The immigration patterns of the United States have fluctuated over the years, some years having little while others see a rising amount of immigrants, both legal and illegal, looking for opportunities to improve their lives. The amount of illegal immigration is a problem since many take advantage of the social services provided by the government without contributing towards the country since they are not citizens and many people see these illegal immigrants as a threat to their employment. Illegal immigrants do affect the U.S negatively in a number of ways, but if those illegal immigrants were to have a safe passageway towards gaining citizenship, the immigrants would contribute greatly towards the
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)
The United States has long served as a refuge for people who seek to escape hunger, poverty, torture, and the oppression of the human spirit in their own countries. However, the issue of immigration in the United States has become a political flashpoint since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The sacralization of the tragedy has served to paint all immigrants with the same fear-ladened brush, and has marginalized and stereotyped an already vulnerable population. Today, more than ever, immigrants in the United States face increasing stressors as they try to assimilate in a politically charged post 9/11 world. To be an effective social worker, immigration issues and multicultural awareness is critical. Mary and Mario, a couple who
To begin with, we need to stop immigrants from entering the country. We have been having this problem for so long and unless we act now we will not stop this increasing trend of illegal immigrants. According to CNN, there are currently 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S and they are continuing to increase every year. Why should we allow illegal immigrants to enter our country when they are basically committing a crime by entering illegally. If
A study by the Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center indicated that 45 percent of the undocumented migrants in the United States overstayed legal visas. Ana Luisa said she would never have sneaked across the border to get into the United States, and didn't see the harm in overstaying her visa. "The law-not just for Mexico but everywhere-says that the burden is on the applicant to prove they aren't going to stay. In some cases that's very difficult, especially if you have a lot of family in the U.S. and you don't own property or have money in a bank at home." Ricardo Ortiz, 55, said visitors who overstay their visas have made it harder for honest people to get visas in the first place. He hoped to take a landscaping job in New York state, but
In Ohio alone 83,000 people reside as illegals and approximately 50,000 have lived in the US over five years. As illegal immigrants, their options for jobs are severely limited because of having to stay undercover for fear of deportation, hindering their ability to get good jobs as most jobs available to the unauthorized job seekers are entry level jobs that businesses either have a hard time filling with the American people or the return on investment is better using illegal immigrant labor because they can cheaply hire these workers. An article from the Bloomberg View, provides an example of the pressure American employers face
Immigrants come to America chasing hopes and dreams of someday having a life of wealth. The United States has this imagine that everything will be better and all your problems will be solved. However, in the last century we’ve had a raise of Illegal Immigrants in the country.
Eighty seven percent of the United States population are citizens born here while thirteen percent are born outside of the country. Of this thirteen percent, six percent are naturalized, four percent are legal permanent residents, and three percent are unauthorized immigrants. Only seven percent of the unauthorized persons have criminal convictions while twenty two percent of natural born citizens have arrest records. (Dr. Renee Scherlen, “Immigration, Refugees, and American Security”, Fact vs Fiction). Immigrants, legal or not, can be deported at any time if the officer wants them to be deported based on if they have been convicted of any criminal offense, engaged in fraud or willfulness misrepresentation, or seem to be a risk to public safety or national security (Dr. Renee Scherlen, “Immigration, Refugees, and American Security”, Fact vs Fiction).
Immigration to the United States of America is a very tricky subject. In order to please everyone, including other countries, we would need to have open borders and simultaneously restrict immigration to virtually zero, while also including everything in between. Sadly, appeasing everyone is not possible, so we must come up with the most equitable policy. A policy in which the majority of Americans feel secure in their own country, and where our country can still accept those in need of our help.
Although I would love for everyone to have the opportunity to come to the U.S. in hopes for a better life, the limiting of immigrants is inevitable. Immigration is a wonderful thing to a certain extent, but if we don’t keep some sort of control on who we are allowing to enter the country it could turn out to be not such a good thing. If we allowed anyone and everyone to come in, the U.S would quickly become even more overpopulated. Thus, leading to huge amounts of unemployment and loads of other problems. I believe that we as a country must come up with some sort of cap on immigration. If we don’t then all the benefits of immigration will just be outweighed by downsides of allowing too many immigrants into the
Illegal immigration has become a huge issue in the United States, it is estimated that there are about twelve million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. today and that number is growing larger every day. This issue has caused multiple social, economic, safety, and law issues within the country. The state and federal government is using billions of dollars on things such as school, welfare, and medical and receiving minimal or no money in return simply because they are giving out the money to illegal immigrants who do not pay taxes to help fund things. Even though illegal immigrants help the economy, take low paying jobs, and improve the overall image of America, the U.S. must not allow any persons who enter this country illegally to
How would you feel if you and your family were denied the opportunity for a better life or had to wait years for one? There are immigrants whose goals are a better future for themselves and their families. Coming to the U.S. would help them achieve that goal. You may be thinking why can’t they have a good future where they live? In most cases, countries are not as privileged as the US; most countries have a poor economy, with not many outlets to a good education, or are in a time of war and upheaval. America has been able to advance so much throughout history with more and better technology, schools, medicine, job opportunities, etc. Some may say allowing more immigrants into the US may lead to giving terrorists more of an opportunity to let themselves in or how they will be taking away American jobs. Those are reasonable answers, although, the United States itself was built and strengthened by immigrants who came from their country here to find a better life for themselves, their families, and future generations. We as American citizens should allow these immigrants to become part of this nation. What if it were you and your family? Wouldn’t you want to help in your time of need? Therefore, congress should lessen qualifications, the period of time, and cost of the immigration process.
Immigrants aren’t different than American citizens, they are the human being that is trying to live their life, and get a better future for their children. Even so, that can affect us American citizens that were born here. The United States starts to get crowded and some even become jobless then to the homeless. Immigrants are taking home jobs and even education from the people of the United States when they them self’s aren’t even citizens. In the article the Atlantic it states “while 17 percent say they should be allowed to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, and 19 percent say they should be identified and deported”(Robert P). We as an American citizen should come together to protect our country form illegal immigrants. Open the eyes of the blind who support immigration they will bring trouble. In an article the Atlantic it states, “36 percent say that immigrants are a burden on the country because they take jobs, housing, and healthcare” (Robert P. Jones). We are providing immigrants to come to the United States that doesn’t mean they can take our jobs, housing or even our health care we have been here for so long fought for our country’s for our right and they just walk in and get our freedom we won. In the article Undocumented immigrants, it states “sanctuaries- a loosely defined term used to describe local government that restricts police from assisting immigration authorities in identifying and detaining people suspected of being in the country illegally”(Rubin). The immigration deportation should do their job correctly and deport those people that are
Immigration is constantly the subject of debate among Americans. Is it wrong or is it right? Should they stay or should they go? The fact of the matter is approximately 10.8 million undocumented immigrants are currently in the United States who either entered illegally or entered legally on a temporary visa/green card but have overstayed. A lot of people leave there home countries in search of a better life. In the eyes of immigrants the United States is viewed as the land of hope, everyone is in search of the “American dream”. Some United States citizens view immigrants as a threat to their security due to the past terrorist attacks and crime rates among immigrants but in all actuality U.S. born adult male citizens are incarcerated over two-and-a-half times greater than that of immigrants/foreign born men.
The problem with immigration is that it takes to long to become legal immigrants. The way to lower the flow of immigrants coming into the United States illegally is to increase the distribution of work visas out to those who apply, and to get rid of birthright citizenship. But out of the two, the elimination of birthright should be implemented first.