The Cons of President Barack Obama’s Immigration and Gun Control Policies
The United States of America was built by the immigration of people searching for freedom. People from all over the world wanted to come to the “land of the free”. “From 1860 to 1920, a total of nearly 30 million foreigners arrived in the United States. Over 400,000 immigrants arrived in 1870 alone, and this figure rose to over 700,000 in 1880 and thereafter. These new people transformed America and ignited sharp divisions over the character and impact of foreign immigration. Indeed, many of our current debates mirror arguments that have taken place since that time (Darrell M. West).” Many people are still attracted to the idea of coming to America in search of freedom and opportunity. The majority of those whom immigrate to the United States, do so legally. In 2011, according to The White House, “there are an estimated 10.8 million people living in the U.S. with no legal status (White House).” Currently, the estimated number of illegal immigrants is reported to have risen. The process to enter the country has evolved from the past which is probably why many people try to bypass the system in place because it can be a hassle. Also, the security and safety of the United States’ borders are a large concern of the immigration reform that is currently being proposed.
The prevention of illegal immigration in the U.S. begins with boarder security. A more secure border will decrease the amount of non-citizens from entering. Building a 21st Century Immigration System, issued May 2011 by the White House, outlines the President’s policy towards immigration. Within this policy, President Obama and the White House staff developed eight proposals for the improvement of border security. A large proposal is “Continuing to invest in technological assets along the border, including unmanned aerial vehicles and surveillance technology programs (White House).” The investment of an increase to border protection technology would be an expensive task. The recent immigration bill passed by the Senate in June 2013 would increase spending on border security by $46 billion. The cost of the new technology is staggering and leaves citizens skeptical of its effectiveness. Moreover, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as ‘drones’, propose an ethical issue among U.S. citizens. “Continuing to support border relief grants to help fund state, local, and tribal agencies grappling with border issues (White House).” This proposal will continue to spend Federal dollars on border security. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, over $46 million in Operation Stonegarden funding was provided to states to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure the border in the 2012 fiscal year. The ultimate goal of border security is to protect the citizens of the United States, but controversy can be created with the amount of spending, effectiveness, and ethical issues.
What does the Federal government do about the illegal immigrants already in the U.S.? The President supports “requiring illegal immigrants to register and submit to rigorous security and verification of eligibility, including submitting their fingerprints for criminal and national security background checks (White House).” How will this action become possible with close to an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S.? To track down and force the illegal immigrants to conform will be a large-scale effort taking time and costing a lot of money. The U.S. Government needs to be more aggressive towards finding illegal immigrants and guiding them towards citizenship or detaining them. Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) supports Arizona`s new anti-illegal immigration law (Jones). “The bill provides law enforcement officials with more authority than...
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