Illegal Immigration in the U.S.

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Cesar Torres
A Call to Action
Illegal immigration in the United States is one of the most controversial issues of today. The United States is a nation built on immigrants and this is why the nation was deemed “The melting pot,” because of all the different nationalities residing in this country. The argument of immigration and whether or not it enhances or threatens life in the United States is an on-going issue. Although we are trying to protect our citizens, immigration laws treat immigrants poorly. This country needs to re-examine the immigration laws, so that they do not treat immigrants unfairly as well as protect our citizens while protecting the borders. Immigration has been responsible for cultural change and population growth throughout the country. The political, economic, and social aspects of immigration have created much controversy in regards to ethnicity, job security, job growth, economic benefits, where people live, not to mention impact on the amount of criminal activity, and work habits. Reinforcing the borders, establishing clear immigration and deportation policies and doing something with those who are already illegally here but are law abiding citizens should be the goal for a new immigration policy. Instead of bickering on what should be done, congressional and senate leaders need to get the job done and come up with a flexible and workable reform to immigration. Illegal aliens currently in the United States should be eligible for legal status in eight years or some form of amnesty, as long as they learned English, had not committed a crime and paid their taxes. The aim should not be to deport a record number of people. Spouses and minor children of a person who have gained legal status should be eligible to join their legalized family member. No one should be separated from their family. The majority of undocumented workers in the United States are currently holding low-wage, less desirable jobs...
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