Congress Should Naturalize Illegal Immigrants

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Immigration Policy The inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” (“The New Colossus”) This quotation epitomizes the concept that America is a land of refuge for all nations. The current American immigration policies are too strict. I believe America should naturalize the illegal immigrants for three reasons. The first reason is they provide significant economic benefits; the second reason is a mass deportation operation would wreak havoc on our economy. The third reason is, most illegal residents are otherwise law-abiding people. I believe Congress should pass the Immigration Reform proposed by President Obama. This is a plan for earning citizenship whose prerequisites are “paying their taxes and a penalty, learning English, and undergoing…show more content…
There are four main parts to the bill: strengthening our border, making legal immigration easier and faster, earning citizenship and preventing employers from exploiting illegal immigrants. President Obama wants to use the Border Patrol to remove only the malevolent immigrants, and to use new technology and innovations. He proposes making the immigration process easier by approving more visas to business owners and students. Further, the bill calls for earned citizenship for illegal immigrants through background checks, learning English and paying taxes. Finally, President Obama wants to prevent the exploitation of illegal immigrants by giving employers a dependable way to verify citizenship status (“Immigration Reform”). I am in favor of this reform because I do not believe people coming to this country in search of a better life should be punished because of our inadequate immigration
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