“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.
Should the United States change its Immigration Policy? This is the subject of todays debate. Resolved, that the united states should significantly change its immagration policy. In order to accuratly arue this subject we must first define our terms. Significantky; to be important or consequential. change; to alter or replace a current system. Immagration policy; a policy of a state or nation that deals with the transit of people across its borders.(1)
In times such as now, immigration policy is a topic of controversial and emotional discussion. The key in having educational, progressive, and prosperous conversations is understanding the theoretical foundations behind the argument that a person stands for or believes in. Having factual evidence to support ideas on concepts such as: the opportunities that immigrants bring to a country, what the international rules actually are that govern the entry and exit of people from one country to another, and the causes, trends, and consequences of international immigration. Finding reason and support for these claims can take the discussion behind immigration policy from one of heated and emotional argument to one of educational and beneficial conversation.
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America is a country with a history founded on people looking for a new start and emigrating from the old world to fulfill their dreams. Immigration is not always happiness, rags to riches, and the American dream. Major immigration periods happened from 1607, 1820-1870 and again in the early 1900’s. Immigrant numbers were growing so exponentially that the National origins Act of 1921 and 1924 was enacted to put a quota limit that blatantly discriminated against immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe. Immigrants that made it in faced many hardships such as learning new languages, abandoning family, and accepting the American values. But the perilous, extensive uprooting may not have been worth it in the long haul. While moving to America proved itself worthy for those escaping persecution and tyranny, it caused problems in the long run for others due to the isolation and poverty.
Why consider opposing viewpoints? "The only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject, is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion, and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind." - John Stuart Mill, British philosopher. The book Immigration Opposing Viewpoints discusses the Historical Debate: should immigration be restricted? Is immigration a problem for the U.S.? How can illegal immigration be controlled? Lastly, how should U.S. immigration policy be reformed? This purpose of the this book is to not change your opinion about immigration but rather inform of others opinions. “ Those who do not know their opponent’s arguments do not completely understand their own” (David L Bender, Publisher) So think of others perspectives, is it a problem for the U.S., can immigration be controlled?, immigration restriction, and how should U.S. immigration policy be reformed?
The 1965 Immigration Act, which resulted largely from the civil rights movement and Democratic Congress of the 1960s, played a vital role in the change in demographics of the United States (“History of U.S. Immigration Laws,” 2008). Replacing the existing system of assigning specific countries a limit on the number of people that could immigrate to the United States each year, the 1965 Immigration Act established quotas for each hemisphere: 170,000 immigrants a year for the Eastern Hemisphere and 120,000 a year for the Western Hemisphere (Hatton, 2015). Although the limit was expanded to 700,000 immigrants a year in 1990 and has been adjusted many times in the years since (“History of U.S. Immigration Laws,” 2008), the 1965 Immigration Act has been the most significant of all of the immigration reform legislation because it allowed more immigrants from individual countries to come to the U.S., a
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act -- or Senate Bill 744 -- was introduced into the United States Senate in April 2013 and since then, it has been a highly important significant bill for both immigrants and nonimmigrants alike. In June, it was passed and it then went on to the House of Representatives. Currently, no formal decision has been made on it, even though millions of undocumented and potential immigrants are waiting for its approval. If the act was passed, border security around the US would become tighter, but all the illegal immigrants currently in the country would have a chance at citizenship. While it would take over a decade after the bill is passed for them
People leave their countries and come to the United States to become citizens and find work to make a life for themselves. Granting them citizenship and legal status helps avoid losing their homes and being forced to go back where they came from. Immigration is a natural right, and if people want to come to the U.S. and start a life here, give them the opportunity to do so. Treating immigrants unfair and calling them “Illegal aliens” is offensive, causing racism to stir up. They are human beings trying to find a line of work and make a living for themselves. The letting immigrants stay can bring benefits to the economy, influence good values, and motivate others to chase after the American Dream.
angry debates in Congress, fueling tension in town hall meetings across the country, and even
In conclusion Immigration reform can go either way to helping immigrants and asylum seekers or placing further restrictions on their lives by even more punitive laws. The United States has faced a long issue on whether or not should they reform the current laws put in place in order for “Aliens” to be able to live here and become a citizen and get the American dream so many people have come to achieve. Immigration
‘’Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’’ These specific words are carved into the bottom of our country’s mother, the Statue of Liberty. A country built on such great words, only to forget about them later in its years. The immigration reform policy that President Barack Obama and the current administration have created is something that will give us the hope our founding fathers had so many years ago. The reform is an ethical and moral necessity that will help stabilize our nation’s southern borders, reduce the tension between specific ethnic groups, help those undocumented
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 article does not get in-depth with situations and circumstances in which immigration has changed specifically and impacted people. The article also does not explain events in which immigration and its laws have affected people and into specific events which involve immigrants. Immigration facts and statistic should be displayed and people should be able to see everything that actually goes on. Immigration laws should also be changed as times change because things do not stay the same. The world changes and people need to change and mold things to the modern
It’s said that we should not criminalize the undocumented immigrants. The Migration Policy Institute has estimated that 820,000 of the 11 million unauthorized have been convicted of a crime. About 300,000, of the 11 million undocumented, have committed felonies. Compared to the proportion of felons in the overall population, the ratio is only a half (3 percent) (Nazgol Ghandnoosh 2017). Though the undocumented immigrants may not be the criminal themselves, it still arouses serious social disorder through forming intricate environment. First, the region such as Mexico-U.S. border city is characterized by migration and mobility, with cross-border interactions common. For instance, Tijuana, Baja California, the northwestern-most city in Mexico