Immigration Policy Of The United States

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Throughout the United States, and many other places around the world, the name Donald Trump is easily recognizable. Trump, who is running in the 2016 presidential campaign, is famous for his desired immigration policy. Some people, mostly Republicans, support his view on immigration on the method in which way unauthorized immigrants should be dealt with. Others, mostly Democrats, believe he is wrong and unjust. Immigration policy has come to even more people’s attention lately because of its potential future if Trump is president. Throughout history, however, immigration has always been a conflict in the United States. For example, in 1795, the Naturalization Act allowed only free white people who had lived in the United States for over five years and who resigned their residency from their previous home country to be citizens (Mears). This meant that any poor and/or non-white person could not be a citizen. As years went by, citizenship status began being more inclusive, yet some anti-immigrant movements would take place, such as the Oriental Exclusion Act (Mears). This act prohibited most people in Asia from migrating to the United States: “foreign-born wives and children of U.S. citizens of Chinese well as actual family immigration” was not allowed (Mears). Since the Oriental Exclusion Act restricted only families in Asia from migrating to the United States, many employers took to hiring people in Mexico and Central American countries as a source of cheap labor, which is one of the reasons as to why today there is a large group of Mexican immigrants living in the United States. Today, this immigration group is now being targeted, as can be seen through the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. In the United State... ... middle of paper ... ...truck down certain legislations that states aim to pass concerning immigration enforcement. Thus, in various different cases since the 19th century, the “Supreme Court has upheld almost every federal immigra­tion regulation against constitutional challenge, citing Congress’s plenary power in this area” (Chacon). For this reason, when “states and localities have passed measures and adopted unofficial policies that violate the spirit—if not the letter—of the Court’s decision,” (“Public Education for Immigrant Students: States Challenge Supreme Court’s Decision in Plyler v. Doe.”) the Supreme Court has the final say on whether the state’s law remains, or whether it gets vetoed. Fundamentally, the Supreme Court interprets Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution to declare the Federal government has the ultimate power in the enforcement and creation of immigration laws.
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