Illegal Immigration and Homeland Security

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Andrew M
Ms. Sigler
ENG 165.43
25 April 2010
Defending the Frontiers
One of the most controversial political issues today is the topic of Illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is a problem that affects all Americans. Illegal immigration describes the long term shift of populations across national borders without complying with the legal requirements. Illegal immigration is probably one of the oldest controversial topics, for the last thousand years beginning with the foundations of ancient Rome and Europe in the middle ages immigration and border security has been one of the biggest problems a country can overcome. Motte-and-bailey keeps and castles were first formed to protect a small courtyard and keep from being attacked from outsiders. They would surround their lands with a large wooden fence and only allow a single point of entry onto their grounds. Sitting on top of the motte near the rear of the lands stood another wooden fence surrounding the wooden or stone structure known as the keep. These wooden structures did not last for long as they could burn down easily; but with the utilization of stone innovations taken from middle eastern Muslims, Europe soon began much bigger stone castles with layers of stone walls and eventually brought back rural living by employing these techniques to surround entire cities.

Illegal immigration into the United States is currently massive in scale. More than 10 million undocumented aliens currently reside in the U.S., and that population grows by 700,000 per year. The outrageous number of immigrants stands to show the great attractiveness of America, though on the negative side it stands to show how dangerously open our borders really are. When three out of every 100 people in America are undocumented (or possess forged and faked papers), there is clearly a profound security problem. Even though they pose no real security threat, the presence of millions of undocumented migrants distort the law and effectively...
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