November 30th, 2012
The Immigration Debate
Today America is one of the most diverse countries in the world. But how did our country become this way? People who emigrated from different areas around the world immigrated to the United States and founded our nation. Even the people that would be considered "indigenous" to the U.S. had more then likely immigrated to the continent at some point in time. But today this is not the case, our nation has cut off the right for people to move here freely and we are also deporting people that have already made it here illegally. In my opinion this is wrong, the United States is supposed to be a country that was founded on the rights of an individual person, it is completely deceitful to reject citizenship to someone that wants to have it. Immigrants help to make us a stronger country; we need them for a variety of different reasons. According to Richard Rodriguez, “We will begin to see the immigrant as the figure who teaches us most about what it means to be an American. The immigrant, in mythic terms, travels from the outermost rind of America to the very center of American mythology. None of this, of course, can we admit to the Vietnamese immigrant who served us our breakfast at the hotel this morning. In another 40 years, we will be prepared to say to the Vietnamese immigrant that he, with his memory of tragedy, with his recognition of peerless freedoms, he fulfills the meaning of America.” (Blaxicans 104). And this meaning is that America is a land where there is freedom and an opportunity for prosperity and success. Immigrants want this same opportunity just like the rest of us do. Do we actually have valid reasons not to let them have it? I’m not sure about that, but I have reasons why they should be able to. As the members of the older generation start moving into retirement, we have a need for workers that the growth of the population isn’t filling. A lot...
...persons must have entered the country before the age of 16 and one also must be between the ages of 12-35 to qualify. This Act is meant to provide a solution to around two million undocumented immigrants of the 11.5 that are currently living in the US.
III. The Debate: An Economic Opportunity
Republicans have been reluctant to afford illegal aliens any type of relief regardless of the reasons they are here. As a New York Times editorial puts it, “Republican politicians have overwhelmingly embraced an approach to immigration reform that offers only misery, arrest and punishment to the undocumented”. (NY Times, Editorial) This hard line approach only baffles many considering how crucial a role the immigrationdebate has been in the recent presidential election and has left the Republican Party out of favor with many of the Latino voters. Republicans have made it extremely difficult to pass the DREAM Act, a reform that can help aid a very big problem in the US. They have provided some good arguments against the DREAM Act, such as how it would entice parents to bring their children here illegally. However, like in any debate, the bottom line is whether it is economically sound or not. After analyzing both sides of the debate, I have no reason to believe that it is not. The DREAM Act might actually be what our ailing economy needs. As a recent report by the Washington Post claimed that, “The...
...Parliamentary form of government is better
Good morning sir chairperson and members of jury. Friends, I want to ask if a man designated to wind a clock at 12 noon everyday does not do his job, is the clock to be changed or the man to be fired? What will change by switching to a presidential system? Corruption gone------ bureaucracy efficiency incarnate, ----------every MP and MLA a beacon of integrity, ---- no more caste, crime, violence? ----------Nothing will change, -----the same rats will make new holes in a new almirah, ------yes, sir, the same rats will make new holes. This is not about changing the rules of the game, but playing the game better. We need better people in politics, we need better politics.
The presidential system is quite flawed and is not suitable for a country like India --- which is the second most populous country----------and whose diversity ---------in terms of language, culture and religion ---------is immense. It has many demerits like: ------it encourages a 2-party system which may not represent the interests of all Indians. --------Voters would vote for a party based on the personality of the presidential candidate and not--------- on the ideology, -------President may be from one party, but the government may be from another party with a completely different ideology, which can lead to policy paralysis--------- if there is a clash of views.
I want to ask my friends are they not aware that in India, Dalits have been in...
...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...
...matters of U.S. immigration policy restrictions on the rights of non-citizens are consistent with democratic ideals.
According to US immigration law, immigrants are persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States. As we are only looking toward those lawfully admitted we must only look legal non-citizens and illegal immigrants can be excluded from the realm of the debate. Also as we are only looking to those seeking permanent residence we can exclude all tourists, and we can assume that those coming into the country have a desire to learn and assimilate into the culture.
