Immigration Is Not As Black And White

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While the Democratic and Republican Parties don’t see eye-to-eye on what the optimal solution for immigration would be, and in fact members within each party have differing opinions, they both agree that our current system is not ideal and it calls for a great amount of work. In a recent gallop poll taken in June and July of 2015, the public responded to the question: “In the United States, in your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased, or decreased?” 40% responded saying that it should be kept at its present level, 25% said it should be increased, and 34% said it should decrease; (1% had no opinion). (Gallup) Immigration has been a core value of the United States since our beginning and it will continue to be a…show more content…
The Republican Party’s stance on this issue is one that encourages the country to welcome foreigners into the United States and to become U.S. citizens, following the established system to immigrate legally. They acknowledge that immigration enhances our country, but recognize that the current system has not been followed or enforced to the degree that it was intended for. (GOP) Not wishing to compromise the integrity of the nation, they are eager to strengthen and enforce the law. “…We oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by intentionally violating the law, disadvantage those who have obeyed it. Granting amnesty only rewards and encourages more law breaking.” (GOP) A top priority for this party is the safety and security of the nation, and insecure borders and ports only compromise this. “In an age of terrorism, drug cartels, human trafficking, and criminal gangs, the presence of millions of unidentified persons in this country poses grave risks to the safety and the sovereignty of the United States. Our highest priority, therefore, is to secure the rule of law both at our borders and at ports of entry.” (GOP) Along with this, employment for U.S. citizens is at stake when
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