Population and Illegal Immigration in the United States

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During the first 2 million years of the United States’ history, the human population was a minor element in the world ecosystem, with at most 10 million members. One Hundred thousand years ago, with the dawning of the Stone Age, the number of human beings began to increase more rapidly. The relative balance before these times gave way when the human population developed methods of agriculture and animal breeding. This enabled them to stay in one location upon the earth instead of searching for food. Population growth during the 20th century was notably rapid. In 1994, the total world population was estimated at about 5.6 billion people. It increased nearly 4 billion people during the 20th century. The most significant world trend shows that death rates are currently decreasing due to recent technology, allowing people to live longer and better. However, the birth rates are increasing in poor countries, and decreasing in wealthy nations, causing the population to increase. “Eighty-eight percent of the world’s population takes place in Third world countries. More than a billion people today are paid less than one hundred and fifty dollars a year, which is less than the average American earns in a week” (Microsoft Encarta). This causes the majority of poorly paid people to come to the United States of America in search of a better life. This leads to a question that is being discussed by the presidential candidates, and also many congressmen who are running for election in their states. Should America open its borders to attract more workers to our prosperous economy? More than 1 million people are entering the U.S. legally every year. From 1983 through 1992, 8.7 million people of these immigrants arrived on American soil, the highest of any decade since 1910. A record 1.8 million was granted permanent residence in 1991. Due to our present law in the United States, that stresses family unification, these arrivals can bring over their spouses, sons, and daughters; adding up to 3.5 million waiting in line to come to America. Latin America’s population is now 390 million (Censuses 1990). This number is projected to be over eight hundred million by the year 2005. Mexico’s population has tripled since World War II. One third of the population of Mexico is under 10 years of age. The effects of this, are, wi... ... middle of paper ... ...ring an illegal immigrant. They have no respect for such a wonderful and lovely nation. America is the greatest country on earth; we should allow only the elite and ones who deserve to join our nation. We should not allow just anyone who applies for a VISA, this is the United States people must earn and work to earn their citizenship and right to be an American. Bibliography “Immigration into the United States.“ March 1994, Online. Road Runner, October14 2000. Available @ “Immigration.” January 1990; Online. Road Runner, October 16 2000. Available @ “Immigration within our borders.“ September 28 1996; Online. Road Runner. Available @ “US Visa Consultants Ltd.“ February 1992; Online. Road Runner, October 16 2000. Available @ Handlin, Oscar. Immigration. “Microsoft Encarta 1997.” Copyright 1997. Jouar, Jim. Immigration. “Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia 1996” Copyright 1996.
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