Throughout history, immigration has led to the population and changing of countries. Since the start of civilization, the immigration issue has led to the spread of beliefs, ideas, and also cultures to a lot of different nations. Also, it has led to what America is at present. Many reasons are behind the coming of immigration to the United States of America. Most of the people came to have a chance of a new beginning, while others came due to money and job search, the escape of war, education, or even for their freedom. In consideration, all the immigrants came with the expectation of living as citizens of the country. Based on the amendment of the constitution of the American nation, “all the people born or have naturalized in the United States of America have the right to citizenship. Most of the immigrants come from Africa legally possessing the needed papers to enter the nation, while others just sneak into the country illegally. However, in the past years, the number of immigrants in the U.S has increased drastically hence raising a great problem to some people. Many American have turned against the immigration policy, while others have accepted and encouraged it. The others want equal rights to be given to everyone.
The increase of immigrants in America has created a lot of worries for many people in the past years. These people have gone against increased immigration, and therefore they think that the country should cut down the number of immigrants that are being given entry into the nation to preserve the country’s culture and security. “We need to control immigration to secure our borders and protect our unity,” says one of the subscribers on the public agenda. He continued by saying that “September 11 showed how our immigration policies have failed to keep criminals and terrorists out of the country.” They have been passed, and it limits the number of people coming to U. S and basing on the naturalization and Immigration services, Moore says that “6000 immigrants have been revoked since 1996 based on the 1996 immigration ruling.” The ruling makes the people that have any form of criminal deportable. The people supporting anti-immigration believe that the increase of the people coming to the nation has caused the government not to support them. They have a belief that for the country to accommodate the immigrants, the nation has begun to become more bilingual. This led to revolt, and the protesters have the fear that the beliefs and culture created in the country for many years will be lost due to the increased number of people coming to the nation and failure to get the required support from the stakeholders.
However, other Immigrants are not even aware of the issue of immigration. They have a feeling that immigration is just assisting businesses and the economy. Thus, the crack of the people who are not registered as immigrants has brought worries to the farmers since a lot of their workforces are being turned back to their nations. The farmers have a feeling that immigrants’ employees provide low wages, making them employ many to assist in harvesting. Most of agricultural economists believe that in case there are not enough people to work to maintain production, then the nation will be needed to import food which is risky. More so on the labor issue, the other reason for accepting the immigrants is by honoring the commitment of the country to the visitors. The pro-immigrant Americans have a feeling that the U.S is a nation that was formed by immigrants and the followers believe that the current level of immigration should be maintained, and America should be considered a refuge for everyone. They have a belief that the immigrant’s native language should also be kept if they want.
There are other Americans who have no side; they are between the pro-immigration and anti-immigration extremes. The individuals have realized the need of having immigrants in the nation and also recognize the need of controlling the nation’s border. They need the number of immigrants be limited. For instance one of the writers of USA TODAY called Kelly says that “I am torn between my desire for secure borders and my respect for people who leave their families and everything they have known to cross a desert to find work” (12). This implies that she sees the benefits and the drawbacks that the immigrants that are coming to America and therefore she compromises to give them the equal opportunity of gaining United States Citizenship.
Therefore being one of the people born and raised in America and my family possesses a construction company, I have interest in the Immigration issue. After I saw many immigrants coming to our community, I realized the importance of knowing the immigration problem in the country. I have an understanding of the way immigrants come to America to make their life better and that of their families. I also understand the importance of controlling the border of the country to enhance economic growth, security, and the comfort of the people of America. However, this makes me fail to choose between anti-immigrant and the pro-immigrants extremes in the nation. Every immigrant should be given an equal chance, and in case he/ she doesn’t meet the requirements of the nation, then he/ she should leave and begin a new life somewhere else.
“Immigration: Discussion Guides.” Public Agenda 18 August 2007. 7 March 2018.
Kelly, O’ Dell. “Address economic factors that drive Immigration.” USA Today 24 January 2007: 12a.
Moore, Kathleen. Political Scientist Studying Immigration Policy, Law, Public Opinion. 26 March 2001. 7 March 2018.