Immigration: limited or unlimited?
On the subject of immigration, one student at J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia commented, "we make America more interesting" (Swerdlow 61). As true as these words are, the question of how much more interest should be allowed to cross our borders each year, and what exactly defines an American these days puzzle the already 281 million residents who find comfort in the freedoms of America. America is a land of immigrants, also referred to as the "melting pot of the world." However, the possibility that America's kettle is over-flowing concerns its citizens and some politicians.
Ideas for capping immigration have been voiced in the past, but have not been heard. While some will argue legal immigration should have no restrictions, most Americans will agree illegal immigration is indeed a problem. With some 6 million people living in America illegally, and only 46, 750 deportations last year, a solution must take hold soon (Zarembo 26). President George W. Bush has been working on a plan to reform immigration that could make millions of undocumented workers legal. Bush may only open the application for legal residency to Mexicans, but nothing will be final for at least another year. As a result of negotiations, mayhem has broken out on Capitol Hill, with politicians pulling fiercely on both sides. Some believe this will trigger more illegal immigrants to migrate to America, and in turn cost the already tax-paying citizens more money. On the other side, politicians believe it is about principle; accepting all people who are here, legal or illegal (Zarembo 25). The fact still remains--- America's population is growing rapidly each day, whether or not there is room, schools, or work for more immigrants.
Immigrants who have lived in America, legally, for years have views separate from politicians whom many have lived here all their lives. The incentive for many immigrants to flock to America is...
29 March 2015
Immigration: The good, the bad and the ugly.
Immigration is very important to me because it hits so close to home. Till this day I can remember the first time I found out how my dad came into America. I was an adult when he told me his whole illegal journey. I was so surprised, actually very proud of my dad and everything he went through to get here. See, the whole concept behindimmigration, they make it seem so bad but in actuality these people just want to make a better life. I’ve always understood immigration as coming into another country without valid documentation, and trying to hide from something back in their country. But it’s not, not anything close to that idea. Yes, coming into another country without valid documentation is bad but what are these people actually trying to do?
After spending some time researching immigration I came across a lot of opinions, some positive and some negative. Mostly negative comments but that’s what I already assumed before reading everyone’s point of view. When my dad told all the reasons why he came to America, it sounded so crazy to me. I remember thinking to myself, how someone could be so brave to leave everything behind because they have a simple plan. No money, no English and no actual place of destination. He told me his older brother always told him about how great it would be to live in...
November 4, 2014
Illegal immigration, a fervently debated issue in the United States, is defined as the migration of people across national borders, or the residence of foreign nationals in a country, in a way that is illegal according to the immigration laws of the destination country. Because the United States is such an attractive country, for it provides opportunity and prosperity, many people who live in less fortunate countries legally and illegally migrate to the United States. Illegal immigration causes a great ordeal, because many politicians and economists argue that illegal immigrants are an economic burden to the United States. On the other hand, some economists claim that illegal immigrants do not actually hurt the economy but they help it.
In the article “Illegal Aliens a Drain on U.S. Taxpayers, Report Says” Writer R. Cort Kirkwood argues that Illegal aliens are largely poor, uneducated and drain the welfare and public education systems, which causes a burden on the economy. Because most immigrants don’t have papers to work, they have to take jobs, which pay less then minimum wage causing them to live in poverty. Kirkwood writes,
“’according to the CIS (Center for Immigration Studies) …Illegals live in poverty at high rates because they earn much less money compared to Americans. The average household income for illegals is...
...Running head: Immigration
Which Way Home by Rebecca Cammisa, is a documentary that follows a group of children, between the ages 9 and 17. The children in the film are from Central America and are attempting to cross the Mexican border into America. The film demonstrates the struggling lives
that these children have in their native country, which is why they decided to migrate. On the
journey to America, they find out all the other dangers and different struggles they have to face,
questioning their decision of migrating. The documentary talks about the increased amounts of
children migrating alone to the United States. Under the program, Unaccompanied Child Immigrants, border patrol apprehends about 100,000 children trying to enter the US each year and
many of those children, sadly, are found dead. Children found either around or on the US-Mexican border, are either taken by American or Mexican patrol officers. Those apprehended are then
sent to either an American shelter or a Mexican shelter to await deportation.
The documentary focuses on two particular children, Kevin a 14 year old and Fito a 13
year old. Both are migrating from Honduras which is were the majority of unaccompanied children come from. These children have to travel 1, 450 miles, alone, just to get to the GuatemalanMexican border. Once in Mexico, these children have to travel for months, even a year to...
...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...
8 December 2012
High immigrant areas are not the only places being effected by the ever enlarging annual intake of both legal and illegal immigrants; the workplace is already harsh for the working poor in America as it is. The facts of the working poor life style are hard enough to understand but don’t compare to immigrant workers life style. This essay will discuss the financial and physical effects on the working poor and immigrants, and why immigration is doing more harm than good for our economy. I will put together a practical solution and express my feelings on the matters.
The educated article by Steven Camarota, “Does immigration harm the poor?”, has multiple statistical points over immigration that come from a sturdy research council called the NRC. Each year the United States admits between 700k and 900k legal immigrants; additionally, the Immigration and Naturalization Service estimates that 5 million illegal aliens now live in the country with 400k new illegal aliens settling annually (Camarota 1). Those numbers are relatively small compared to the overall population of the country but they still have a big effect. Six states—California, New York, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, and Illinois—which have only 38 percent of the nation's total population, account for three-fourths of the immigrant population (Camarota 18). What happens in...
...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...
...Immigration and Latin America
The immigration and Latin American Experience
Latin American migration toward the United States has become a phenomenon that is noticed in our daily life. Illegal Immigration issue is viewed from different standpoints and has long been described as being a critical phenomenon. Large number of immigrants in the US are illegally looking for better living conditions. Living condition in Latin American countries is very difficult and it is below the international standards, corruption makes it impossible for them to live without being oppressed by the higher authorities. The drug dealing, gangs and corruption have increased poverty in their countries, it has made the rich richer and the poor more poorer. This condition is the reason why so many immigrants have come to the US to look for to search for job oppurtinities and democracy that The US offer. They see in the US a country where the concept of democracy is respected, where people benefits from their basic right. The Latin Americans have gone through and are still going through difficult times trying to adjust and find their way out as they are illegal immigrants.
Shortly after it started, the number of illegal immigrants in the US has increased, Illegal immigration rapidly attracted the attention of Americans, Americans were not happy with this fast growing phenomena and the consequences that might lead to. Americans had...
On the brink of another historical election in our life time Immigration and presidential politics will play a major roll in who will become the next president of the United States of America. President Obama, and several GOP candidates all agree our immigration system is broken and in need of a overhaul. However, it is there different sentiment on immigration and how to fix the open invitation for illegal immigration into this country that leave these candidates at odds. How these candidates plan to handle these issue will have a serious effect on the polls in November. These particular issues in latest news have not been favorable topics for several GOP candidates. The population of the United States in recent decades have become more divers .
In 2010 with a growing population of 308,745,538 today non-Hispanic Whites constitute three quarters (231 million) of the country's population of 308 million people. The largest minority group is composed of 50 million Hispanics composing of 16.3 percent. The remaining population of the United States are African American, comprising about 13.6 percent of the total, or 42 million people, 14 million Asians, 5 million American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts and 1 million Pacific Islanders” (Census). Most studies of the relationship between demographic context and political behavior in the United States have focused on African Americans. However, in recent years there...