Illegal Immigration, Economic Factors, Opportunities, And Amnesty

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Illegal Immigration, Economic Factors, Opportunities, and Amnesty Throughout the early years the United States was depicted as a safe haven for millions of immigrants coming from all over the world, including Scotland, England, Holland and several others amongst them. Recently the problem of overpopulation has been a subject that needs to be decided; whether it is to give amnesty or a path towards it to the illegal immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades. In present date these illegal immigrants have little opportunity in the United States and wasn’t until recently that Obama’s proposition in 2012 has taken the first step towards giving young illegal immigrant students the opportunity to attend college/university and…show more content…
This downturn in numbers is most likely due to several factors, including increase in national security after the 9/11 attack in 2001, securing the border more in the south-west, economic down turn that was the worst in 80 years causing many immigrants to leave, and the lack of opportunity for immigrants to be integrated through amnesty after being attracted in the prosperous early 1990’s. Another well know factor was the shocking Arizona S.B. 1070 law being passed, Esses, Brochu and Dickson (2012) explained the laws contents stating “ it empowers local police officers to request immigration documentation from criminal suspects, and if they do not receive it, to hold them in jail where federal officials can then begin the deportation process. The law also requires employers to use a federal electronic system to verify employees’ citizenship status, and includes harsh punishment for anyone harboring or employing an illegal immigrant” (p.133). Through this Senate Bill the Arizona government stated that It has costs them an estimated amount of 250 million (Brown, 2011 p.8). This example of Arizona’s law shows how it would affect the United States economy negatively; to give a rough idea of how much it would affect the United States in loss of farm production Esses, Brochu and Dickson provide that it is predicted to cost about 9 billion annually.
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