In writing a paper on immigration in America, the featured texts illuminate what problems have arisen and what measures can be taken to solve them. Illegal immigration, primarily from Mexico, has become an increasing problem since the early nineties. While immigration laws are set in place to stop this infiltration, authorities do not always act. America has become a feeder for emotionally injured people, or people seeking refuge from their own country. A high majority of illegal immigrants arrive in poverty and inevitably end up on welfare. The problem is not the arrival of these refugees; it is that they are illegally benefiting from America’s generosity. The following gives a general overview on the steps that can be put into place to help prevent this problem. Through an increase in border patrols, stricter repercussions for violations, and a set punishment for employers, America can regain its economy, job security, and health as a nation.
The Infiltration of America: Illegal Immigration Solutions
America has become the melting pot for the world. Written directly on the Statue of Liberty’s base states, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” What many fail to realize, though, is that the statement does not say, “Give me your tired and poor and let me use tax money to pay for their lives.” Many misread the quote as one of offering a life; instead it is one of offering a chance to make a life. America takes in anyone from anywhere. In America, being selective is a downfall; it will not discriminate against anything, even if that something is a parasite slowly draining the life force from a nation’s people. Illegal aliens manage to collect welfare, steal jobs, and increase the overall number of impoverished in whatever country they infiltrate. Immigration is good, illegal immigration hurts a nation. The number one offender of illegal immigration into the US is Mexico. Mexicans cross the border from a terrible life into the promise land, but return little of their profits back into the system. The problem lies not in the fact that they are here, but in the fact that the law has been broken and the damning effect on the nation’s people. In order to solve the problem of illegal immigration the United States government needs to tighten restrictions on those who employ undocumented immigrants, increase border patrols, and apply more severe penalties for those in violation. Employers exploit runaway aliens with the promise of low, but manageable, wages. The job economy is a crashing beast, as it has been from the beginning of time. Larger ones trample small businesses daily. However, a new trend has sparked; if the business employs an illegal alien at a low rate, the alien cannot say anything for fear of being deported. With the world economy collapsing “where there is a job waiting, people will cross the border” (Unknown). Employers themselves hold the blame for enticing the immigrants with guarantees of better lives. If a pregnant woman seeks asylum and is turned away she will “claw her way back to the US in search of a new beginning” (Maddali). Young women all over other countries face a horrible future of poverty and shame if they become pregnant. In America they have the promise of a job and a home, which is the most enticing of all. The promise land also includes payments for children, free good schooling, free books, huge public libraries; all things many families strive to experience. A tax-free job just solidifies the allure of America. Current repercussions for employers do not provide motivation to follow the law. The US congress seems more interested in arguing over more publicly accepted ideas than tackling the beast ahead of them; once the employers understand that employing illegal immigrants results in heavy penalties perhaps the calling for unethically cheap workers will cease. While current laws prohibiting the employment of non-citizens, or those...
Professor Pauline Rodock
October 10, 2012
IllegalImmigration in AmericaAmerica has always been a country of immigrants. Ever since the birth of this nation, waves of immigrants have come here in search of a happier life. America is known all over the world as a place where people can be free in so many different ways, a place where prosperity is possible for those who work hard and want a better life for their offspring. The dilemma is though, many of those pursuing the “American Dream” come here illegally, and thus breaking the laws of the very same country they want to live in, right from the beginning. This research exposes some facts about the so heated debate of illegalimmigration in America.
In recent years America has experienced a record of illegalimmigration without precedents. According to the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service) there are two classes of illegal immigrants. First class corresponds to “over-stayers”, and this refers to those people who at some point legally entered the United States under any kind of visa, and simply stayed once that document expired. Most of this “over-stayers” are foreigners who came to the United States with student visas, or who came here with tourist/business visas. Even though once they...
...IllegalImmigration: a Threat to America?
One of the most prevalent issues threatening the well being of the United States is illegalimmigration. Because illegalimmigration is a threat to national security the United States must stop the in-flow of illegal immigrants. The United Sates has tightened its security at airports ever since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Although the increased security at the U.S. borders has been slow to develop. Why increase security at airports and not at the borders? It is much easier to increase security at airports than it is to at the borders. The money and effort involved to secure the borders is largely different. It is a unique problem that requires an innovative solution. It is taking far longer to even begin to handle the security at the borders, although the United States is finally starting to make some headway. According to a report published on June 17, 2008 by a nonpartisan research group. “Criminal prosecutions of immigrants by federal authorities surged to a record high in March, as immigration cases accounted for the majority — 57 percent — of all new federal criminal cases brought nationwide that month. Skip to next paragraphImmigration cases also made up more than half of new federal prosecutions in February, reflecting a major emphasis on...
IllegalImmigration: Freedom for Some Is Hard To Achieve
The United States has long been a symbol of freedom and democracy, yet some people find it so hard to gain access and eventually citizenship. Immigration into the United States is not hard for most people, buying property, learning English, and gaining a green card. For others it can be hard, not having the money or the resources to enter the country legally is usually the main issue. People from Central and South America have their own problems that they wish to get away from; corruption and crime run rapid through many of their countries, and for some the only answer is to come to the United States. Nearly 3,300 attempt to find refuge in the United States illegally each day, but only 800 of those actually make it to “freedom” Obama has put immigration as his priority, but fails to take the reins on reform.
