The immigration system in this country is broken. The process to enter this country legally is too lengthy and difficult, which is forcing large numbers of people to enter the country by illegal means.
Do you know what it’s like to want to start fresh? To pretend like what happened yesterday could be forgotten tomorrow? That is what the 11 million immigrants who currently live in America wanted, and what those who haven’t made it here yet only dream of. In order to give everyone the same opportunities to start a new life, we first need to be accepting of every person, documented or not. Undocumented residents should get a path to citizenship because families will be torn apart without it, because immigrants help improve the economy, and because this is a country of immigrants.
11.5 million immigrants come into the United States every year. 13.5% of United States population are migrants that leave everything behind and their family to get there, and only 28% of foreign immigrants from Mexico make it to the United States every year. Additionally 64.5% of hondurans are living in poverty, according to The Immigration Policy Institute. Sonia Nazario demonstrates how the matter of immigration affects family values, causes discriminacion and more drug use. Many cultures around the world have different ideas about all of these subjects. But some are stricter or looser than others. In “Enrique’s Journey” she conveys the story of Enrique, the main character. The author also shows how specifically Enrique and his family are
“The American story is a story of immigration. I would be the last person who would say immigrants are not important to America.”— Phil Graham, circa 1960. This quote may be from the mid-20th century, but it keeps its significance with the everlasting controversy on immigration and immigration laws. However, this is not the only time that the United States has experienced immigration controversies. Immigration laws have had an impact on the past, as the Chinese Exclusion Act and the National Origins Act are two out of hundreds of laws that were made to limit immigration. Currently, similar laws and actions are taking place with regards to a wall on the southern border of Mexico, and the exclusion of immigration from Middle East countries. With immigration laws playing a huge part in our present, and an even larger part in our past, future laws and disputes are inevitable, and will continue to be hotly contested in the US. However, immigration laws and the discrimination against immigrants needs to change. Immigrants provide this country with an immeasurable number of benefits, and limiting immigration will only leave the United States at a disadvantage to other countries. Immigration laws have also been very controversial about their morality and their actions can outrageously impact families lives forever. The future of immigration laws is unknown, but prohibiting immigration is not the answer the United States needs.
There is an estimate of 8.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, according to the Center for immigration studies. They come here because they want a better life for their family, but their presence has caused many problems for the citizens of this country. Moreover, immigration has always been an important issue in the story of the United States. Many undocumented immigrants are able to enter the country illegally. These people along with other citizens say that undocumented immigrants are good for the country as they help the economy by working for a minimum wage in jobs that many refuse to do. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, undocumented take into account 5% of all workers in the United States. In fact, illegal immigrants help lower prices for people to buy more goods which make them suppose that they are an advantage for the country. Undoubtedly, companies that have undocumented workers can increase
According to a study released last year by the Pew Hispanic Center, as of 2008, 11.9 million illegal immigrants lived in the United States, more than triple the 3.5 million who lived in the country in 1990 (Izumi). Immigration throughout the years has become a major issue in the U.S because of too many immigrants entering the country year after year. The U.S has come to a point whether they should deport the immigrants back to their country. Believe it or not, these immigrants are a big contribution to the U.S. If it wasn’t for them, the U.S economy wouldn’t be where it stands now. In recent discussions of whether immigrants should be deported, there has been sides where immigration would be good for our country and others disagree. Some believe that immigrants should be allowed to stay in our country, because they believe our economy wouldn’t be good without them and many businesses rely on immigrants working for them. On the other hand, the other side believe that immigrants are overpopulating the U.S and don’t have the money to support all of these immigrants (education/jobs.) Immigrants should be allowed to remain in the country because many families would be separated, they are already accustomed to the American society, and they contribute to the economy.
