Jose Vargas tells the story of his life; from coming to America, finding out that he is residing here illegally, learning how to live with that, and finally to sharing with everyone that he is an undocumented immigrant. Jose has a difficult task in front of him, though. He must win his audience over to his side so that he can further his agenda of developing an easier path for undocumented immigrants to receive citizenship. There are many ways he could go about this, trying to skirt the topic of his illegal activities, but Jose is an intelligent man and knows how to influence his audience. He uses the story of his life to connect with others, and in connecting with them wins them over, even if only indeterminably so. In My Life as an
As an old saying goes: “Everything is a two-edged sword!” although the U.S. has been benefits a lot form the upcoming immigrant, there are a lot of social and political problem associate with it. As politician often put when they made the speech: “current immigration system in the United States is broken.” There are several reasons why the immigration system in the U.S. needed to be reformed: families are separated, immigrant workers are exploited, people died when they try to across the border, and the discrimination against immigrants.
Studies show, within 3 months, 80,000 illegals were deported from just Texas and many more in five other states; 700,000 returned to Mexico voluntarily, 488,000 in two other states (Nagle). A child born in the country from foreign parents are citizens at birth and it should not be taken away from them. “Former representative Nathan Deal of Georgia had a better idea, and he introduced a bill proposing that being born in the U.S. only confers citizenship if one child’s parents is a U.S. citizen” (Nagle). When parents are deported their children don’t have a choice whether they go with their parent or stay, the government chooses it for them. Some parents don’t know they can request return upon deportation or their children could be replaced with their relatives or take them with them to their home (Valbrun). A mother sent a request to visit her child but got no response and her child was taken care by strangers and the mother did not accept this idea. Obama stated that they are focusing on deporting immigrants that have committed crimes. “It’s clearly un-American to take kids away from loving families” (Valbrun). Social workers say children are better off living with middle class Americans than their own “poor” parents who want to try to make a living in a new place. An immigrant parent’s worst fear is to be deported and abandon their child
A common misconception is that legalizing illegal immigrants would just result in “criminals” running around the streets causing disturbances. Who is ignored is the benefit of a very specific population of Americans, the sons and daughters of illegal immigrants. American children are harmed every time one or both of their parents is deported as a result of the lack of an immigration reform. In the article, “Children of Illegal Immigrants Struggle When Parents Are Deported” Valbrun states that “the government deported more than 46,000 parents of children with U.S. citizenship in the first half of 2011, according to the ARC report.” In these conditions, jailed parents cannot fight for their children’s custody and at times lose it to the government who then puts the children out for adoption or in foster care when they already have loving parents. Properly legalizing immigrants would improve the lives of many American children and improve the American social aspects with more
The 14th Amendment played a large role in the way we perceive today’s society. Being that the beginning of the 14th Amendment states “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside”, the intent of the 14th Amendment is to stop the granting of automatic citizenship of new born babies in the United States. Those babies were born by illegal mothers which deems them to be considered as illegal immigrants. The reason why immigration is bad is due to immigrants taking control of the resources that were meant for Americans to use; such as jobs, free health benefits, education benefits, free housing and much more, thus triggering the start of the 14th Amendment. Aside from immigration, another motive for the 14th Amendment was due to other states violating United States citizens’ rights. In the case
Today the Society is split into three separately minded groups. In no specific ordering, the first is determined to believe that any one person born in the United States is a citizen and which means their parents should become citizens along with them. These are the ones whom obtain “birthright citizenship” (Raul). The second are firm believers in the only ones that should be citizens are the ones who go through the proper process of becoming a citizen and according to the article in “USA today,” it states that illegal immigrants are “having babies as a way to obtain citizenship,” which too many Americans “cheapens the whole idea of being American”. The last group is the “other” the ones whom are completely neutral or believe in the
Immigrants are one of the building blocks of of America and without them, the foundation of this civilized country would not stand nor prosper. When discussing about removing the majority of the population of immigrants in this country, we are putting different diverse cultures and economy at high risk. Immigrants in this country play a massive role in boosting the economic world as well as the motion to keep it going. In the article, “Only Mass Deportation Can Save America,” Stephens proposed that the only way to restore and clean this country is to deport mass quantity of immigrants back to where they came from. He provided evidence such as religious beliefs as well as education. He also says that immigrants are polluting this country with their low level education and their careless behavior. Stephens then continues to discuss about the disadvantages of welcoming immigrants into the country. The view that Stephens is arguing on only applies to the minority of the immigrants and that definitely proves that his argument is not valid and does not represent the rest of the immigrants in this country.
