Improving Illegal Immigration In The United States
“We should honor every legal immigrant here, working hard to become a new citizen. But we are also a nation of laws.”
- President Bill Clinton
You may notice that there are increasing numbers of people moving to the United States. They come from everywhere around the world and choose to settle in the United States. It is happening for many reasons, such as temperature, breeding, economic, political, family re-unification, natural disaster, poverty or the wish to change their surroundings voluntarily. In my experience, the reason why most Chinese people move to the United States is because the economy is more developed than China. They wish to get a green card in the U.S. There are several ways to get a green card in the United States. For example, people who work in the United States may have a chance to get green card, and people who married with a U.S. citizen can get a green card. However, some people may not meet the requirements but they still want to immigrate to the United States. So they try to find other ways to enter and stay in the United States. People who want to immigrate to the U.S. may get temporary work visas and then never leave. This is one of the reasons that illegal immigration has become widespread. Illegal immigration has long been a problem in the United States, especially since the latter half of the twentieth century. There are a lot of people who lives in the U.S. as an undocumented alien. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, it said that In October 2008, the illegal immigrant population stood at 11.9 million. Although the number of illegal immigration is decreasing, it stills a lot of illegal immigrants in the United States. Therefore, people cannot ignore the problem. The possible solution of illegal immigration is amnesty, stop hiring illegal aliens, and the best solution is legalization of people who have contribution of their workplace and good personality. Legal immigrants have been welcomed to the United States for centuries; at the same time a high rate of illegal immigration has been tolerated for many years. The origins of illegal immigration date to the late nineteenth century. According to the article “Illegal Immigration Across The U.S.- Mexico Border”, immigration was began at six years after the ratification of the Constitution, Congress passed the first immigration legislation- The Naturalization Act of 1795, which restricted “citizenship to ‘free white persons’ who reside in the United States for five years and renounce their allegiance to their former country”(Skinner 2). The history of illegal immigration stars from when America was a free country and many people migrated here, but after some time the migration was out of control and needed to be stopped. Illegal immigration has become a serious social problem because it has a bad influence on society. Richard S Schwelker, the United States Senator, states, “In the last several years, millions of undocumented aliens have illegally immigrated to the United States. They have breached our nation’s immigration laws, displaced many Americans from jobs, and placed an increased financial burden on many states and local governments” (235). As I mentioned before, there are 11.9 millions immigrants were living in the United States illegally. It is about 30 percent of the nation’s foreign-born population. Most of them are Mexican. The huge amount of illegal immigration will have a devastating impact on the nation’s social structure, on the economy, and on some long-suffering citizens. Also, not every immigrant is rich; some people are poor such as Hispanics. As more poor people enter the country, poverty will go up. The United States already has a huge racially segregated population, and the life of lower class is not improving. Most immigrants and their children are living in poverty, with little prospect for economic improvement in the near term, but their...
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