Short Paper: Week Five
Saundra D. Hale
In the United States today, immigration is a hot topic that has left the country divided on how to proceed with immigration reform. Economic factors, nationalism, and politics all contribute to the immigration debate, as the “us” versus “them” becomes a common theme among American citizens and immigrants. Surveys show that 53% of the population favor deporting illegal immigrants, while 40% believe they should be allowed to stay within the country (Sitler, 2010). Though public opinion of Latin American immigrants has risen over the years, other minorities are not seen as favorable. In addition, 52% of the population feel that immigrants take away employment and housing opportunities for American citizens (Sitler, 2010). Others argue that immigrants simply fill the jobs Americans do not want. No matter the view, immigration is a topic that must be discussed and understood. To better understand immigration, it is best to define exactly what immigration means. At best, it can described as an individual who seeks a new country due to the need for better resources, economic and educational opportunities, and to secure a more positive future for the individual and their descendants. As time passes and nations change physically, politically and economically, immigration can be seen as an inevitable event for any country or region (Weinstein, 2010). Even societies viewed as closed for many decades, such as China and Russia, have citizens from other countries mixing in with their native populations, looking to change their surroundings and hopefully contribute in a positive way to their new homeland. While those nations no doubt have very strict immigration laws and policies, they are not immune to immigration. In terms of the United States, long seen as the “country of immigration” and land of opportunity throughout the world given its economic...
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