Illegal Immigration – An Alternate Proposal The immigration debate in the U.S. is complicated by history, economics, political correctness and emotion. Some would argue that the Federal Government has not enforced the current immigration laws leading states like Arizona to enact their own immigration policies (Bender). On the other side of the debate, the U.S. Congress has pending legislation known as the “Dream Act” that would provide a pathway to permanent residency for those under 18 brought to this country illegally. Some argue that the cost of finding, apprehending and deporting illegal immigrants is justified to protect the citizens of the United States, while others would argue that in the end, the cost does not get the desired
Labelling a person as an illegal alien portrays that the individual, as opposed to his or her actions, is unlawful. By using this term Dwyer implies that the person’s very existence as an authorized migrant in the country is criminal. His use of the term is not only dehumanizing, but also racial and ethnically biased. Conclusion In conclusion, the article portrays a detailed discussion on Dwyer’s views towards the gun control law and the state of the country under the current government. He uses language to sway his readers and provides evidence to support his views.
Implementing laws to reduce the number of immigrants entering the United States illegally that lead to racial profiling has caused many controversial issues and arguments among people. For example, on April 23,2010 Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, signed S.B. 1070 into law. That would prevent some immigrants from entering the country illegally. The law requires Arizona police officers to question any one they reasonably suspect of being an illegal alien.
My argument is that the United States government should not put as much time and effort into stopping illegal immigration. The current system wastes a lot of time and money trying to prevent illegal immigration and trying to deport every illegal immigrant that they find. Illegal immigration is when someone who is not a US citizen comes to the United States to live without having the proper papers and going through the process of becoming a citizen. Many Americans believe that they are losing jobs to these illegal immigrants and that illegal immigration should be stopped. The issue with that is that there is currently no way to stop all of the illegal immigrants from making their way into the United States.
Just because they are here in this country doesn’t automatically grant them the rights and privileges of an American. If illegal immigrants want Americans have, then they have to go though the proper channels and go though the immigration process legally. Only after they are paying taxes and health insurance premiums do they get to be entitled to share in the benefits that America has to offer. As a nation we have worked hard to afford the affluence that we have and illegal immigrants have no right to cross the border and steal what they have not earned. Illegal immigrants may be people, but until they become American people, they need to go back where they cam from.
Proposition 187 called for the denial of health, education, and social services to those people who are not registered citizens of the United States, or to those who are not legal immigrants. The requirements in order for this to be carried out however were great, requiring administrators and law enforcement to check on people’s citizenship status. Proposition 187 recognized illegal immigration as a serious problem that
Racism and discrimination is not accepted in mainstream society. However, SB 1070 contradicts this belief of equal tolerance. This type of law opens the door for racial profiling. It is empowering law enforcement officers to practice a form of racial profiling. As stated by Kristina M. Campbell, “It was heavily criticized as a law whose enforcement would rely on racial profiling of Latinos and other racial minorities and that would require anyone to produce proof of citizenship to law enforcement officers on demand.”(Campbell 1) SB 1070 is visibly targeting immigrants from Mexico.
The U.S. Constitution forbids ex post facto laws, which declare certain acts to be illegal after the behavior occurs. The Constitution also requires that criminal laws be written in precise terms so that a citizen can determine * No crime without a criminal act * In American criminal justice, the government punishes people for what they do rather than for what they think or say. The First Amendment protects an individual's freedom of thought and speech. The failure to act, however, can be a crime in situations in which an individual has a legal responsibility to do something. Tax laws and child‐neglect laws are two examples.
One of the most interesting is their claim that restricting legal immigration will simply force people to immigrate illegally. In other words, they accept that illegal immigration is a problem and argue that restrictions on legal immigration will simply increase illegal immigration. This is a legitimate concern but a relatively weak argument for immigration. Legal immigration does not merely constrain illegal immigration it offers real benefits to American society. Not everyone who applies to immigrate to the United States is accepted.
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