Essay about Immigration Reform

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Immigration Reform

At this time, the United States has allowed more immigrants to enter the country than at any time in its history. Over a million legal and illegal immigrants take up residence in the United States each year. Immigration at its current magnitude is not fulfilling the interests or demands of this country.
With the country struggling to support the huge intake of new comers, life in
America has been suffering tremendously. The excessive stress put upon the welfare system, overuse of the family reunification laws, and the exploitation of employment based immigration in the computer industry are reasons for immigration reform.

The United States welfare system has difficulties supporting the huge
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These laws create a problem that researchers call chain migration.
According to the FAIR organization, ?because of chain migration--one immigrant sponsors several family members as immigrants, who then sponsor several others themselves, and so on. Since chain migration began in the mid 1960s, annual immigration has tripled.? Many sponsors have not met those they have helped, or much less have the desire to be reunited with them. The laws are often used to further economic goals rather than joining families. People migrate to the
United States with pipe dreams of financial securities. The high rates of family sponsored immigration from poor countries such as China and the
Philippines rival those of richer countries such as Japan.

Immigration reform not only has a strong following but an equally large opposition as well. The opposition argues that immigrants create job and do not take jobs from U.S. citizens. Several studies demonstrate that there is a positive relationship between states who admit immigrants and employment. One study found between 1970-1980 Mexican immigration to Los Angeles County was responsible for 78,000 new jobs. They claim that the U.S. work force, especially the computer industry, will suffer from the withdrawl of highly skilled workers. The current unemployment rates are blamed on the relocation of multinational companies overseas to
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