This paper focuses on illegal immigration and discusses how illegal immigration is an expensive financial burden to the United States, and therefore instead of trying to find ways to legitimize the citizenship status of illegal immigrants, the government should have more stringent policies that discourage illegal immigration, strengthens border security, and improves the avenues required for lawful immigration. Immigration is thoroughly ingrained in the history of the United States. Many immigrants offer the U.S. knowledge, advantages, and rich, new experiences culturally, academically, in business, and in many other arenas. It is not being argued here that immigration should be stopped and that the borders should be closed off to all non-citizens. That is a disservice to the country.
Illegals are already in the country, not giving them amnesty isn’t changing anything. Amnesty is not hurting the United States in any way. It is also not adding any burdens. Yes, immigrating into this country without the right papers is illegal, but there’s no stopping these people. The country might as well grant the people amnesty and allow them to become citizens because they aren’t leaving.
Immigration is a controversial topic that has the government and the citizens debating whether it is right or wrong. Certain citizens believe that immigration only damages the United States economy and their lives. However, they do not realize that immigrating to the U.S. is a life changing opportunity for those who are less fortunate. Still, immigration is a major issue in the United States, but only because the U.S. makes it an issue. This issue can be easily solved, but first they need to understand what the real meaning of what an illegal is.
“What America needs is not closed borders or open borders, but smart borders” -Edward Kennedy. What Edward Kennedy was probably saying in this quote was that immigration is a good thing, our country was founded on immigrants. To let people cross our borders illegally and without regard to our laws, is not smart immigration. It is not smart for the country or for the legal citizens. Illegal immigration must be stopped and prevented.
With the government cannot completely control illegal immigration over the border, the security of legal citizens is at risk. All things considered, with the powerlessness to control and completely carry out the laws of immigration, potential criminals will constantly barge into the nation and further jeopardize the U.S. lives. Although crime and terrorism has increased because of the absence of carrying out immigration policy, illegal immigration has caused the most effect on the economy. Most people think that illegal immigrants make the country more efficient and do jobs that U.S. citizens do not want to do. Although the truth is that these illegal immigrants are taking legal citizens jobs.
I do think our immigration system could be streamlined and more visas should be allotted to countries that have a higher percentage of immigrants wanting to come to the U.S. Something needs to be done about the backlog of pending visas, I’m just not sure what the answer is. On the other hand, while I empathize with their situation, I cannot advocate for illegal activity. Do we reward those who don’t follow the rules and break immigration laws? Isn’t one of the criteria for obtaining a visa or green card or citizenship following the laws of our country? I know if I break a law, then I will face the consequence.
To others undocumented immigrants cause more problems than committing crimes. “Many argue that providing amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the United States, opens the door as an incentive to other undocumented travelers to come to the country, They may believe they can get away with breaking the law because Congress will provide amnesty” (“Pros And Cons of Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants “). If their was a chance for amnesty for undocumented immigrants, immigrants will still be blamed for something that is out of their control. “Even if amnesty were to pass, the immigrants may also require the assistance from governmental welfare programs, which could add up to
People in the U.S who are citizens can cross the Mexican border anytime they want and not have to face consequences the ways immigrants do. Immigrants can’t cross the borders or else they’ll face serious consequences like going to prison and/or dying. Immigrants would make better citizens then the citizens themselves. They work harder and they only care about their own business. Citizens in the U.S should stop judging immigrants by their background and where they came from.
Not only will the economy grow, but we will also regain our nation’s identity as the home of promise. Immigration policies have the power to build up or tear apart communities. While America should be cautious about the quantity of assistance afforded to illegal immigrants, the fear of losing jobs and money to them should not hinder our goal to expand the economy and assist newcomers. Making immigrants feel welcome is essential to improving communities. If we as a community and country refuse to assist those who flee to America for freedom, we are not only harming them, but also ourselves.
People who wants to move to get a better life don’t want to cause trouble they want to live a normal life. When illegal immigrants cross the border, they cross the border illegally which is a crime they could just go through immigration legally. Not building a wall on the American-Mexican border can help America for growth in the American population. Contrary other officials some believe building a wall on the American-Mexican border can limit or even stop drug smuggling in America. Officials say that the Mexican army found a drug smuggling tunnel under construction near a water purification plant (Canadian Press 1).