The U.S. Flawed Immigration System Must be Reformed Essay

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Memorandum

TO: Representative Michael McCaul
SUBJECT: Immigration Reform
The issue of illegal immigration has daunted this nation for many years. Currently, there are 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. Immigration reform is necessary, but amnesty is not. Last year, the United States Senate passed the ‘Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act’ by a vote of 68-32. If this bill becomes law, America will still not have fixed it’s illegal immigration issue. There are many flaws to the current immigration bill in Congress, such as the fiscal costs to taxpayers, government spending, and “border triggers”. A few commonsense fixes to improve our nation’s immigration dilemma are enhanced security and enforcement measures, reforming the legal immigration and visa system, and a real step-by-step approach to comprehensive immigration reform.
Enhanced Security and Enforcement Measures
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), state, and local law enforcement all contribute to keeping our borders protected against illegal immigrants. The American people do not trust the federal government to secure the border through the current comprehensive immigration bill, as only 28% believe it will be secured after passage. 59% of likely voters believe that securing the border is more important than legalizing illegal immigrants. It is clear that…