Democratic ideals- to define democratic ideals in terms of America, we must look to what are the ideals that this country was founded upon. At the spark of the American Revolution colonists cried out against injustices such as the stamp act and other taxes. the primary argument was that Americans were not allowed a say in the taxes that they were given. No taxation without representation became their chant. They felt as if they needed justice. Thus we can conclude that democratic ideals revolve around according each individual his or her due.
I offer the following observations:
Observation1- The evaluative terms within the resolution are democratic ideals and restrictions on the rights of non-citizens. Thus we must look to not whether restrictions are good or bad, but rather we must simply look to consistency with democratic...
...Name: Trent C. Thurman
Course: HIST C175
Debates Over Immigration Restriction
The term immigration refers to moving from your native country and coming to a foreign land for the purpose of a permanent residence and searching for greener pastures. There are several arguments by scholars about immigration restrictions to the United States. They had several similarities supporting immigration restrictions. Prescott Hall, Robert Ward, Frank Wright, Frank Fetter and John Mitchell all argued supporting the immigration restrictions.
Immigrants from countries other than the United States came in plenty during the 1900s. They were strong and worked in industries during the industrialization era developing the United States at a very fast rate. The Native American saw that the immigrants were highly valuable and so encouraged more and more immigrants. This led to a high population increase and a growing economy. As this high influx of immigrants continued, some issues emerged. The immigrants didn’t bring change in political, social economic and educational matters. They were three times as illiterate as the native whites and those living in Massachusetts were twice as illiterate as the natives. They were very illiterate such that they didn’t see a reason for taking their children to school. Immigrant children were three times as criminals as native Americas. It forecasted...
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...
Immigration is a topic that has been argued many times in the United States. Many people support it while others believe that immigrants are criminals who commit the crime of entering the U.S. illegally. Roberto Rodriguez and Star Parker both use different styles of writing in “Border on our Backs” and “Se Habla Entitlement” respectively. Although Roberto Rodriguez uses a personal approach to convey his message, Star Parker’s method of using real life facts and details to support her opinion really pulls through and is therefore more convincing.
Roberto Rodriguez tries to use emotion to motivate and capture the reader’s attention to support his feelings for immigration but fails to back up any of his arguments with valid evidence. In “The Border on Our Backs” Rodriguez contends “We deny the nopal no longer. We know full well we’re not on foreign soil, but on Indian lands…..If anything we are back”(Rodriguez 560). Rodriguez states that Mexicans have always lived in America. This however is not true; the real occupants of the American land were the Native Americans and the Mayans and Incans before them. He makes this bold statement yet provides no solid evidence to prove that the Immigrants are in fact on their land and not on foreign land. This is very personal and makes it difficult for the reader to believe him without any evidence.
It is very clear that the author of “Border on Our Backs”...
...Why be bothered by immigrants?
Immigration is a heated and contemporary subject in America, both in the White House and among the Americans. Currently, 11 million immigrants have their home in the shadows in America trying hard not to get caught by authorities and deported back to their native land sometimes leaving their family behind. The problem is dividing the country, and the Arizona state has taken it as far as to creating a set of immigration laws applying within the state borders. There is no doubt, immigration changes a country, but is it for the better or the worse? Is it necessary to be bothered by immigrants?
The pros and cons on the immigration subject are many, especially for the States where only 0.16 % of the population consists of Native Americans1 leaving the remaining 99.84 % to be immigrants or descendants of those who immigrated earlier. America has a long history of immigration dating all the way back to the Vikings and the Italian born explorer Christopher Columbus in 1492. This has made America what it is today, a country with a population reaching 316 millions and in addition to that the 11 million undocumented immigrants. It is a country with great diversity regarding race, ethnicity, religion, culture etc. The consequences are numerous, and they come both with positive and negative perspectives.
One of the major advantages is the innovation of the country and...