The current governing immigration policy is the Immigration and Naturalization Act, it mainly focuses on immigration based on family and employment, but also includes a 70,000 persons quota on refugees seeking asylum. There is such an urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform because the Immigration and Naturalization Act does not provide solutions for illegal immigrants or offer a path to citizenship for people who are undocumented. Although politicians haven’t made overwhelming progress in terms of imm...
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...ly targets immigrants and puts them at a great disadvantage. It is not difficult to see the inherent injustice that exists in restricting people who have such a great respect for American ideals from fulfilling their basic political rights.
When Congress is writing legislation concerning immigration reform, they should consider tackling the issue from historical, political, and philosophical standpoints. Writing comprehensive immigration policy is difficult because of political divides and an fundamental inability of America’s legislature to overcome its partisan issues and find a solution to an issue that has lead to the deportation of nearly two million people. However, legislators may be able to overcome partisan divides if they understand the history of failed comprehensive immigration reform and importance of the “America is a nation of immigrants” philosophy.
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