Argumentative Essay On Immigration Reform

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Immigration reform is a recurrent issue in the United States. The premise behind immigration reform constantly changes from generation to generation. A common belief is that immigrants threaten the vigor of society. Critics of immigration cite religious beliefs, safety, and economical reasons for opposing immigration. Introspection of current immigration legislation reveals that there are vulnerabilities and ethical concerns within the fabric of the United States government.
The territory of the United States is infiltrated frequently by immigrants hoping to make a better life for themselves and their families. The US government insists that to impede illegal immigration there needs to be an intense focus on the geographical borders of the
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James R. Edwards Jr. starts his case by saying, “Each Christian is bound by a high moral imperative: Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself” (Center for Immigration Studies, 2010). Edwards Jr.’s closing statement denotes that, “comprehensive immigration reform… hardly ranks as ethical treatment…Thus, we have to exercise prudential judgement” (Center for Immigration Studies, 2010). In this case, comprehensive immigration reform would impede citizens according to Edwards. When he says, “We had 21 million unemployed or underemployed native-born Americans as of third quarter 2009… Comprehensive immigration reform would put them up against many more job competitors, forcing down the wages these Americans could otherwise command” (Center for Immigration Studies, 2010) he is implying that these jobs are coveted by current citizens. Current citizens do not often aspire to perform the jobs that illegal immigrants perform. Many citizens are currently facing unequal pay for equal work. The situation for many working citizens is unethical whether or not illegal immigrants are performing blue collar
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