Analysis Of Immigration Reform In The United States

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The United States of America has had the same immigration policy since the Immigration Act of 1990. The Immigration Act of 1990 allowed more immigrants into the United States, which satisfied both republicans and democrats for a short while. Twenty-four years later, the country consists vastly of immigrants and some political scientists say within the next fifty years will minorities will be the majority compared to white Caucasians. The terms of the Immigration Act of 1990 are outdated and the United States government needs to change what is now, a dysfunctional system. Both republicans and democrats agree there needs to be immigration reform, just disagree on what exactly needs to be reformed. Immigration reform would bolster the economy, create jobs, and bring the already 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States out of the shadows so they can properly contribute to society. This analysis of immigration reform in the United States will consist of analyzing past immigration legislature that has passed through congress as well as compare what republicans and democrats currently desire from any immigration legislature that is brought to congress, resulting in a comprehensive bill, which puts the United States in a better position internationally regarding immigration, and by the means by which the United States controls immigration into the nation, as well as addressing what, if any, rights will be given to the 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants already living in the United States. There has been a long-standing debate between house republicans and senate democrats over immigration reform. Both parties believe there should be reform, but most republicans believe the US government should implemen... ... middle of paper ... ...his means that republicans want visa and green card allocations to reflect the needs of employers so the American citizens who work towards their degrees will not be displaced. Fifth is regarding youth. Republicans do not want children to be “punished for the mistakes of their parents.” Republicans are willing to make exceptions for youth who were brought to the United States as a child, as long as they meet certain eligibility standards and serve in the military or get a college degree. Sixth is regarding undocumented immigrants. Republicans want them to come forward and “get right with the law.” There will be no special path to citizenship but the undocumented immigrants will have to pay excessive fines and pass background checks, among other barriers, in order to stay in the US. Criminals, gang members, and sex offenders will not be eligible for the program.

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