This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Immigration Debate Essay

1936 words - 8 pages

Immigration Debate
October 21, 2013

Immigration Debate

America always was and still is a nation filled with a diverse group of people, many who have come from different countries. There have always been people on both sides of the fence, even back then on the subject, and we still have the same issue today. People have always been coming into the United States throughout history both legally and illegally. The issue has always been a topic of debate; even more so with each passing day. During the 1870s and on up through the 1920s a huge wave of immigration changed our history. Immigrants came from all over the world in search of both new lives and opportunities in what ...view middle of the document...

Most of which came through Ellis Island and most commonly lived in tenements. Today however we face new challenges when it comes to immigration. We have many legal immigrants coming to the country as well as a great influx of illegal immigrants as well. In the year 2010 there were 39.9 million foreign born people in our country. Only 44 percent of those were naturalized citizens the rest are a mix of permanent residents, and illegal immigrants. The immigrants today are around 13 percent of the population and continuing to rise as years go on. This has been a common debate among the people of this country throughout history and is still at the forefront of debates now. People on both sides want to find a resolution to the rising “problem” but have yet to come to any one solution. From a country that once stood on the principle of “give me your tired your poor,” to now saying “no vacancy.” I think Franklin D. Roosevelt said it the best when he said “Remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
Let’s break down immigration in terms of pros and cons to see if we can once and for all settle this debate. On the pro side, immigration helps our farm owners. Immigrants have proved to be a steady supply of the labor force that work the lands often willing and able to work the rustic and back breaking work that farmers endure. While we are talking about rustic and back breaking work, I would like to point out that immigrants are more willing to work unfavorable industries such as farming, janitorial, manufacturing, etc. than many Americans. What some citizens might consider “unfavorable conditions” might differ from what immigrants consider unfavorable. This leads to another positive to immigration which is immigrants help fill the labor shortage. These positives to immigration are all connected to a common theme. They are willing to do the work that most citizens are not so they fill the gaps. In filling these gaps, they ensure the industries with the “unfavorable conditions” are able to remain productive and in business hence strengthening our economy.
Many people would debate the positives of immigration and cite specific negatives associated with it. There is a belief that immigration has a monumental impact on our economy. Statistics show that immigrants while living here and making money in America often ship their wealth back to their families in their home countries essentially removing that wealth from America rather than investing in America’s economy. This is one of the biggest changes from the first immigrants that came to this country. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the wave of immigration was massive with one difference, back then people were moving here to stay here, to build a new life with their families and reinvested the wealth they gained into owning homes, cars, etc. Another impact immigration has is job competition during tough...

Other assignments on Immigration Debate

Branches Of Government Essay

1299 words - 6 pages subcommittee. These committees are all working to improve the greater good of a specific area or jurisdiction. Because of this, what is best for one area may not be what is best for another? For example, the immigration issue which may not directly affect people in the northern states as much as it may affect people in the southern states. The majority of bills introduced, do not make it through committee due to lacking importance and or are

Societies Of Europe Essay

1430 words - 6 pages through Europe’s history and economic progress (National Geographic 2015). European identity has been described as a generalised mode of self-understanding through which groups, whole societies, movements, and so forth, define their relation to others (Delanty 2003). However the politics of Europe deals with the continually evolving politics within the continent, with the issue of immigration an increasing debate within Europe. In 2005, the Danish

The Reality Of Global Warming

950 words - 4 pages effort to correct the environmental problems that it may cause in the not-so-distant future. While some political parties find other issues such as unemployment and immigration more important than a receding o-zone layer and disappearing specie, other, more liberal groups, seem to find environmental issues a top priority because of the impending danger it could pose. For now, neither side of the global warming debate can definitively prove the

Unit 2 Aiu Db

875 words - 4 pages fought for in our history all together. We have come full circle. Coleman, M. (2007). A Geopolitics of Engagement: Neoliberalism, the War on Terrorism, and the Reconfiguration of US Immigration Enforcement. Geopolitics, 12(4), 607-634. doi:10.1080/14650040701546087 Matthew Coleman does go into the boarder crisis and the security issues with all the Illegal aliens crossing the border and the possibility of terrorist being among them. I do

