Illegal Immigrants of American Society Essay

2056 Words Apr 30th, 2005 9 Pages
Illegal Immigrants of American Society
A Realistic Approach

At present, the U.S. immigration system is burdened both by policy and implementation challenges. It is barely able to meet the commitments required by law and policy and is ill-prepared to address new challenges and mandates. Agreement that the system is broken may be the only point of consensus among many diverse stakeholders. The Task Force believes that immigration laws and policies are broken in four ways:
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There is an increasing disconnection between law and reality that undermines the rule of law, breeds disrespect for American values and institutions, and makes it more difficult to garner domestic support for immigration and advance U.S. values
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According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, Indiana's Hispanic population grew by 117 percent during the last decade, from about 99,000 in 1990 to almost 215,000 in 2000. The proposed amnesty would benefit both the United States and Mexico economically and provide basic human rights protection to a group of people who often live in danger and secrecy. Undocumented workers often are placed in dangerous jobs and must live without the benefits of even the poorest Americans. If an immigrant gets robbed, he can't go to the police. If he is sick or injured to the severest degree, he can't go to the hospital. To further exacerbate the risk, undocumented workers typically live in areas of higher crime and work the most dangerous jobs. Basically, many of these workers are risking their lives to provide for their families that are still living in their native countries.
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Many illegal aliens are working in the United States in low level jobs. they risk being caught, detained and deported. They often live in fear. Their rights are not protected. Furthermore, certain industries, including farming, are desperate for workers and cannot get Americans for the jobs. The Bush Administration has proposed a temporary guest worker program to solve the problem. In his 2004 State of the Union address to joint session of Congress,
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