However, immigration brings numerous problems that far out way the good it brings. Immigration limits job openings, endangers the lives of others, and takes away money from the government. America today is a prospering nation and many want to experience the so called “American Dream”. But to become a citizen is a hard task, one that many would like to bypass. Hence, many try to get into America through ill means, crossing the border that separates America and Mexico illegally.
Immigration policies have been a hot-button issue for many years now, especially regarding emigration from Mexico. Politicians have started up campaigns promising to effectively end illegal immigration, claiming that it is the source of the United States’ unstable economy. However, similar plans have been enacted in a particularly vulnerable period, with little to no success, indicating that repetition would be a huge blow to both the economy and United States citizens. In the late 1920’s, there had been a growing number of Mexican immigrants. Similar to previous “waves”of people coming to the United States, the recent influx of Mexicans came with a stigma.
This caused an increase in Mexican American immigration as well. The government of the United States fought back towards the immigration. “Operation Wetback” was put into place in the 1950s as a program in which almost 4 million Mexicans were deported. Mexican American’s privacy was vandalized, raided and broken into. Operation Wetback caused hard feelings towards Americans and has been a continuing issue for Mexican Americans to accept (Healey, 2012).
They sometimes come for economic reasons or are pushed out of their country due to political oppression back home. This can cause chain immigration, where one or two members of family will immigrate to America, secure themselves financially and later help the rest of the family to join them in America, increasing immigration exponentially. Sooner or later though, this will cause problems. The problems with illegal immigration far outweigh its benefits to America. One problem that is most infuriating to many Americans is that illegal aliens are taking jobs away from U.S citizens, of course while paying next to nothing in taxes.
Many people illegally travel to another place because they are desperately looking for better opportunities, running away from poverty, wars or violence the United States is the one country that can offer those opportunities to come true and allow dreams to these immigrants from all over the world than any other country. The United States Congress needs to act on the Illegal Immigration Bill as soon as possible. For instance Mexico, unfortunately, has a poor economy with a high population and the country is still engaged in a war with various Mexican drug cartels which kills more than 80,000 people every year(Jay). Therefore, United States being one of the most successful countries attracts many of these illegal immigrants. It provides freedom
Many presidents have promised to increase government regulation on the ongoing cycle of illegal immigration. However, none of them have succeeded in doing so. It does seem to be an impossible task with thousands crossing every day and many of them fooling the U.S. by getting a working visa then never returning back home. Although this task of illegal immigration seems overwhelming the government needs to be more involved by continuing to build border walls, allowing the states to pass laws to check for citizenship if prompted to, and, if all these actions are carried out lawfully, the U.S. will become a safer place to live. The reason that thousands of illegal immigrants cross the border each day is to make a better life for themselves and their family.
Illegal immigration also leads to the reduction in job opportunities for American citizens. When the illegal immigrants come into the country, they need a means of survival. As a result, they compete with American citizens for the available job opportunities. Some illegal immigrants are relatively more qualified than American citizens; as a result, they are given first priority at the various companies in the country (Anderson, 2010). Similarly, some companies employ illegal immigrant workers to avoid following the legitimate employment procedure, which is longer and more expensive for the employer.
Now, that these works have gotten a taste of the American life and money they can make, they want to come back in, even if it means illegally. This was originally not a very big problem but when the economy started having trouble and people were becoming unemployed they started pointing fingers. They think all these Illegal’s are taking their jobs because there is so many of them here and that is because the boarder is not secure and it needs to be boarded up. Well that’s easier said than done, a lot easier. The U.S. and Mexico border is about1,951 miles long.
As the Anglo-whites became the majority in Los Angeles, they also became the major influence on the development of the city and its capitalist structure. Although, Capitalism brought change to the city of Los Angeles, it also created racial apprehension. As described by Sanchez, “deportation and repatriation campaigns pushed almost one-third of the Mexican community back to Mexico…. Increasingly, changing demographics and limited economic resources stunted the growth of the ethnic market, reflecting the changing composition and nature of... ... middle of paper ... ...s have set a great example for their children. Despite having to battle discrimination and poor neighborhoods, second and third generation Mexican-Americans have made a great strife to overcome large obstacles.
When Depression hit in the thirties, anti-Mexican sentiments ran high and the "Federal Government helped where it could to rid the country of Mexicans. "(Cardoso 46). With the involvement of the United States in World War II, the demand for manpower in agriculture and war production industries increased immensely. Therefore, hundreds of thousands of Mexicans were given the opportunity not only to work but to work in higher-paying occupations as well. After World War II the American public became aware of the numbers of Mexicans crossing the border and again supported measures to stifle immigration.