Poli 102

2830 words - 12 pages characterized by nepotism in a single-party system. Elazar's geographical mappings feature California as a mixture of individualistic and moralistic cultures, which often exist in tension. These tensions are evident in policy debates in California’s legislature and in popular initiatives proposed and enacted by the people. California’s 1994 smoking ban illustrates these tensions. The debate ensuing pitted a community’s desire for a healthy

Gay Marriage

2119 words - 9 pages top influence on their opinions about several other social and political issues, including how the government should deal with immigration, the environment and poverty. In recent years, same-sex marriage has been a contentious subject within many religious groups in the There are 16 religious groups that has taken a stand on this issue. These different religious groups all argue that allowing gay people to be married is an abomination. The

International Marketing

1687 words - 7 pages 2.0 CULTURE OF MALAYSIA The culture of Malaysia draws on the varied cultures of the different people of Malaysia. The first people to live in the area were indigenous tribes that still remain; they were followed by the Malays, who moved there from mainland Asia in ancient times. Chinese and Indian cultural influences made their mark when trade began with those countries, and increased with immigration to Malaysia. Other cultures that heavily


2728 words - 11 pages ... |   | | Umusad kahapon ang kontrobersyal na Reproductive Health (RH) bill makaraang mapaaga ang botohan kung dapat ba o hindi na ituloy ang debate ukol dito.Sa pamamagitan ng "viva voce voting" idineklara ni presiding House Speaker Arnulfo Fuentabella na panalo ang "ayes" o yes vote sa "nye" o no vote sa mosyon ni House majority leader Neptali Gonzales na i-terminate o tuldukan na ang debate sa RH bill.Sinabi ni Gonzales na sinimulan pagdebatehan ang RH bill

His/145 Fifties And Sixties

2334 words - 10 pages equal Begin Match to source 2 in source list:–1968)&Itemid=176voting rights, the Immigration and Nationality Services Act of 1965End MatchBegin Match to source 5 in source list: the amended Civil Rights Act of 1968,End Match banning Begin Match to source 5 in source


4437 words - 18 pages ............................................................................................................... 13 Law reform commission report ....................................................................................................... 13 Parliamentary committee report ..................................................................................................... 14 Deakin University guide to referencing: AGLC 2 Parliamentary debate

Euro Crisis

2783 words - 12 pages , Finland and probably Italy changing the terms of the debate to reflect frustration with economies in recession, rising unemployment and hostility to proposed or actual austerity measures. In this scenario, Greece receives an irregular rescue from the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and negotiates a rescheduling of its debt in March. But once its April elections are over, the new Greek government is unable to secure bailout funds

Similar Documents

Immigration Essay

654 words - 3 pages getting to America. This has cause immigration to evolve into a serious situation. Immigration affects the United States in a variety of ways, both good and bad. The Unites States provides numerous opportunities for immigrants, opportunities that may be scarce or not available in their home land. Equal rights laws make it easier for illegal aliens to have an even set playing field when it’s comes to getting a job and/or an education. Illegal

Ethnic Studies 001 Notes Essay

1801 words - 8 pages Feb. 11, 2016 Ethnic Studies Week 6 *Paper due in 3 weeks Immigration, Eugenics, White Ethnics, Mexican Americans U.S. Immigration Legislation (Tyner, 60) -1907: U.S. Japan Gentlemen’s Agreement -Denied entry to Japanese laborers -1917: Immigration Act -Denied entry to illiterates (meant to exclude Southern and Eastern Europeans) -Designated an “Asiatic Barred Zone” denying entry to people from the lands between India, Australia

Apush Chapter 14 Essay

2398 words - 10 pages Douglas' ultimate goal was with regard to the expansion of slavery within the country. While Lincoln argue that equality was for all people, Douglas argued strongly against him. However no matter how much they argued both knew that abolishing slavery would be hard because it was such in demand especially in the South. Lincoln contended that Douglas' ultimate goal was with regards to extend slavery. 3. During the debate each man accused the other

The Dream Act: The Hope And Vision For Illegal Aliens

3074 words - 13 pages /Jul/0/376/drea m_act_immigration_legislatio Federation for American Immigration Reform. "No Room To Learn: Immigration and School Overcrowding." . 2008. : 1-15. 17 Jul. 2011. FAIR. Fontaine, Peter H.. Budget Analysis. "CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE." . 2010. : 1-6. Greenblatt, Alan. "Immigration Debate." CQ