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Immigration Issues Essay

2434 words - 10 pages

Dr. Horowitz
Communications 2
4-29-13
Immigration in America: the Hardships Illegal Immigrants Go Through
America is known as the land of opportunity, where people see gratitude and happiness. In an illegal immigrant’s eyes, they see a chance for a new beginning; a chance at a better life, commonly known as the “American Dream.” Immigrants most often come to the United States looking for that chance to start a new life. People from a variety of places come to the U.S. illegally. In America, there are vast regions filled with immigrants suffering through impractical difficulties; yet immigration has had a huge impact on the normal life of America. In the past several years, many ...view middle of the document...

S. before they can do harm (Chaudry 2).
Everyone has flaws, even governmental agencies, and ICE is no exception. ICE has many laws and policies that tend toward persecution. Many volunteer organizations and government help groups look unfavorably to these policies. According to the report Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America's Children, "Congress should modify immigration laws to take into account the circumstances and interests of children, especially U.S. citizen children, during deportation proceedings." The list of changes that could be made to provide more efficient help is endless. Reports from the DHS office of Inspector General and the U.S. Government Accountability Office also recommended many changes that ICE should make on their enforcement strategies. For example, "ICE should develop alternatives to detention for parents who represent neither a danger to the community nor a flight risk; ICE should minimize the transfer of detainees to remote locations and support children's communication and visitation with detained parents." (Chaudry 2).
Immigration goes further back than the days of discovery with the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the American Continent. Slowly over time, people like Columbus and other explorers came to the New World. Then European settlers came from the great lands of Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Asia (even though they had largely been excluded by law). People all over the world have been coming to this land and slowly developed what we know today as America. People in government always seem to ask themselves, “why do these people come here?” when the simple answer is, these people are looking for a better life. There are many reasons why immigrants would come to the U.S. They might be fleeing a war going on in their homeland, or the economy went bad and they are looking for more substantial economic lives. Personal security is also a big reason why immigrants come here, while others are looking to escape the dictation on their personal beliefs like religion (Cox 1).
Immigrants already in the U.S. tend to live in small communities where people speak their native language. The reason behind this is it is useful and sometimes a necessity to live around other people who speak the same language for any kind of situation that may arise concerning English. If a person does not understand English, then someone else can help that person out. Immigrants that are similar to each other live together because it is a great way to get information or some sort of news spread throughout the neighborhood that is vital for the lives of the immigrants (Sanchez 3).
Immigration started to become a dilemma in the late 1700s. In 1798, the Alien and Sedition Acts were passed which required 14 years (soon to be changed to five years in 1800) of residency before citizenship and provided for the deportation of “dangerous” aliens. In 1880, the U.S. population was 50,155,783. More than 5.2...

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