Immigration : The Ongoing Question

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Immigration: The Ongoing Question It was estimated in 2014 that there were at least 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States. Illegal immigration has been in the headlines for the last ten years and will forever plague the United States of America. New immigration policy such as the “Priority Enforcement Program” was implemented in 2015, and programs like these are one of the main topics up for debate in the upcoming election. Over seventy-five percent of people deported back to their country are convicted criminals (Rocha, Rene R. 901). Many economists and politicians argue that if all of the illegal immigrants, particularly illegal Mexican immigrants, were deported the economy would take a massive hit that would be detrimental to the country. Others argue that illegal immigrants are taking the jobs of the citizens of the United States and therefore all of them should be deported. Using Juvenalian and Horatian satire, satirists poke fun of illegal immigration through the satirical devices of parody, irony, and exaggeration in order to bring light to this very important issue facing the United States of America. One example of the use of Juvenalian satire and parody bringing light to illegal immigration can be seen in Daniel L.’s satirical work. In this work, Daniel L. states that the way to end the detrimental effects of illegal immigration would be to take over Mexico and enslave the native people (Daniel L.). He also goes on to say that the United

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