America Must Stop Illegal Immigration

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Among many of the highly disputed issues in the United States, illegal immigration is near the top, as it is continually growing and must be brought to an end. The term “illegal immigration” is used to describe the migration of people into another country without the government’s permission. Due to the United States’ highly desirable lifestyle, illegal immigration is more common than many other countries in the world. Even before the Constitution was written, significant political and social idols, such as Benjamin Franklin worried about the outcome of immigration. His ideas were particularly towards the increase of German immigrants, for he would caution that “Pennsylvania will in a few years become a German colony; instead of their learning our language, we must learn their, or live as in a foreign country.” Although Franklin’s thoughts influenced a large number of people living in the country, the first hundred years of the nation were established with an open border (Hing). This would welcome foreign nationals displaced by the ravages of war or persecuted by totalitarian governments in hope of a better life. The fourteenth amendment, ratified in 1868, would establish the rights of citizens, or legally recognized subjects or nationals of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized (McClenaghan). Many illegal immigrants refuse to assimilate into their surroundings of which they have brought themselves upon. They also take a variety of unskilled jobs that citizens could use, but instead become unemployed. The concept of immigration is what allowed the United States to flourish in its early years to the present day; however, when it is done illegally, it can hurt the domestic tranquility and security of the nation, as we... ... middle of paper ... needs to be an increase of border patrol in these areas (Dudley). Also, there should be occasional screenings of people, whether it may be in their workplace or schools, to establish their citizenship. All in all, one must recognize illegal immigration will never be entirely ended, but with the proper approach it can be reduced, strengthening the domestic tranquility and security of the United States as a nation. Works Cited Currie, Stephen. Issues in Immigration. Sand Diego, California: Lucent Books, 2000. Print. Dudley, William. Illegal Immigration: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego, California: Greenhaven Press, 2002. Print. Hing, Bill. Immigration and the Law: A Dictionary. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 1999. Print. McClenaghan, William. Macgruder’s American Government. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2010. Print.
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