US illegal immigration may be increasing, study shows
Pew study showed total number of undocumented migrants in the US edged up to 11.7m after dropping during the recession Associated Press in Washington
theguardian.com, Monday 23 September 2013 18.04 BST
After dropping during the economic recession, the number of migrants crossing the border illegally may be back on the rise. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters After dropping during the recession, the number of undocumented migrants crossing the border into the US appears to be on the rise again. The total number of migrants living in this country without papers edged up from 11.3m in 2009 to 11.7m last year, with those from countries other than Mexico at an apparent all-time high, according to a report released Monday by Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project. The change is within the margin of error for this survey, and there will be a more precise census measure released later this year. Still, based in part on other factors such as increased US border apprehensions, the sharp decline in illegal immigration from 2007-2009 has clearly bottomed out, with signs the numbers are now rising, Pew said. Pew said that among the six states with the largest numbers of undocumented migrants, only Texas had a consistent increase in illegal immigration from 2007 to 2011, due in part to its stronger economy. Its number was unchanged from 2011 to 2012. Two states – Florida and New Jersey – had an initial drop but then increases during the same 2007-2011 period. Three states – California, Illinois and New York – showed only declines. "As a whole, with the recession ending, the decrease in illegal immigration has stopped," said Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer at Pew. Analysts said it was hard to predict whether undocumented migrants could eventually exceed the record total of 12.2m in 2007. Continued modest increases are possible, but another increase like the one seen in the late 1990s and early 2000s...
...Higher Modern StudiesImmigration and the USA
Keir Lynch 5W1
Every year, 700,000 immigrants move to the United States of America in search of a better life with the hope of one day living the American Dream. It is not hard to see why the US is so appealing. As US citizen’s, immigrants can earn more and are protected with the rights of the constitution, they are less likely to be living in poverty and there are endless opportunities. Often, these pull factors exceed anything compared to what they would have in their native country. For example in Mexico roughly half of the population live on less than $5 a day. As a US citizen, you are protected by law with the national minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Some believe that immigrants are damaging to the US and are worried that in 2043, whites will be a minority in their own country.
In 1990, the USImmigration Act (IMMACT) became law. This increased the limit of legal immigrants moving to the US each year from 500,000 to 700,000 and has family reunification as its main priority. This is on top 50,000 diversity visas for immigrants from countries from which few were emigrating, as well as 40,000 permanent job-related workers to benefit the US economy and 65,000 temporary worker visas. The temporary worker visas are seen to be controversial due to over ½ of those...
...scheduled shifts, these guards are armed and ready to pull the trigger at anyone who tries to cross before them. This is clearly seen and defined by political leaders and government officials but goes undetected to those of us that have been granted citizenship in the United States. Many immigrants though face a much more difficult challenge, they often abandon what is familiar to them and say goodbye to their precious family members in order to reach new limits and provide better lives for their loved ones. They may be herded onto a crowed ship or must be forced to maneuver through underground tunnels in order to avoid the vicious guards. These are often very nice, respectable, individuals that only intend to work hard, earn a reasonable pay, and offer their families a safe environment where they can grow and prosper. Why must we threaten these individual’s rights to succeed and what can be done in order for the U.S. to forget about stereotypes and using stigmatizing behavior to allow what may be considered an underprivileged racial group the opportunity to advance ?
In order for some of these questions to be answered we must look closely at events that have taken place historically between the United States and Mexico. “The Immigration Act of 1917 curbed immigration of Eastern and Southern Europeans, a main source of labor in the industrial north. To ease the demand for labor, Mexican migrants were...
...What Are The Negatives of IllegalImmigration in The U.S.?
1.) What I already know (and don’t know) about my topic
I know that illegalimmigration is a big topic that is always talked about in the United States. I know that some people believe it is a big problem, but others don’t think it is a problem at all. I know that illegal aliens come to our county for many different reasons. Some of them include work, to get a better life, or to escape a dangerous homeland. These immigrants have to come to this country illegally because the process to come legally is long and they may never be granted citizenship. I know that them coming to our country is hurting our economy. They come here and get jobs that could be going to unemployed U.S. citizens, and since they aren’t citizens they don’t pay taxes that all true citizens have to pay. Also they send a lot of the money they make back to their homeland and it never goes back into the U.S. economy. I know that our government spends a lot of money hiring border patrol and buying equipment to help keep these illegal aliens from getting across the border, and the money that pays for this comes out of the legal citizens taxes. If these illegal immigrants come to our country and need medical care the hospitals are legally required to give them the medical care they need and hardworking American citizens pay for their care...
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...
...25 June 2013
IllegalImmigrationIllegalImmigration has been a problem for a very long time now in the United States. It has also been a very controversial subject for as long as I can remember. Illegalimmigration goes back hundreds and thousands of years. Living in such an anti-illegalimmigration state has been tough, there is always something about illegalimmigration laws going on, and politics talking about it and the saddest part families being separated, daily.
In 1882 President Chester A. Arthur banned all Chinese immigration to the United States. Shortly after that he banned prostitutes and criminals from coming into the US. He eventually ended up banning mentally ill as well. Although this only banned a small percentage of immigration, it began the distinctions between legal and illegalimmigration. Shortly, a period of time came when a big wave of illegal immigrants poured into the United States from 1881 to 1920 approximately 24 million illegal immigrants came into the United States from all over the world.
During this period a door was opened to illegal Mexicans coming into the US because employers liked their acceptance to low wages for labor. Employers wanted to take advantage of...
... Our country embraces diversity, yet one of the most controversial and debated topics in the United States is immigration. The founders of the United States were immigrants themselves, heroes that believed in equality and acceptance for all people. Immigration has and will always be a vital part of our nation’s diversity, economic stability, and rich culture. Although, in a post 9-11 world, should security trump diversity? Should we have to choose between being safe and being amiable? Currently we have one of the most relaxed systems of legal immigration in the world, letting in more immigrants than most other countries (Bowman). Much of our expansive border is unguarded, leaving us vulnerable to attack. Its opponents present illegalimmigration as a grave danger to the American way of life, while its supporters tout it as an opportunity for cultural diversity. The first modern immigration law, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, was passed in 1986. IRCA made it illegal to knowingly hire, or recruit, undocumented immigrants (immigrants who do not possess lawful work authorization)(Pawlick). It also required employers to attest to their employees' immigration status, and granted amnesty to undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided here for a long period (Pawlick).
...IllegalImmigrationIllegalimmigration is the major international economic issue facing the United States. An idiotic initiative towards protection might well change this, but our trade problems are of our own making. Illegalimmigration thrusts itself upon us, like it or not. The topic deserves formal treatment by economists, and this paper sketches out early steps toward that end. From 1820 to 1930, the United States received about 60% of the world's immigrants. Population expansion in developed areas of the world, improved methods of transportation, and U.S. desire to populate available space were all factors in this phenomenon. Through the 19th cent., the United States was in the midst of agricultural, then industrial, expansion.
The first permanent quota law was passed in 1924; it also provided for a national origins plan to be put into effect in 1929. In 1952, the Immigration and Nationality Act (the McCarran-Walter Act) was passed; while abolishing race as an overall barrier to immigration, it kept particular forms of national bias. The act was amended in 1965, abolishing the national origins quota. Despite overall limits, immigration to the United States has burgeoned since 1965, and the 1980s saw the highest level of new immigrants since the first decade of the 20th cent.
In 1986, Congress passed legislation that...
...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...