Immigration Laws Essay

1531 WordsMay 27, 20127 Pages
Immigration Laws The Department of homeland security states that there were 11.2 million illegal immigrants living in the United States in early 2010, essentially no change from 11.1 million in 2009. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, this number has declined for the first time in two decades from a peak of 12 million in 2007 (Passel, and D'Vera). This could possibly be attributed due to the current economic struggles and the increased enforcement in controlling the borders with Mexico. President Barack Obama has pledged to implement an overhaul of the federal immigration laws, a challenge with current Arizona immigration laws which are much stricter. His administration approaches flawed areas which have contributed to illegal immigrants reaming in the US. The market for undocumented immigrants also has an effect on economic benefits, and data suggests that recent treaty agreements pose a threat on our immigration laws and security against American citizens due to drug trafficking and violent crimes. America is a nation of immigrants but in order to ensure US borders are protected, the federal government needs to increase and enforce illegal immigration laws. Arizona has taken a leading approach to enforce and implement stricter immigration laws although there aren’t any indications that enforcement is driving people to leave the US but it’s certainly a clever attrition strategy. The Arizona Senate Bill 1070 is aimed at enforcing and discouraging illegal immigrants from entering or remaining in the state ("Arizona State Senate Forty-ninth Legislature, Second Regular Session"). By creating stricter laws, it is intended to make life so difficult and have immigrants opt to go home. Since Arizona’s SB 1070, other states to include Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Utah have adopted similar laws within recent years ("Legal Language

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