Although the issue with illegal immigration is prominent, the solution is not as clear. Some say the annual quota of 20,000 Mexicans should be raised (Anderson 65). This does not help the fact that there is a 5-9 year wait for over 1 million immigrants to enter the country legally (Anderson 57). "Most illegals are of working age and looking for jobs" (Anderson 57). They don't want to wait years to get a job. Otherwise, there would not be near as many people crossing the border every year. Some people call for a border fence in order to lower the number of illegals (Marcovitz 27). In 2006, Congress began a $2.5 billion project to fence nearly 700 miles of the Mexican border (Marcovitz 27). Many are still pushing for the entire border to be fenced off (Marcovitz 27). Currently, only about one third of the border has been fenced, and over 1,000 miles still remain open (Marcovitz 28). The fence is patrolled by border officers. In 1992 there were about 3,500 border patrol officers. In 2010 that number had grown to over 20,000 (Marcovitz
The other issues that have raised concern relate to national security and unfairness. In order to protect our security, some opponents want to discourage entry by increasing patrols and surveillance and raising a wall to protect our southern border. These measures have failed in the past, and will likely do so in the future. By increasing the money we spend for added patrols and surveillance, we will only increase our costs. We should recognize that the majority of the individuals that have entered our country, by slipping across the border, are, otherwise, willing to abide by our laws for an opportunity at a better life. Their primary purpose is to improve their economic conditions, not to jeopardize our security or cause controversy with people holding legal status.
1. Lourdes Medrano is a strong advocate for immigration reform to strengthen the border and the security manning the border. She supports her argument by showing how President George W. Bush’s surge on the US-Mexican border. President Bush doubled the man power along the border, while leading the technological advance on the border. Medrano shows how President Bush brought immigration reform into the spotlight, when roughly 1.6 million immigrants where entering the US illegally. Now the number is historically lower at 356,873 immigrants. The budget for the border patrol has been steadily increasing 1.1 billion in 2001 to 3.5 billion in 2012. Medrano presents how President Bush signed the Secure Fence Act in 2006, which authorized 700 miles of fencing. This his directly contributed to 651 miles of fencing created by 2012. Surge on immigration reform has also doubled the man power from 2001 to 2012, which is exactly what President Bush envisioned. With the border patrol now being a division of Homeland Security and help from the national guard, they have grown much bigger then what they once were. Even the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says that “our borders have, in fact, never been stronger.”
Bush and Barack Obama sent a large amount of National Guard troops to the border and still eleven million illegal immigrants are living in country and seems to be growing rapidly. The purpose for the national guard troops is to better protect the border and prevent illegal crossing. The use of the 1,954 mile fence is useless if not properly watched and protected and that's where they come in, to better monitor the fence and prevent the crossers from damaging the fence. Some of the illegal immigrants do not come to California in search for new job opportunities but to smuggle drugs across the border, document fraud, human trafficking, and other criminal activities The use of the national guard is to not only protect the border but stop criminal activities from happening and entering the country. It may increase in violence but it will decrease in criminal activity and stop those who are coming into California illegally through the southern border. Other than the national guard and border patrol protecting the border, there are groups of civilians that volunteer to protect the border as
In President Obama’s executive order speech to the nation, he discussed three major solutions to fixing our nation’s disastrous immigration problem. His first solution was to increase the amount of resources and law enforcement personal at the border so we can control the flow of illegal crossings and celerity their return. Next, his second solution involved making it easier for intelligent or high skilled immigrants to stay in the United States and contribute to our economy. Finally, his third solution mentioned that the United States shall take the steps needed to deal
The United States immigration policy has never pleased all Americans and probably never will. Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, politicians have toiled continuously with the broken system. For example, Congress attempted to strengthen the western border by passing the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act in 1996 ("Historical Overview"). Although the proposed increase in Border Patrol agents seemed promising, insufficient funding kept the act from adequate enforcement ("Historical Overview"). Now, President Obama is trying to fix the immigration policy. Last November, the president issued an executive order so that his immigration proposal would be passed. In his proposal, his main focus was removing people who pose a threat to our country, as well as continuing to dispose of illegal immigration along the southern border ("Immigration"). Even though a few of the President 's critical points may be effective, it simply is not enough to remedy what has been broken for so long. Changes need to be made to our country 's immigration policy in order for it to be effective.
Position: President Obama justified the immigration reform by protecting the families and children and deporting the immigrants who are committing crime within the United States. Different executive orders have been proclaimed during the presidency of Barak Obama. This included the deportation of loads of illegal immigrants and allotting resources to deporting unlawful aliens. In every case, these statutes were signed into equity by the incumbent president of the United States.
Therefore, as seen from the brief history outlined above of this nation’s immigration policy, President Obama is not the first president to implement new directives, acts or policies affecting the lives of illegal immigrants living within our borders or the citizens of this nation. Effects of DACA and DAPA President
However, Bush feels that all Immigrants should earn their legal status and not be sent back. Therefore he goes on to say “We need to be much more strategic on how we deal with border enforcement, border security. “ (Bush) because he believe the great majority of people migrating have no other option.
Recently the President of the United States, Barack Obama, spoke to the country about immigration policy and measures he wants to take. He announced this past Thursday he would be easing the threat of deportation for the roughly 4.4 million illegal immigrants who are parents of legal American citizens.
There are many different ways people migrate to the U.S., and many views on it, but illegally should not be one of the ways. Some of the immigrants sneak past border patrol and forge identities for themselves or get in other ways that allow them to take minimum wage jobs. Other immigrants are refugees, the government granted asylum to. Then there are the anchor babies being born in the U.S. as citizens, to illegal immigrant parents these babies are legal United States citizens, unlike their parents. We cannot just simply separate them from their parents.
The past cannot be impinged on, no matter how much it’s understood. Historians due to the chance of being labeled avoid Anachronistic. There are ways to avoid being anachronism is to observe the language in all aspects. We are a nation of immigrants, which has shaped politics, run our government and have been involved in wars.
The beginning of the influx of immigrants coming into the United States began with The First Great Migration (1920’s). There was a huge demand for labor workers in the United States, immigrants from southern and eastern europe moved to the U.S. in search of work. The immigration policy at the
Seven billion people in this world and about eleven million of them are undocumented. This has become a huge problem - not to say they shouldn’t allowed to be a citizen, but why would you not want to become a citizen then risk the possibility of getting caught and deported to just go back to a place you obviously didn’t want to be. The President is working on a way to “fix our broken immigration system.” President Obama has three critical elements to his plan of action, those being cracking down at the border, deporting FELONS, and do criminal background checks as well as taxes.
The article “Good Policy and Good Politics” from the U.S News is supports our argument that economic impact is an important factor in influencing immigrant policy. According to the author, Stan Veuger, president Obama’s decision to offer illegal immigrants reprieve from deportation will result in an increase labor force which in turn will increase U.S GDP and its production output. An estimated .4 percent of GDP will increase after 10 years if the president’s policy goes into effect. Also, according to Stan Veuger the incoming immigrants will take the jobs that are suited for them “without too much of a harmful impact on native workers”. Stan Veuger’s use of the word “good” to describe president Obama’s proposal shows where the author stands