The Importance Of Immigrants In The United States?

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Immigrants have been coming to America for better lives for several centuries now. It is hypocritical of us to keep immigrants out of our country, consider that our ancestors were immigrants at one point as well. Allowing immigrants into America helps make us a diverse nation, and being diverse is always a good thing. Being multicultural helps us to learn different things and grow in society. Some may say that building a wall will help us by keeping immigrants out, when it will only keep us from gaining true equality among the masses. The only way to change the past is to move forward and keeping immigrants out keeps from doing exactly that. Immigration policymaking should be by the authority of the federal government. Federal government should have the authority when it comes to immigration because we are citizens of a country not a specific state. You don’t leave Europe and move to Texas, you leave Europe and move to America. The states should have some say in the matter, but ultimately it needs to be under federal regulation. State laws only affect specific states, while federal law creates a unified law that affects everyone equally. However, I think the federal government should be easier on letting immigrants become citizens, especially if they were born here. Congress has tried several times and failed to create a path to citizenship for immigrants. The Dream act which stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, is supposed to create citizenship for immigrants that arrived as children (Smith, & Greenblatt, 2018, pp.26). This act is a good thing, but it doesn’t include all immigrants. Federal law does not currently allow the states to do such a thing for the immigrants that live there. Although, many states have found a loop hole in the law that allows them to send undocumented residents to public colleges at an in-state tuition rate. (Smith, & Greenblatt, 2018, pp.26). The federal government should allow undocumented citizens to become citizens, especially those that have lived here since birth. Anyone that wants to live here should by all means be allowed to do so, as long as they are abiding by the same laws as everyone else. Each state should be able to create sub policies
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