The Issue Of Illegal Immigration

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America is a country which is entirely made up of immigrants who cme from different parts of the world. As a result, the issue of immigration especially illegal immigration has been a sensitive issue for America 's illegal immigrants who are aliens that came to United States without permission or those immigrants who stayed in United States beyond their visa date. With the increasing number of illegal immigrants who come to America in search of a better life, the issue of illegal immigration needs a special attention. U.S. immigration laws and policies have been revised and amended several times to address this issue thoroughly. Different attempts have been made by the government in order to legalize illegal immigrants. The recent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) policy is one of such polices that attempt to solve the problem of illegal immigrants temporarily. DACA policy has a positive and negative effect on America’s economy, immigrants’ lives and on the general society. Before discussing the effects of DACA policy, it is important to look into its historical background. Before the introduction of the DACA policy, in 2001 Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah proposed the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to the congress; a bill which gives temporary lawful immigration status and provides opportunities for young people to study, work and have the opportunity to serve in the military in America. Since then, there were several unsuccessful attempts made by the congress to make the DREAM Act a law. As Khadaroo and Paulson writes, a vote for DREAM Act is currently pending as it has been for several years. However, on June 15, 2012 the secretary of Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano ... ... middle of paper ... ...o give them a chance to look for jobs that match their skills and ability. Since educated immigrants have a better chance of getting higher paying jobs, the increase in income appeared to create much difference among educated immigrants than less educated immigrants. This is because, as Aleman points out, the benefits of having legal status are larger for workers in skilled occupation than that of unskilled occupation (4). Although it is clear that the education status of the illegal immigrant will determine the increase in income, generally the legalization of illegal immigrants will have a positive effect on their wage. Secondly, Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) Policy has a negative effect on illegal immigrant’s life. While applying for DACA, applicants are required to give information not only about themselves but also about their family members and their

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