The Pros And Cons Of US Immigration

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U.S Immigration Policy In 2014, the Department of Homeland Security- DHS, had found that around 4.24 million people (13.3% of the population) in the United States were immigrants. DHS had also found that around 11.5 million were actually illegal immigrants. Well, what does this mean, how does that affect us, and what can we do about it? Why is this topic so heavily debated in the United States? What are the benefits and disadvantages of it? In these paragraphs below you will learn the answer to these questions. First, immigration is the action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country. The benefits immigration has on the U.S include economic and demographic growth. During the 19th century, immigrants contributed to providing…show more content…
Immigration gives more opportunities for terrorists, drug dealers, and other criminals to enter the country, but to many Americans the most concerning is increased competition for job opportunities. Since immigrants are willing to work for little to nothing the pay wages and job opportunities are decreasing for hard working Americans. Another potential disadvantage on immigration is the cost that it places on government agencies and taxpayers. Immigration creates greater potential costs for Americans especially to support these types of immigrants -- old, poor, uneducated, and those with large families because each of them will need more care, like education or health care, which leads to more taxes on Americans. It also costs taxpayers more money to pay for the Department of Homeland Security (the DHS administers U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, to ensure that no immigrant represents a threat to the country). The DHS requires expenditures at several stages, including background checks, personal interviews and processing citizenship and naturalization testing for new immigrants. Those immigrants that are allowed in by DHS or by the 14th amendment also bring forth their own culture, language, and values that ultimately displaces American…show more content…
If the correct precautions are taken almost anyone from any country should be allowed into the United States. However, I believe that illegally entering the U.S is wrong. If the United States were to add more security and border patrol, many of the illegals would be stopped. I do not believe a fence or a wall would help in this case like many others do. Although this wall could potentially stop illegal transactions, and also people fleeing the law, but the “wall” would also prevent millions of tourists, workers, students, entrepreneurs traveling crossing the border everyday, resulting in a social and economic decline. I am not saying the America shouldn 't have borders (similar to the European Union) but that we need better actions to stop the people from entering illegally. I also believe that the amendment 14 should be changed or updated because the amendment was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the American Civil War. I believe that people from out of the country should have a right to have their kids here, but for those who are not legal citizens and do not hold a visa into the U.S should not be allowed to classify their child as a citizen. In addition I think these decisions should be dealt with by the state not the federal government. State actions were taken in California 1994 when
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