Illegal Immigrant Reform Illegal Immigration Essay
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The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution relates to the birth provision and citizenship by the process of naturalization. This law states that all persons born or naturalized in the United States are its citizens and they have a right to all the privileges that come with it. It also explicitly states that no state can take this right away from its citizens.
President Obama's plan to offer amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants is contrary to this law and it has to be amended in the Congress. This is unlikely to happen after the mid-term vote and so the chances of Obama's plan to be successful is less. So, its important that the Federal lawmakers decide on an alternate course of action to tackle this problem quickly and efficiently.
There are two possible solutions to this problem. The first one is to completely seal the border to prevent people from crossing into the U.S. This is easier said than done because of the long border and the tough environment that surrounds the border. Though border patrol is doing a good job, it may simply need more resources and equipment which may not be immediately possible in the wake of the current economic problems.
The second solution is to increase the number of visas and make these immigrants enter the country legally. "As long as there are insufficient employment opportunities in their home countries, people will continue to cross the border into the United States -- whatever way they can -- in order to find jobs to support themselves and their families. One response to the problem, which the McCain-Kennedy bill sought to employ, would be to increase the number of immigrants allowed to enter the country legally under work visas. In theory, this would present economic migrants with an attractive alternative to entering the country illegally -- but it remained an open question whether enough visas would be made available to fill
the enormous demand, or whether immigrants would want to abide by various conditions imposed under the temporary visas." (Mason Crest, 2007,p.14). The law makers from Washington as well as the affected states like California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas should come to an agreement on the best course of action and should implement it quickly. This is important to maintain the delicate social fabric of the country for the present as well as the future.
In short, illegal immigration is a major debate that rages on endlessly in the U.S. "Immigrant advocates say it is not fair to expel illegal immigrant families who have been in the country for a decade or more working hard, staying out of trouble, and bringing up children who know only life in the United States. Still, other Americans insist deportation is the proper punishment for people who break immigration law." (Mason Crest, 2007,p.13) Unfortunately, the current economic crisis has put millions of Americans out of jobs and the influx of illegal immigrants is only going to add more strain to the economy. This will spill over to the society and can cause an increase in crimes and other problems. So, the Federal Government should take active steps to seal the American-Mexican border and prevent any further illegal immigrants from entering the country.
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