Essay On Immigration Reform

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Reforming Immigration The issue of immigration has been a topic of contention since shortly after the inception of the United States. With over 10 million undocumented immigrants in the US (as of 2009), the issue of illegal immigration continues to divide Americans. Some people say that illegal immigration benefits the US economy through additional tax revenue, expansion of the low-cost labor pool, and increased money in circulation. They contend that immigrants bring good values, have motivations consistent with the American dream, perform jobs that Americans won’t take, and that opposition to immigration stems from racism. Opponents of illegal immigration say that aliens who break the law by crossing the US border without proper documentation or by overstaying their visas should be deported and not rewarded with a path to citizenship and access to social services. They argue that illegal aliens are criminals and social and economic burdens to law-abiding, tax-paying Americans. There have been many attempts to address this issue, most of them…show more content…
It is an overburdened system, confusing for the lay person, ineffective and costly. Part of the reason for this is the lack of comprehensive immigration reform for over 30 years. The last major piece of legislation passed was the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. It enacted many of the employment laws the public is familiar with now, introduced the I-9 (which is required for lawful employment), and granted amnesty for those who had been in the country prior to 1982. Another major reform is far overdue. This proposed reform act would include much of the same types of provisions. Specifically: Registration and amnesty for all current undocumented immigrants, a National ID card program to streamline and simplify the documentation process, and clearer routes to legal
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