Illegal Immigration into the United States
One of the most controversial political issues is illegal immigration from Mexico. Somewhat overlooked until September 11, illegal immigration became a hot button issue after these events because of the easy access for terrorists to come into the United States. Illegal immigration into the United States is a problem that needs to be stopped, because it is unfair to both Americans and to the people of the country that they come from. The majority of the illegal immigrants in the US are from Mexico (Marek, 30). Roy Beck, a former journalist and frequent speaker on population and immigration issues, says "The national consensus is that the United States should be a post-mass immigration country that has included most leaders of business, religion, labor, academia, and social work." ("Illegal Immigration", 12) Illegal immigration from Mexico must be stopped, because the effects on both Mexico and the United States are mostly unfavorable. First, there have already been many policies and ways of preventing illegal immigrants from entering the U.S. that could be strictly enforced now. Proposition 187 is an immigration law clamping down illegal aliens, used in California, the state with the most illegal immigrants. It doubled the number of border guards, made it harder for legal immigrants to bring their families over, not permitting as much political asylum and was harder on illegal aliens already here. ("Illegal Immigration", 7) NAFTA hasn't reduced as much illegal immigration as had been hoped, but it helped Mexico recover faster from its economic crisis in '94-'95, which has stopped a larger flood of people, since most immigrants tend to come to the U.S. in times of Mexican economic depression. (Schrager, 1) The major reason Mexicans tend to illegally immigrate is to find jobs. A bill shown to the House, by California would let the employer enter a job applicant's social security number over the phone to receive...
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