Over the past decade illegalimmigration from the southern United States has been growing at exponential rate, creating new and ever difficult problems. Congress has been attempting to solve this problem of illegal immigrants, but the U.S. conference of Catholic Bishops has begun to show an interest in the topic as well.
In a report released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on January 30th, they forecast that nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors from South and Central...
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Professor Carolina Simon
25 November 2013
America's Illegal Generation
Based on the United Nations Population Division, there are about forty-five million immigrants living in the United States today, which is four times more than there is in any other country in the world. As stated in the Homeland Security Office of Immigration stats, about 11.5 million of these immigrants are illegal and are under constant danger of getting deported along with the children they bring with them. The United States provides the children of these illegal immigrants a free public education from grade levels K-12. However it crushes any plans these young adults have to continue with a college education through the denial of financial aid. This blockade lends itself to hardship within the illegal immigrant community and breeds a hostel and discouraged immigrant youth. Giving the children of illegal immigrant’s financial backing to a university education will reinforce and improve American culture, upsurge the over-all production of the economy, and in the long run better the standard of living as American citizens.
Children of illegal immigrants can be extremely helpful to the overall health of the United States in many ways. These immigrants are eager to take a risk in this country of new found glory. They are individually...
...IllegalImmigrationImmigration is a subject matter that should be becoming a concern in the United States. There are three major issues concerning immigration, those illegal immigrants that come here illegally, those that cannot speak the language, and those who display their nation's flag, but take residency in the United States. In approaching these topics there is a sensitivity that should be shown to those coming to this country. The reason being is that this country was founded by those who were immigrants.
There should be some history given on immigration to understand how the country has dealt with immigration in the past. The first major immigration since our journey over to this country was the immigration of African Americans through the slave trade; 500,000 were brought over until up to the time of the American Revolution (Bergen). This is one of history's only forced immigrations. From 1830 to the year 1890 there were 7.5 million recorded illegal immigrants to this country from Europe and Asia. This was brought about by the large number of growing opportunities in the U.S. for those jobs that were unskilled, and low paying, which will be discuss later. The gold rush accounted for many of the Asian and Latin American immigrants. In 1907 Japanese immigration was limited and Chinese...
...IllegalImmigrationIllegalimmigration has been an ongoing problem for Americans. It refers to the entry of foreign citizens into a country without legal documents. In addition, illegalimmigration is the continuous stay of a person in a foreign county with an expired visa. Illegalimmigration has both pros and cons to any given country including the United States ofAmerica. The main merit of illegalimmigration is boosting of the economic growth and creating diversity in the economy. On the other hand, these uninvited guests result in excessive government spending, crimes in the country, risks of terrorism, and drug trafficking across the border into the country. This essay expounds both the negative and the positive impacts of illegalimmigration in America.
The United States economy has immensely increased thanks to the illegalimmigration that has brought in a large labor force. The employers hire illegal immigrants who are both skilled and unskilled; thus, economic productions prosper. Many economic sectors are able to get the number of employees required for any workload due to the presence of immigrants. The living standards of the families also improve due to better salaries than what they earned in their mother countries; an...
...IllegalImmigration: The Undocumented Issue
In this paper I will discuss one of the biggest issues in the United States: Illegal immigrants. Some may say that illegalimmigration has a positive impact on the United States’ economy, and some think that these undocumented immigrants affect jobs and wages of people that are living in this country. I think that illegal immigrants harm the United States’ economy through their use of our country’s social services such as health care, education and social security as well as in the job market. The essay will take a look at the kind of job illegal immigrants are holding, and how they affect the economy and native workers.
A majority of illegal immigrants are employed as construction workers, restaurant workers, farm workers, janitors, security guards, taxi drivers and child care services, and many Americans cannot compete with an illegal workforce in the country. Americans currently have to deal with unfair competition from undocumented foreign workers, who are willing to work for lower wages than documented workers. This is not normal capitalistic competition between companies, but it is an example of the unjust displacement of legal citizen workers by illegal workers who will keep wages low and Americans unemployed if this is allowed to continue. Some say that most...
...was signed, there has been a belief in the minds, and hearts of all Americans. This belief has taken people farther than they could ever imagine and has made America a place for everyone. This belief has turned people from rags to riches, and made America the most appealing country in the world. The “American dream” is the belief that has captivated this regal country. It’s a dream that gives everyone freedom, a freedom from oppression and a freedom to achieve anything, a liberty to live a wonderful life.
The United States is known as the land of free and home of the brave. Although many people in United States may take their rights and this land for granted, others living in need see America as a land where they can accomplish their dreams and fulfill their hopes. Nevertheless, many people from third-world countries travel illegally to the U.S. They come to this country looking for opportunities they don’t have in their own countries. It seems to be reasonable, but with countless illegal immigrants doing so every year, it is becoming a big problem. In fact, Illegalimmigration overpopulates the U.S. and creates Economic and social difficulties. But it also culturally diversifies the country and gives a chance for the most unprivileged of us.
Since the founding of James Town in 1607, immigrants have been coming to America. Some wanted freedom to worship, others searched for...