Citizenship For The 12 Million Illegal Immigrants

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The statement that, “our nation interests require a path to citizenship for the 12 million illegal immigrants presently here,” is highly controversial. Immigration was the foundation of the United States and the U.S. still welcomes 1 million new citizen every year. However, the issue is not the amount of immigrants coming into the U.S., but the half a million that are entering illegally. In the Miller Center of Public Affairs Debate discussing this topic, two parties participate in discussing the advantages of citizenship versus enforcement. One of the speakers arguing in favor of a pathway to citizenship, Eliseo Medina sees this debate as an opportunity. In his opinion, it would be impractical and costly to move 12 million illegal immigrants out of the country. Not only would it be a difficult process but it would result in some unintended consequences. While living in the U.S. Illegally, many families had children or family members born here and who are legal citizens. In addition, Medina declares that the illegal immigrants contribute to our unskilled labor force and to social security. Essentially, Medina argues that the U.S. must create a way for existing illegal immigrants to be legalized and make a way for more to come legally. Partnering with Medina, Tamar Jacoby argues in favor of a pathway to citizenship. In his address, Jacoby stated that illegal immigrants should be legalized for the benefit of the country. He discerns this issue as one of safety, because
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