Immigration Policies Affect Families And Communities

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President Obama recently declared, “What makes someone American isn’t just blood or birth but allegiance to our founding principles and faith in the idea that anyone- from anywhere- can write the next chapter of our story” ( Immigration Reform Quotes). In the United States of America, immigration has been a thorny issue due to the fact that some Americans do not want immigrants living in the United States illegally. Undocumented workers come to the United States for a better life for their children as well as a better life for themselves. They come here only because they want to provide their own families with better opportunities, something the may have not been able to have. What many Americans do not understand is that immigration policies affect families and communities and have a significant impact on the U.S. economy. Immigration policies have affected many Mexican and other immigrant families that live in the U.S. Ever since these policies have been made many undocumented Mexicans and others have been deported back to their homeland, and immigration officials do not seem to care about the circumstances the individual and their family will have to face. There are about 12 million undocumented immigrants living in this country, meaning that it does not only affect a small, specific population, but also “ deportations have a large effect on families, forcing children into foster care as their parents are shipped out of the country and leaving single mothers struggling to make ends meet” (Dreby). Deportations are ripping families apart and leaving children in foster care. As Applied Research Council has reported, “Many U.S. citizen children of undocumented deportees may end up in the foster care system, often for no other reas... ... middle of paper ... ...a real path towards citizenship”(Immigration Reform Quotes). Right now, Donald Trump, who is running to be the president of the U.S., believes that a wall should be built across the Southern border, and the U.S. should send children and their families back to their homeland. Donald Trump has clearly not thought about how this can have a significant impact on our country economically, and how it can affect families and communities. Everyone should be treated equally and not be differentiated because of their status. Undocumented immigrants want a better life for them and their families; why can’t they just receive the U.S. citizenship opportunity? As President Obama believes, “This is not just a debate about policy, it’s about people, it’s about men and women and young people who want nothing more than the chance to earn their way into the American Story” (
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