The Issue of Illegal Immigration Term Paper by Nicky

An in-depth examination of the history and complexity of illegal immigration to the United States.
# 151279 | 2,408 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 31, 2012 in Political Science (U.S.) , Hot Topics (Immigration)

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The paper traces the history of immigration law in the United States, looking at the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 and the subsequent Immigration and Naturalization Service Data Management Improvement Act. The paper considers the viewpoints and solutions offered by socialists and far-right conservatives and highlights the complexity of this issue. The paper concludes that one overall solution will never resolve the problem of immigration; there must be a combined strategy where all compromise.

From the Paper:

"The other major concern is the original location of these illegal immigrants. About half are from Mexico, which "reflects a long history of labor migration that has been encouraged by US employers and often legitimated by the US government" (Haines and Rosenblum 2). The next largest group is from Central America, many arriving because of civil war and other political upheavals. Nearly half of these undocumented individuals live in California, with a large portion of the rest in Texas, New York, and Florida. Even limiting the discussion of illegal immigrants to border crossers from Mexico does not reduce the complexities of this issue. Many of these individuals are recruited by U.S. employers who are not sanctioned. Many of the border crossers once had temporary status that is no longer valid. Others are family members of legal residents due to earlier amnesties.
"Overall, illegal immigrants have a similar profile as immigrants. Some seek work and others refuge, some come to better themselves economically and others to join their family. Some were previous documented migrants, and others have the law behind them to becoming documented in the near future. Many live with legal spouses and children who may be citizens."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bartlett, Bruce. Impostor. New York: Doubleday Publishing, 2006.
  • Center for Immigration Studies. 7 November 2009
  • Dorsey, Margaret E., and Miguel Diaz-Barriga. "Senator Barrack Obama and Immigration" Journal of Black Studies 38.1, A04
  • Greenhouse, Steven. "Never a Day Off at Wal-Mart." New York Times. 5 November 2003.
  • Haines, David W and Karen Rosenblum. Illegal immigration in America. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.

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