Should Amnesty Be Granted to Illegal Aliens?

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Amnesty in the United States In The Economic Consequences of Amnesty for Unauthorized Immigrants, written by economists Orrenius and Zavodny, from 1969 to 2009 as many as 11 million undocumented immigrants have come to America, mainly from Mexico, Central America and Asian countries (Cato Journal 87). There are many amnesty proposals by both democrats and republicans since there is no denying that the American immigration system is broken. The alternative to amnesty is immoral and unethical, which would consist of deporting and punishing families, including children, who have come to America for a better life in the pursuit of happiness. It is unethical to deport 11 million people, therefore undocumented immigrants that have been here for a certain length of time or came as a child should be given a path to citizenship to make it possible for them to legally live and work in the United States, although government would have to impose certain policies first and certain requirements would have to be met by the immigrants in order for them to gain amnesty. Deporting so many people seems to be immoral, considering many of them contribute to society. For example, by paying taxes and maintaining America’s food supply while earning low wages, and are therefore members of society (Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform 3). According to Joseph H. Carens, irregular immigrants should be given amnesty if they have been in the United States for a long time, such as 5-7 years, since they already firmly established themselves as members of society (Carens 4). One anecdote Carens uses as an example in his case for amnesty is the case of Marguerite Grimmond: “Grimmond was born in the United States but moved to Scotland with her mother as a young child. At the age of 80, she left the United Kingdom for a family vacation to Australia. It was her first time away

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