Should the U.S. Welcome Immigrants?
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This paper debates the pros and cons of U.S. policy regarding the immigration population in America. The paper explores the major positions concerning whether or not non-citizen immigrants should receive governmental benefits and protections. The paper shows how while the United States of America is a nation of immigrants, there is also the need to protect the nation's security.
From the Paper:"The Census Bureau estimated that in the year 2000 there were nearly 9 million undocumented persons living in the United States; this figure marked a more than 100% increase in illegal immigrants since 1990 (Migration World Magazine, 2002, p. 10). How the United States is to accommodate these immigrants is becoming increasingly difficult to assess. What protections and benefits are non-U.S. citizens entitled to receive? In a post-September 11 world, immigration and terrorism are becoming somewhat conflated entities, and those looking to deny immigrants citizen status need only point to national security to defend their perspective. After all, 15 of the 19 terrorists responsible for the September 11 attacks were in the United States legally; evidence also suggest that 300,000 foreign nationals in the US, upon being ordered by the government to deport, promptly went on the run-- and remain in this country today (West, 2002, p. 48). Figures such as these do not leave many Americans feeling hospitable towards immigrants looking for government benefits or student visas. And yet, to deny all undocumented aliens access to some basic governmental protections seems rash; the US is a major employer of non-citizen immigrants, and any child born on American soil automatically becomes a US citizen (Guest, 2002, p. 31)."
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