Crossing a Not So Imaginary Line In The Sand Essay

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It is estimated that every day as many as ten thousand illegal immigrants cross the border into the United States from Mexico. On both sides of this controversial debate, people agree the amount of undocumented workers here in the United States is a problem and something should be done. The only options left are to either follow the law or alter it. President Barrack Obama states, “In the end, our broken immigration system affects more than a single community; it affects our entire country. And as we continue to strengthen our economy and jump-start job creation, we need to do so with an immigration system that works, not the broken system we have now,” which is agreed by both sides of this debate, something needs to be done, but what? To begin understanding the argument of how this matter should be handled, an understanding of why so many of these twelve million immigrants are here. “The vast majority of immigrants who look to the United States for a new home look north from the south, and the vast majority from Mexico. These immigrants flee not the destruction and ravages of war, but the slower decay and death of poverty. They look north for economic opportunity: most of them come here simply to have a better life, to work, to help family members still in the south, to give their children food and education and health care,” explains Seth Polley of the Anglican Theological Review. United States immigration laws are complex, and many do not fall into the categories in order to become a lawful citizen. Due to strict immigration categories, permanent legal status is not available to the majority of the world’s population, thus many enter the United States illegally. (Polley 734) Going into the argument about illegal immigration may not be so cut and dry like many other political issues, where one party believes things should be one way and another believes

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