The controversy over immigration has typically overlooked the political purpose of immigration: to supply citizens who will cherish and uphold the American Founding principles of equality and liberty, of government by consent and the rule of law. Founding a new nation and then perpetuating it are the two greatest challenges of statesmen. Part of that task of perpetuation—and Abraham Lincoln reminded us that it can be a more difficult task than founding—is creating new citizens. In the United States this has involved turning immigrants into citizens. Thus, Jefferson, whose Declaration of Independence did more than any other document to make America a nation of immigrants, warned against accepting immigrants who would bring with them anti-republican principles from the Old World.
One such misconception is something that will surprise you. Many Americans believe that the government cannot prohibit its citizens from voting, but the truth is - if Americans read their Constitution, they would be shocked to see that in no where does it provide that Americans are forever entitled to the right to vote. With that arises the question – does America need a “Voting Rights” Amendment enumerated into the constitution? Quite frankly – Yes, yes it does. The problem with the current system is that voting is in fact an inferred right – Although accepted as a right by the general populace, the failure of the U.S. Constitution to directly enumerate it leaves it room for interpretation and manipulation.
America is a wonderful place to live, so should immigration become legalized, meaning as soon as a foreigner steps on U.S soil should they be considered a U.S citizen or should immigration stay illegal for those who do not go through the naturalization process? Many people may look down on immigration because they see immigrants just coming to the United States and ?taking? jobs from less fortunate Americans, which in all honestly those Americans are not willing to do those jobs anyways, but that still remains to be a huge debate. Americans tend to frown upon immigration because if immigrants take the time to actually come to this country, they should take the time to become a legalized citizen of the U.S, but even if immigrants did so would Americas opinions really change? Another problem people see with immigrants is the increase of population, some may see this as a huge dilemma and in some eyes it is completely true, but at the same time immigrants come to this country wanting to start a new life.
More often than not the bottom line in any debate of this sort is money; will more or less immigration mean more or less money for those already in America. The moral debates come down to a question of who we are as a nation and how we want the rest of the world to perceive Americans. If this great country was forged and built by immigrants passing through “the golden door” , then how can this same country turn away new immigrants. The inscription on the Statue of Liberty invites all to enter, yet not all are allowed to enter. Immigration has become a selective process with many gray areas.
How would you feel if you were denied the opportunity to give you and your family a chance at a better life? Currently there have been many issues and conflicts concerning immigration in America, but many people rush to pick a side instead of thinking about the people who have to deal with the United States strict immigration policy. The United States itself was built and enhanced by immigrants who fled their country to find a better life for themselves, their families, and future generations. So, whom are we denying them this opportunity? Therefore the United States congress must revise the immigration policy making the process of immigration easier to apply for by lessening the qualifications, the cost, and shortening the period of
These helps protect citizens’ benefits from the immigrants that come to U.S. Even though many of those citizens abuse these benefits in a prideful way; “Compassion and fairness ‐‐” (Leppala), these two ideas have been competing against each other over the debate with the U.S. immigrants. The government has not yet passes most of the immigration laws because of many reasons including population increase. They are trying to find a way for immigrants to become citizens in an easier manner, making sure that no one cuts in line. Also the government is also making sure that criminals or anyone with criminal records do not get this benefit.
Immigration can be described as a person relocating to a new place and settling in a form of advancement. While there are benefits to having immigration, people do not always view the positive side for both parties. Native people often view immigration as a threat to their country by arguing about the lack of jobs and some illegal immigrants take advantage of receiving help from the government. However, according to the Cato Journal, immigrants both legal and illegal contribute to the growth of the economy and the creation of jobs.Regardless of being a native born citizen, any person living in the U.S mus... ... middle of paper ... ... variety of skills. With regards to the United States, the struggle to enter the nation for a better environment and more advancement possibilities has only gotten bigger instead of diminishing.
There is a lot of sentiment and negativity towards allowing immigrants to be in the United States. Those against immigration think immigrants are controlling our country. That the President is too soft and should kick them all out. Immigrants shouldn’t be kicked out just because they’re not a citizen. America is the land of the free and opportunities, but that phrase itself is an
From where did they arrive? What is their educational background? Recent Census Bureau data shows that “nearly 14 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) settled in the country from 2000 to 2010, making it the highest decade of immigration in American history.” (Camarota October, 2011) Figure 1 depicts the immigrant population in the United States for the last 110 years with 2010 being the largest with 40 million total immigrants. Figure 1 also illustrates the percentage the Unit... ... middle of paper ... ...ed November 20, 2011. http://www.nber.org/papers/w12497. (Ottaviano et al.
Our federal government does not agree, which is why we have several laws concerning the deportation of illegal immigrants. Others, who see past the simple idea of living here as a means of being an American, may say that your characteristics help to define you as an American. Yet the most agreeable answer would be a combination of the two. An American would be someone who lives in America legally, and also holds within themselves various characteristics, which among these include an over-abundance of confidence,