Deportation of illegal immigrants is a hot topic in the U.S. today. Deportees are complaining about separation of families. Furthermore, illegal immigrants are breaking the law crossing the border, in that case there is no reason to argue, the law is the law.
Weather the child is born here or not they are scared everyday, with the large possibility that a parent may not come home one day or waking up to the police trying to take you and your family back to your country. Many immigrant come to America to give their families a better life away from their poverty filled country and should be given that chance.(Wagner)
For many years now people have judged one another based on characteristics and family background. Some judge based on skin color, race, where your family has come from, and how you came about. “Legal Alien/ Extranjera Legal” by Pat Mora gives a very realistic message of how it can feel to be a mexican american and to be seen as a ‘legal alien’. To feel not wanted by either side, and to be judged based on the origins of your ancestors and your race. “viewed by Anglos as perhaps exotic,/ perhaps inferior, definitely different,/ viewed by mexicans as alien.” This here, is a perfect example of the way Mora feels about being judged and seen as an alien and her interesting use of diction, metaphors and similes. I think the tone Mora has is one
President Trump's candidacy starts out with deportation of illegal immigrants. His action to take away rights from people coming into the country, strikes up a debatable subject. An estimation of twelve million illegal immigrants live in the United States. The article from Migration Policy Institute says, “past decade saw an average of 500,000 illegal entrants per year” (MPI). The entrants of immigrants per year shows a large number that is growing day by day. Most illegal immigrants are composed of Mexicans. Immigration levels are rising due to security problems. The goal of deporting and immigration is to secure borders. Problems occur when random people come into the country, without knowing what their background and what their true purposes
The human migration in the US have significantly facilitated transnational cultural flows, expanded economic dependencies and reshaped labor norms in the past hundred years. It is important to understand the context of the current situation of the immigrant workers in the US, specifically, in the states of Washington and California, and how labors are viewing the situation, in order to have a specific approach on how to deal with the issue of undocumented workers. Bill Fletcher suggests in his “They’re Bankrupting Us!” And 20 Other Myths about Unions that here still exists “old” view towards immigrants, especially the undocumented immigrants; however, the majority is now placing
The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 (H.R.140), was introduced to congress on January 4th, 2011 by United States Representative Steve King of Iowa. In short, this bill strives to put an end to birthright citizenship for those born to undocumented immigrants, alleviating the related economic burden. However, the bill would still allow children born to at least one United States Citizen, legal resident, or member of the military to be declared citizenship, protecting children of those parents who have followed the law appropriately. American residents seem to be showing support for this bill, as documented in a telephone poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports (Waddington, 2011). The results of the survey showed that only 28% of Americans believe birthright citizenship should be automatic for those born to illegal immigrants. Mr. King viewed this response as an overarching desire from the American public to secure borders and to start utilizing the fourteenth amendment in a different manner.
In addition, the United States is created by a diversity of immigrant cultures. Currently, “approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States” [Debate pg. 592]. Changing or repealing the fourteenth amendment, will leave many U.S citizens, children of immigrants stateless without an origin of birth. For example, Chinese came to the United States to work as
¨I think it's an enormous blessing to be the child of an immigrant who fled oppression, because you realize how fragile liberty is and how easily it can be taken away¨ (Ted Cruz). ¨If I had the opportunity to speak to a young immigrant girl that just arrived to the U.S. the advice I would have for her would be: ask, speak, search; because there are opportunities out there. And, know that you aren't the only immigrant or the last to come to this country. Many that have come before you have succeeded. It is possible¨ (Jenni Rivera). ¨As an immigrant, I appreciate, far more than the average American, the liberties we have in this country. Silence is a big enemy of morality. I don't want our blunders in history to get repeated¨ (Gloria Estefan).