Pragmatic Approach to Texas's Immigration
The Wall Street Journal's article Texas's Immigration Choices illustrates their agreement and support for Texas's Governor Rick Perry and his position on immigration and border state control. The author has stated, “We think Mr. Perry's positions reflect those of a border state executive taking a pragmatic approach to the economic realities of immigration.” Although Governor Perry's approach is just and has some practicality, it is not appropriately pragmatic and needs to be adjusted.
Approach of Practicality
In the issue of immigration, the author points out that additional security measures such as more fences or barriers will not solve the issue of illegal immigration. Although such measures have had some effect in restraining immigrants from passing our borders, illegal immigrants are still driven to enter illegally through the benefits of opportunity and desire for work. “In 2001, Texas passed the nation's first state law that allowed undocumented high school graduates to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.” Governor Perry's rationale behind this program is that “state residents are thought to be deserving of a subsidy because they pay sales taxes, property taxes and other fees to support state institutions that non-state residents don't pay. Especially in a state like Texas that has no income tax, illegal aliens are more likely to bear a larger share of the tax burden than their counterparts in most other states.” This reasoning is very logical and benefits the state and its residence as a whole, citizen or not.
According to the Pew Hispanic Center, “Most of the children of the illegal immigrants are U.S. Citizens by birth, but as of 2008 there 1.5 million children in the U.S. who are illegal.” Such a statement does not serve to be reliable, due to the fact that its data is from 3 years ago. It holds no weight nor validity in the present time. “The Supreme Court...
English Composition 1301
27 September 2014
Illegal Immigration into TexasImmigration is the action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country. Illegal immigration is regarded as the unlawful entry of any foreign national across another national border. It can also be referred to as the process whereby, foreigners gain entry into another national border in the ways that contravenes the immigration laws of the targeted country. The United States has forever been known as the land of the free, and the nation of opportunity. Over a million immigrants take up residency in the United States each year. However, not every immigrant comes into this country through legal procedure, and most of these illegal immigrants are poor and uneducated people. They might be brought here because of human trafficking, smuggling or other methods. The United States welfare system has difficulties supporting the huge numbers of immigrants coming into the country each year. A majority of the immigrants are from poor countries, and come to the United States looking for work. This is especially true of illegal immigration in Texas. Texas has many illegal immigration problems.
To begin, it is impossible to say exactly how many illegal immigrants are living in Texas precisely because no authority...
...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...
...“THE LONE STAR STATE”
Texas is the second largest state in the United States of America. It is commonly known as the Lone Star State. Texas has many great universities and professional sport teams. Texas has great American historical significance. Texas is also well known for its resources as well as its food and culture.
The state is 268,580 square miles not including surrounding water. With surrounding water, the state is 695,621 square miles. The estimate population according to 2011 US census, Texas has approximately 25,675,000 people. Texas is the second largest in population behind California and in front of New York. The majority race now in Texas is Hispanic. Texas was the fourth state in the US to become a non-white majority race state. The abbreviation for the state is TX. The capital is Austin and the largest city is Houston. The official state flag of Texas, called the Lone Star Flag, was adopted in 1845 when Texas became the 28th state of the United States. The Texas flag represents red for bravery, white for purity, and blue for loyalty. The white star started to be used in the 1830’s during the Texas and Mexico battles. The main rivers in the state are the Rio Grande, the Red River, and the Brazos River. The highest point in Texas is the Guadalupe Peak which stands 8,749...
Impacts at the State and Federal Levels
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Texas has a reputation throughout history of differing views from the federal government in laws and politics pertaining to social, fiscal, and educational issues. On the whole, Texas operates as a largely conservative state. Because of this, policy-making is often right wing. With the institution of a Democratic, liberal president, the State’s dissent from the Federal government has only increased over certain issues. One hot topic of the 2012 Presidential election was immigration. With the major increase in immigration, it is no surprise that the issue was so emphasized. Between 2000 and 2011 there was a 30 percent increase in the foreign-born population. The immigrant population grew from 31.1 million to 40.04 million. (americanprogress.org) Texas has a special interest in this subject due to the fact that they have a population of over 4 million immigrants. Texas is among the top three states with foreign born individuals living within its borders, giving the state a vested interest in the nation’s immigration policy. (Orrenius et al., 1)
Historically, Texas has differentiated from the National government in regards to immigration. One example is the Supreme Court case Plyer v. Doe. In 1975, the...
...Need for Immigration Reform
Many people in the United States do not realize how hard existence is for an illegal immigrant to live in the United States. Many illegal’s live in fear everyday, of not only being sent back to their country, but starting again from zero. For an illegal immigrant, being in the U.S. illegally is not something they pride themselves on, but it is their only option for a better life. According to a recent poll “Between 12 and 20 million illegal immigrants live in the United States” (usimmigrationsupport.com). Millions of people are impossible amount to get rid of but definitely a problem that should be addressed responsibly. Legalizing the status of immigrants in the United States would not only be beneficial to the immigrants (who came to the U.S. looking for a better life) but also to the United States as a whole; this country would have a greater opportunity to excel among the rest if we gave competent illegal immigrants an opportunity for success, which would only be accomplished through an immigration reform.
The immigration issue however is not a new issue in this country. As pointed out in the article “Immigration and U.S. history” this country was begun by just that, immigrants. The issue of Immigrants entering this country goes back to the colonial times, when the British settles or pilgrims came to the United States, in pursuit of gaining religious and civil liberties. Following the...
...3 million in only 10 years. Illegal immigration has been a problem in the United States dating back to the early 1980s. In the 1980s and still until today, the United States has seen a massive increase of illegal immigrants entering the United States. While most of these immigrants were from Latin America and Mexico, they were also from other parts of the world. Many illegal immigrants were crossing the unguarded border between the United States and Mexico. Border security has increased over they years, yet the rise of illegal immigrants coming into the United States is also increasing. Illegal immigration has become a very controversial topic of today’s society, and lawmakers and legislators have been debating the topic for a while now.
Their hasn’t been much reform from the federal government; however, many states have passed their own set of immigration laws. States such as Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Utah, and Indiana have developed their own state immigration laws. These laws are being reviewed by the Supreme Court of the United States and these decisions would be heard in the near future. In Arizona, if any police officer pulls over a immigrant who is suspicious of being illegal; that person has to present documents of being in the United States legally or faced with being detained and presented in front of an immigration court. Some kind of enforcement like this is also being...
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...
...The Heated Debate: Illegal Immigration
According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 11.3 million undocumented immigrants currently reside in the United States. Of this total, the top 3 countries the unauthorized immigrants derived from are El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. The nation is divided due to the variances in perspective of illegal immigration; whether you are for it or against it. Subsequently, the propaganda concerningimmigration reform continues to play a prevailing role in U.S. legislations as well. Former President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 in effort to end illegal immigration, however, the contrary happened. In other words, fraudulent settlers are inevitably going to find a way to reside in the U.S. despite the tighter border control. Which will beg the question of by what means does illegal immigration damage or benefit the U.S. economy?
To begin with, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the nation has failed to secure the borders from unlawful settlers. Nonetheless, many business and agricultural groups say migrant workers are needed to fill jobs unattractive to U.S. workers. A senior labor market analyst stated “Without immigration labor, it would almost certainly not be possible to produce the same volume of food in the country.” For example, North Carolina farmers in recent years have neglected to grow...