Immigration is a major problem facing the U.S. today. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants flock to this country every year. Some legally, others illegally. Some are escaping from religious and political oppression while others come to seek out the "American Dream". Either way they are causing nationwide problems. Non-English speaking workers take jobs away from American people because they will work for cheaper wages. Illegal immigrants receive welfare and health care and the money to fund this comes straight from us, the citizens of the United States. Some limitations have to be put on the number of immigrants allowed each year and much stricter border patrols must be installed. Harsher punishments and frequent checks are necessary to keep corporations from hiring illegal aliens. We need to do something about this problem before its to late.
The number of legal immigrants should definitely be lowered to a much more reasonable number. Right now, an average of over 600,000 legal immigrants are granted access to the country. I believe this number should be cut in half. We need to focus on problems facing American citizens, such as poverty, AIDS, cancer, and unemployment. We don’t need 300,00 more people to deal with, we have enough problems with the currents population.
I don’t think certain ethnic groups should be give preference over another group but I think educated workers who can speak English should be granted passage before a poor worker who is coming over here to pick lettuce for minimum wage. The educated people are the immigrants that will cause this country to flourish and they are the ones that should be encouraged to migrate to the U.S.
With some many problems facing the U.S. now, we need to worry about ourselves and try to get ourselves on track before we can worry about saving the world. If we can get our economy going and take care of poverty in our cities, then we can begin to help out the countries of the world. I’m not saying that we should completely cut them off, the poorer places should receive some financial aid, but the majority of our problems lie inside our borders and those are the ones we should be most concerned about.
Illegal immigrants are sucking up hardworking American taxpayer’s money. They are gaining benefits like welfare, public education and health care and the money that funds those benefits comes straight from our wallets. These people are not tax payers and our not helping to deal with American problems.
One of the main reasons that we have such a problem with illegal immigrants is because companies continue to hire them. The U.S. government needs to crack down on these companies to make sure that they are not putting these people to work. After watching news clippings on how easy it is to "sneak" across the border, its no wonder we have so many illegal aliens living in the U.S. It is not the fault of the border patrol guards, but the fault of the U.S. government for one, not having a enough help, and two, not enough barriers. People can basically walk over the U.S./Mexican border without being seen or caught. If they are caught, they usually return the next day. I
Another privilege that should be taken away from illegal aliens is automatic citizenship for children born in the U.S. If the kids are not citizens then they will not be eligible to attend our already over crowded public schools and further discourage people from coming over.
People take sneaking over the boarder as a joke. They can laugh about being caught because nothing can be done and since there are so few guards there is little risk of getting caught. By increasing border guards, cracking down on phony passports and pleas for political asylum in our airports we can stop illegal immigrants from coming over and receiving benefits that they do not deserve. Once we have that problem taken care of we can work on setting up fair legal immigration policies.
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Immigration continues to be the subject of intense national debate. The more than one million immigrants arriving each year have a very significant effect on many areas of American life. The latest data collected by the Census Bureau show that the last decade was the highest in terms of immigrant arrivals in American history. New immigration plus births to immigrants added more than 22 million people to the U.S. population in the last decade, equal to 80 percent of total population growth. Immigrants and their young children (under 18) now account for more than one in five public school students, one-fourth of those in poverty, and nearly one-third of those without health insurance, creating enormous challenges for the nation’s schools, health care system, and physical infrastructure. The large share of immigrants who arrive as adults with relatively few years of schooling is the primary reason so many live in poverty, use welfare programs, or lack health insurance, not their legal status or an unwillingness to work.
Despite the fact that a large share of immigrants have few years of schooling and low incomes, most immigrants do work. In fact, the share of immigrant men holding a job is higher than that of native-born men. Moreover, the evidence examined in this report and other research makes clear that immigrants make significant progress the longer they reside in the United States. This is even true for the least educated. Unfortunately, this progress still leaves them well behind natives in most measures of socio-economic status even after they have been in the United States for decades. The share of adult immigrants who have lived in the United States for 20 years who are still in poverty or lacking health insurance is at least 50 percent higher than for adult natives. And the share of these long-time resident immigrant households using at least one welfare program is nearly twice that of native households.
At the same time that immigration policy has significantly increased the number of less-educated immigrants, there has been a dramatic deterioration in the labor market position of less-educated natives. Comparing data from the beginning of this decade shows a huge decline in the share of young and less-educated natives holding a job — from two-thirds to just under half. The decline in work among young and less-educated natives began well before the Great Recession. It is very difficult to find any evidence of a shortage of less-educated workers in the United States. Some may argue that immigrants only do jobs that Americans do not want, but an analysis by occupations shows that the vast majority of workers in almost every job are U.S.-born, including three-fourths of janitors and two-thirds of construction laborers and meat processors.
A central question for immigration policy is: Should we continue to allow in so many people with little education — increasing potential job competition for the poorest American workers and the population in need of government assistance? Setting aside the lower socio‑economic status of immigrants, no nation has ever attempted to incorporate 40 million newcomers into its society. Those concerned about population growth point to added sprawl, traffic, pollution, and overall impact on the quality of life that may come from causing so much population growth from one government policy — immigration. Supporters of population growth point to the greater opportunities for businesses, workers, and consumers that it may create. However one approaches population increase, it is clear that immigration has become the determinant factor in U.S. population growth. It is equally clear that while immigration makes the U.S. population much larger, it does not make the population significantly younger.
Whatever one’s view of immigration, it is critically important to understand that its effect on America represents a choice. Selection criteria can be altered, as can the total number of people allowed into the country legally. Moreover, the level of resources devoted to reducing illegal immigration can also be reduced or increased.
The goal of this paper has been to provide information about the impact of immigration on American society to better inform the policy discussion about what kind of immigration policy should be adopted in the future. Absent a change in policy, 12 to 15 million additional legal and illegal immigrants will likely settle in the United States in just the next 10 years. Thus, immigration’s impact will continue to grow if current trends continue.
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