The United States Immigration Policy

1305 Words6 Pages
The United States immigration policy is in immediate need of a reform in order to maintain the nation’s societal, cultural, and economic needs. Reason being is because the main tasks the federal government is accountable for, acquires to regulate our borders and governs or limits individuals entering the United States. Regrettably, the federal government has continuously failed at solving this problematic situation, leading an estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants and approximately 40 percent of dishonest immigrants overstaying on their legal visa term (Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 2813, 2013, ¶ 4). Congress and the administration has also not been successful at reforming the broken visa structure that indicates those who comes to the U.S on a temporary visa, ensuring that they do not stay permanently. “Democrats generally favor initiatives that offer legal protections and even benefits to many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country” (Greenblatt, 2015, p.1). In this case majority of the illegal immigrants crossed over unlawfully or had over stayed visas (Immigration Lecture slides). The Immigration policy should be altered or reformed to avoid the on-going controversial unsecured border regulations and put in place a system that provides a robust security structure disabling those to enter illegally. Policy Options: The first option would be of course to protect while increasing the efforts to improve our border security. According to Advancing the Immigration Nation: Heritage’s Positive Path to Immigration and Border Security Reform, “A secure border between the U.S. and Mexico would be an engine for economic growth, facilitating the legitimate exchange of people, goods, and services. Moreover, it ... ... middle of paper ... ..., “Advancing the Immigration Nation: Heritage’s Positive Path to Immigration and Border Security Reform,” Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 2813, June 14, 2013, Fitz, Marshall, Angela Kelley, and Ann Garcia. "The “Border Security First” Argument: A Red Herring Undermining Real Security." Center For American Progress. 29 Mar. 2011. Web. Class Resources: Immigration Lecture Slides Notes Caplan, B. (Winter 2012). Why Should We Restrict Immigration? Cato Journal, 5-25. Greenblatt, A. (2015, June 5). Immigration. CQ Researcher. Retrieved from
Open Document