The Issue Of Illegal Immigration

1420 Words Nov 8th, 2015 6 Pages
One of the most controversial issues in politics today is that of illegal immigration. “Immigration has been a constant source of economic vitality and demographic dynamism throughout our nation’s history.” (CAP Immigration Team, 2014) There are thousands of immigrants that arrive in the United States each year. Over the years, illegal immigration has been growing despite policies made to prevent this growth. In my opinion, immigration will continue to be a social issue that is fiercely debated during the 2016 Presidential elections in the United States. There are people who support immigration while others are against it. Many arguments about this debate involve how the economy is affected. We will discuss the many implications from immigration, both positive and negative.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, illegal immigration was a constant source of political debate, as immigrants continue to pour into the United States, mostly by land routes through Canada and Mexico. The Immigration Reform Act in 1986 attempted to address the issue by providing better enforcement of immigration policies and creating more possibilities to seek legal immigration. The act included two amnesty programs for unauthorized aliens, and collectively granted amnesty to more than 3 million illegal aliens. Another piece of immigration legislation, the 1990 Immigration Act, modified and expanded the 1965 act, increasing the total level of immigration to 700,000. The law also provided for the…

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