The Level of Legal Immigration

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Theodore S. Domingo Domingo 1

April 2, 2013

English 101A-15

Professor Dave Paonessa

Essay #2 Final Draft

The Level of Legal Immigration

In recent years, a political battle had been in the center of a very heated and controversial

debate is the battle of immigration. Terrorism, the drug war, and the national deficit have all

fueled interest in a long dormant debate. According to the United States Census, “immigration

will propel the U.S. population total to 438 million by 2050…” (Haub). The Hispanic population

alone will exceed to an estimated 100 million, which subsequently is in relevance with the over

60 percent of immigrants coming from Mexico. Proposals have recently been put through by the

President and House of Representatives to deal with various aspects of illegal immigration,

varying from amnesty for existing illegals, guest worker programs, deportation, fines for unpaid

taxes, stricter border enforcement, and so on. However, very little attention has been given to

legal immigration. Yet since this nation has become more and more ethnically diverse than it has

ever been in decades, immigration is in general good for the country, therefore, it should be an

acceptation for America to have this so-called “melting pot” grow more by increasing the level

of people that are allowed to enter the country and work towards citizenship.

Legal immigration should increase to benefit the improvement of the overall image of

America intentionally, as it is seen as an openly welcoming country; immigrants who return

home or maintain contact with family back home have a true image of America, not the one

propagandized in much of the intentional media. It’s no secret that the United has a very

unfavorable image around the world. Most American citizens are proud of their country and are

happy to be here. So why do people have such an unfavorable image aboard? What percentage of

the people in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East that have been sampled in these favorability

opinion polls do others think have actually been to the United States for any significant amount

of time? Think about it, for those that haven’t lived here, their opinion of America is based

almost entirely on the media. Thus, the socialists, communists, and propagandists that dominate

the international news media may be the most responsible for America’s image. This problem

can be alleviated by allowing more people to enter the country. Real people can see what it

means to have freedom of speech, freedom to worship, freedom to publish and assemble. They

can see our diversity and our shunning of those who lack tolerance. They can sample our sports

and entertainment. They can meet for themselves the “evil Americans”. As more people return

home or communicate with loved ones, people around the world will increasingly learn what a

great country we have.

Decreasing or eliminating legal immigration will inevitably create more incentive to

come to the country illegally, which leads to less assimilation and fever taxpaying, law-abiding

citizens. Many individuals have only one true hope for a better for themselves or their children –

emigrate to America. The enormous number of immigrants in this country show that they will try

to get here whether or not there are laws to stop them. Illegal immigrants must hide their

identities. Thus, they aren’t going to be attending American schools, filing tax returns, or doing

other things that typical Americans do. Plus, if they’re already breaking the law by being here,

what’s to prevent them from breaking other laws we have? Legal immigrants, especially those

who plan to stay permanently, must pay taxes and are more likely to attend school to learn

history, English, and a marketable skill. Since they...
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