Illegal Immigration in the United States

1864 Words Apr 10th, 2008 8 Pages
Illegal Immigration In The United States: A Controversial Debate Illegal immigration is an on-going issue, which is of much importance in the United States today. It has been overlooked for many years, however it has reached a point where it can no longer be ignored. Most of the illegal immigrants, 54% to be exact, come through the Mexican border. (Hayes 5) Since the early 1980’s, the number of illegal Mexican immigrants has risen at an incredible rate, causing the United States government to take action to create an even-handed solution that would be in the interest of both the illegal Mexicans and the citizens of the United States. This, however, has proven to be very difficult since it is still an issue today. The argument is that the …show more content…
This law was very harsh and extremely anti-immigration. It took really strong measures including building a fourteen-mile long fence along the border, doubling border patrol, implementing stronger penalties for falsifying documents and smuggling, reducing the number of acceptable documents, and giving the INS the ability to deport permanent residents. Similarly to the Proposition 187, this law was not successful and was eventually eliminated. The Most recent project has been the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which is still in progress today. It consists of building a 700-mile fence on the U.S-Mexico border, as well as using sophisticated technology to control the immigrants. The fence may very well stop many immigrants from walking across the border, however it still will not stop them from hiking or swimming or whatever they can to across it. “ These additional border security measures-more fences, more surveillance, more advanced technology-do nothing to address the underlying forces driving migration and only push those migrating into a more treacherous landscape” (Frost 241). Even though the efforts are consistently there, there still has not been a sturdy and effective resolution. Because of the differences that are present throughout the nation, it has not been possible to seek the solution of the real problem, which is immigration into the United States.
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