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Immigration Reform Essay

  • Submitted by: Jerodgers1
  • on June 3, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,807 words

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Below is an essay on "Immigration Reform" from Anti Essays, your source for research papers, essays, and term paper examples.

Reforming Immigration
The issue of immigration has been a topic of contention since shortly after the inception of the United States.   With over 10 million undocumented immigrants in the US (as of 2009), the issue of illegal immigration continues to divide Americans.   Some people say that illegal immigration benefits the US economy through additional tax revenue, expansion of the low-cost labor pool, and increased money in circulation. They contend that immigrants bring good values, have motivations consistent with the American dream, perform jobs that Americans won’t take, and that opposition to immigration stems from racism.   Opponents of illegal immigration say that aliens who break the law by crossing the US border without proper documentation or by overstaying their visas should be deported and not rewarded with a path to citizenship and access to social services. They argue that illegal aliens are criminals and social and economic burdens to law-abiding, tax-paying Americans.
There have been many attempts to address this issue, most of them legislatively.   The first law passed regarding immigration and naturalization was signed into law in 1790 by President John Adams. At that time the law for naturalization was limited to aliens who were 'free white persons' and thus left out indentured servants, slaves, and most women, all of whom were considered dependents and thus incapable of casting an independent vote. The 1790 Act also limited naturalization to persons of 'good moral character.' And the law required a set period of residence in the United States prior to naturalization, specifically two years in the country and one year in the state of residence when applying for citizenship. (The 1st United States Congress) It is from this structure of steps and requirements that U.S. naturalization evolved.   Interestingly enough, this law was prompted by increasing tensions between the French and the Americans, and included other provisions that limited movement...

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