The Decentralization Of Illegal Immigration In The United States

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This campaign season has cast a spotlight onto the unfavorable, and sometimes ugly aspect of immigration. While this topic is inherently political in nature, it can be agreed across all sides of the political spectrum that illegal immigration is a major issue and has been handled ineffectively within recent years. As immigration falls within the national sphere of our democracy, this in essence, leads to many inconsistencies between states regarding criminal charges brought against illegal immigrants. Also, by grouping the nation’s immigration policies under federal dictation, this inherently leads to many systematic flaws. The text highlights a few particular instances where the location of an illegal immigrant determines the person’s fate. San Francisco has been labeled as a ‘safe haven’ for undocumented immigrants, where as Arizona enforces the federal laws more vigorously. The loose and extreme enforcement of the national laws have been found to be unconstitutional.…show more content…
By decentralizing the issue from the federal level, it grants the people directly affected by illegal immigration – the citizens of the state, to select how the issue is managed within their local community. Individual states are all differently affected by immigration policies. For example, Oregon and Texas experience extremely different influxes of illegal immigrants. Why should the federal government use a blanket immigration policy to cover and protect states that have such opposing perspectives on this
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