America has always been a very generous country when it has come to the topic of immigration, accepting more immigrants than any other nations in history. Due to all the opportunity and freedom, the U.S. is a hotspot for people searching for new lives. The U.S. has land and capital and all that is needed are workers, and the immigrants fill these spots by becoming farmers, miners, hunters, and other jobs. Immigration has made development in America possible and has helped shape society and culture. In the late 1800s, a tremendous surge of nearly 12 million immigrants came into the U.S., advancing our workforce, economy, and culture; if it weren’t for these immigrants and their impacts, America would not have achieved the power and success that it has today.
During the last decade, the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services), welcomed more than 6.6 million citizens into the country to become naturalized U.S citizens. Some benefits from being naturalized include: benefit of the country due to more diversity within, the privilege to vote for your leaders, financial aid, and reuniting families.
The United States is home of many diverse ethnicities that come here to live the American Dream. Although they are legal immigrants, white americans still treat them as a minority group. There is still racial bias here that is causing tensions between ethnic groups despite all the efforts to stop it.
Immigration has always been a major part of American history. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people travel to the United States in search of a better life. Of the 1.49 million immigrants who traveled to the United States in 2016, 150,400 immigrants were from Mexico. There have also been many people from Mexico who have immigrated illegally to America, with 5.6 million Mexican unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016. The large scale of immigration, both legal and illegal, has brought up issues such as national security and the U.S. economy. The U.S. Senate is struggling to find a viable solution; they can’t seem to come up with a plan on how to deal with immigration that appeases both sides of the political spectrum.
Our class reviewed immigration by those who use mostly illegal means, and how illegal immigration is currently being addressed. Still, nothing we have seen has given us a viable solution to the problems incurred by those who immigrate, the problems arising from those who detain, house, then deport immigrants, or what the United States can do to resolve the issue of illegal immigration. Implementation of National Identification Card, such as used in Germany can be an easy answer. Even though initial cost, implementation, and future maintenance may contribute to an already high national debt, federal reformation of current immigration law is in order. Federal regulation would provide a legal way for immigrants
The state of Immigration in the United States has effected the way that citizens interact with their governmental system. In the eyes of the majority, Immigration has put a huge strain on local economies, in the process of draining the Federal Reserve’s due to new immigration laws and reformations. While they are not completely right, they are also not completely wrong. In 2010, there were 39.9 million foreign born people in the United States; Forty four percent were naturalized citizens, 24 percent were legal permanent residents, 29 percent were unauthorized migrants and 3 percent were temporary legal residents (such as students or temporary workers) (Federation for American Reform 2013). Due to the substantial increase in immigration since
The United States of America, being a country founded by immigrants, is known all over the world as the land of great opportunities. People from all walks of life travelled across the globe, taking a chance to find a better life for them and their family. Over the years, the population of immigrants has grown immensely, resulting in the currently controversial issue of illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants are the people who have overstayed the time granted on their US, visa or those who have broken the federal law by crossing the border illegally. Matt O’Brien stated in his article “The government thinks that 10.8 million illegal immigrants lived in the country in January 2009, down from a peak of nearly 12 million in 2007.”(Para, 2) While some argue that illegal immigrants burden the United States of America and its economy, others believe that they have become essential and are an important part of the US, economy.
Between 2000 and 2011, the United States saw a thirty percent immigration population growth. The legal immigrant population has steadily rose over the eleven year period. While the unauthorized immigrant population has somewhat decreased over the period. In the periods first year 2000 the number of legal immigrants began at 31.1 million immigrants. While the unauthorized immigrants total was 8.4 million. By the next key year 2007 the legal jumped to 38 million and the unauthorized immigrants grew to 12 million. The period ended in 2011 with the total number of legal immigrants totaling 40.4 million immigrants and the number of unauthorized illegals dropped to 11.1 million. The period saw a raise of 9.3 million legal immigrants and an extra
Illegal immigrants come to America for a better life, and new opportunity to start all over again. However, politicians believe that having a border control will solve the drug problems and cartel war from getting worse. The border will not solve all the problems from having war, drugs, and terrorism coming into America. Should we find betters solutions to have more illegals come in legally; or should we just give citizenships to those that are consider “Grandfathered” and do not have a criminal record.