The United States of America, being a country founded by immigrants, is known all over the world as the land of great opportunities. People from all walks of life travelled across the globe, taking a chance to find a better life for them and their family. Over the years, the population of immigrants has grown immensely, resulting in the currently controversial issue of illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants are the people who have overstayed the time granted on their US, visa or those who have broken the federal law by crossing the border illegally. Matt O’Brien stated in his article “The government thinks that 10.8 million illegal immigrants lived in the country in January 2009, down from a peak of nearly 12 million in 2007.”(Para, 2)
Throughout the history of the United States immigration has become apart of our country’s fabric which, began centuries ago. Only to become a hot topic in the US in recent years with its primary focus being illegal immigrants. Illegal immigration is when people enter a country without government permission. As of 2008 the Center for Immigration Studies estimated that there are 11 million illegal immigrants in the US which is down from 2007‘s 12.5 million people. Although the Center for Immigration Studies estimates are very different from other estimates that range from 7 to 20 million. While the Pew Hispanic Center estimated in March of 2009 there are 11.1 million illegal immigrants and that number is from March 2007’s peak of 12
Many of the undocumented immigrants have both successfully and unsuccessfully tried to find different ways to migrate into the United States. They have traveled by swimming across borders, driving, trafficking, from many underdeveloped countries around the world like Mexico, Cuba, Africa, and many others. Many have become part of such a vulnerable population because they have come to the United States to seek a better life for their families, the healthcare, job opportunities, as well as having been in the united states and staying past the time allowed on their visa.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, the U.S. immigration population is at 42.2 million, which is 13.3 percent of the total U.S. population. There are a variety of reasons immigrants come to the U.S. Many of them have been forced out of their homes and countries because of war, persecution, and poverty. They see the United States as the opportunity for employment, freedom, and overall, a better life for them and their families. However, sometimes in the United States they are treated just as bad, or even worse than they were in their home countries. They are met with violence, non acceptance, and ignorance. Although immigrants have gained many more rights than before, they are still falsely
Unauthorized immigrants in the United States of American border control has being a big problem and concern with regards to national security. There are a lot of people from various countries that want to migrate into United States for so many individual reasons known to them. The United States is a country known for countless jobs which other nations don’t have. A great number of immigrants, however, want to move away from their government reason because the government doesn’t treat them right just the way they want to be treated. For that reason, they move to the United States because they want
Attention Getter: According to The Department of Homeland Security, there are 11.4 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States in 2011. (The Department of Homeland Security, 2012)
Undocumented immigrants refer to “people who presently possess no proof of any right to be present in the United States, whether or not they have been declared deportable by the US government (and the vast majority have not)” (Lyon, 2004, p581). According to the United States Census Bureau there are approximately eight to eleven million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States (Porter, 2006). Each year, approximately 500,000 more arrive without legal documentation. The number of undocumented immigrants now exceeds the number of documented immigrant arrivals. The majority of the undocumented immigrants arrive from Mexico (57 to 70%) and Latin America (23 to 24%), with a smaller number from Europe and Canada (5 to 6 %
Urrea explores the “Devil’s Highway” through the lens of the cops and his vision, which are both gruesome and informative. The Border Patrol sectors are divided into two regions, Tucson and Yuma. These regions are called the “Devil’s Highway” due to the deaths of many illegal immigrants who attempted to cross the borders. Urrea describes one scene that illustrates the horrid deaths of the women and children who died while trying to cross the border. He writes, “All the agents seem to agree that the worst deaths are the young women and the children. Pregnant women with dying fetuses within them are not uncommon; young mothers have been found dead with infants attached to their breasts, still trying to nurse” (Urrea
According to a new Pew Research Center estimate, there were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in March 2013 (Pew Research Center, 2014), and there might be even more since many of them decide not to share any personal information to these types of organizations, such as the Census. The main reason for this presumption is that they fear of being deported back to their birth countries. Many other studies have shown that the number of unauthorized immigrants or “aliens” (as many people labeled them) living in the United States has stabilized since 2013, compared to 12.2 million in 2007 (which was the beginning of the Great Recession) and 3.5 million in 1990. In other words, the illegal immigration rate arriving and
America, land of the free and home of the brave. Immigrants arrive in America hoping to find freedom and escape the troubles of their homelands however this is not always the case.Thousands of illegal immigrants enter the United States every year. “The Department of Homeland Security estimates that there are 8 million to 12 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States, and that 700,000 new immigrants enter the states and stay each year” (). When illegal immigrants are caught by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement they are taken to jail or to immigration detention centers where they can wait for years to be sent back to their homeland. Illegal immigrants have extended wait periods due to the mass amount of immigrants and the
More than 55 million immigrants have settled in the U.S. since the nation’s founding. With the exception of Native Americans, everyone living in the U.S. is either an immigrant or the descendent of voluntary or involuntary immigrants. However, some blame every problem this nation faces these days on immigration. Problems such as economic hardships are blamed on immigration because immigrants take all the jobs. Political turmoil and war are on the list as well. What is actually true and what is myth?
Every year, around one million people are immigrating into the United States both legally and illegally. As of now nearly 40 million immigrants live in the United States; 11.5 million of which came to the country illegally (CNN). That is nearly thirteen percent of the total United States population. The role the United States government plays in the handling of immigration from foreign countries both legal and illegal, plays a vital role in the security of the people of the United States and
Every year hundreds of thousands legal illegal immigrants flock to America. They hope to start a new life or escape civil wars in their countries. There are approximately 12.5 million illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. This number has grown significantly in the past years. This puts a major strain on the economy costing taxpayers three billion dollars each year. Immigrants are also taking the jobs from
“The Census Bureau estimates that 450,000 illegal immigrants enter the United States each year” (Point: Immigration). Why are so many immigrants coming here illegally? “Immigrants leave their country of origin for a variety of reasons including employment, economic, social conditions, military conflict, and political turmoil” (Immigration Restrictions). What is the government doing to stop it? Each year many immigrants enter the United States, a good number of them enter illegally, crossing the border without correct documentation, and living in the United States
The United States of America has always been a refuge where poor and oppressed people from the far corners of the world can come to begin a new life. Much of the nation’s allure to prospective immigrants is in its promise of equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, or color. But the pressures of rising unemployment rates, congested cities, a crippled healthcare system, and national debt skyrocketing out of control have caused America to defend her borders against the influx of immigrants that threaten her already ailing economy. Still, despite all the heightened security measures incorporated in recent decades, a steady stream of immigrants continue to enter the country illegally. The Washington Times reports that there are