Unresolved Controversies of American Immigration

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Immigration has been a cause of tension in America for many decades. It is a continuous battle between the Senators, the Representatives, the President, and of course the people currently residing in the United States. Immigration not only exists now, but it has affected many generations in the past as well. It is a topic that has been the cause of thousands of unresolved controversies. In the Declaration of Independence we see a vital idea that is the foundation of this country, “…that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” A statement which was ratified and approved by many of the great Americans, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, among many others. However many still refuse to acknowledge and respect the importance of …show more content…

As this fear turned to anger the government, under much pressure, created the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) to try to regulate the number of undocumented immigrants entering the country. The purpose of the act was based around three main things: To make America less attractive for immigrants, to discourage people from trying to enter illegally, and to also begin a new life for the immigrants already in America. In order to do this, it became a crime for employers to hire illegal immigrants, overturning the Texas Proviso, which had previously protected these employers, border patrol was greatly increased, with military help, and undocumented immigrants who met certain requirements were able to apply for pardon and seek their residency, possibly even citizenship. This act was a way to comfort the fearful Americans, but it led to increased discrimination in the workplace as well as everyday life. It helped outline the cultural and racial

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