economic growth and dramatic levels of projected growth in the federal debt. With Immigration Reform it can help the United States gain economic growth and production of goods. The historical experience of legalization under the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act states that comprehensive immigration reform would raise wages, create jobs, and generate additional tax revenue. Taking the experience of IRCA, it’s been estimated that comprehensive immigration reform would yield at least $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) over 10 years. Many economists believe that immigration reform provides a net benefit. It increases demand and productivity and helps drive innovation for all of us to benefit. Relaxed immigration rules could encourage one to start businesses, increase demand for housing, raise tax revenues and help reduce the budget deficit. The impacts of immigration reform suggest that it will have important economic growth to the country.
There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States., many of whom have lived and worked here for years. Bringing men and women out to the surface and providing earned citizenship will allow them to have...
...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 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...
Obama’s Immigration Reform
Northeast High School
What is my topic?
Why I chose it?
What do I already know about my topic?
What I expect to learn?
Definition of Immigration
Types of Immigration
The first habitants in United State were Immigrants
Immigration reform issues right now
Implements that reform needs to happen
Immigration outcome and implications for Americans and immigrants
Conclusion about Immigration reform
What I learned
Do you know that the number of illegal immigrants in the United States was estimated at 11.5 million in 2011 and now there are approximately 6.8 million more?
Obama believes we must fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill. For that reason he is proposing this Immigration Reform.
The reasons I chose this topic is because there are a lot of illegal immigrants that came to this country because in their counties do not exist a political decision that make their stay on their countries living a decent life that’s why they make them economic refugees.
I know like everyone that most immigrants in...
...What are President Obama’s plans for immigration reform? Will this immigration reform
positively OR negatively affect the U.S. economy? How?
February 11, 2013
Currently, 11 million illegal immigrants inhabit the United States. This number will continue to augment without proper regulation of these aliens. Ever since his first inauguration, it has been President Barack Obama’s mission to improve America’s mediocreimmigration system. Since Obama’s reelection for his second term, he has constantly stressed the fact that the new ideas for immigration reform are on the top of his list. Not only will these new reclaims help both the legal and illegal immigrants, and American citizens, but also they will benefit the US economy. It has been a controversial argument whether Obama’s reform ideas will either positively or negatively affect the US economy, but according to the bipartisan group of democrats and republicans, it is agreed that the positives greatly outweigh the negatives.
After the bipartisan meeting on January 28th, 2013, in which both parties’ principles were announced for comprehensive immigration reform (CNN Political Unit, CNN.com), Obama presented a speech on January 29th, 2013, which consisted of numerous solutions to the troubled immigration system presently used in the United States. This speech not only contained these ideas, but...
...their infancy when an assassin’s bullets struck him down November 22, 1963” (Understanding the American Promise). Kennedy died before he could fulfill the many promises he made to Americans of economic growth. The radio was the way Gloria and her family learned of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This was a major concern for her and her fellow Mexican immigrants because John F. Kennedy was an advocate to bettering the immigration systems. “While JFK’s right legacy is widely recognized, less attention has been paid to his record championing reform that ended an era of deeply discriminatory immigration laws” (Doris). President Kennedy had a power and great had a great vision for immigration that could change the face of America forever. She was in shock and in utter sadness when she learned of the news. The whole country could not believe what had happen. The Immigration Act of 1965 eliminated ancestry, race, or the national origin as a basis for immigrants. It created many fundamentals that still stand in today’s system for legal immigration into the United States.
Not speaking English and not having anyone to teach her made life harder for Gloria. The lack of understanding English kept her from having American friends. This made her feel very isolated and like she was in a “deep hole”. The feeling of being isolated was not a feeling Gloria was used to. It wasn’t until she was a little...
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...