Controlling Immigration to the U.S.


With the many different groups of people coming to this 
country in search of a better life, we should cut back on who we
should allow to have citizenship. There are thousands of immigrants 
coming to the U.S. every day. A lot of these immigrants are illegal 
aliens coming to the U.S. to find jobs. Whenever we catch illegals 
crossing our borders, we should send them right back and that would be 
the end of the story. Instead we are bringing them to camps to wait 
until the government finds out what to do with them. With so many 
immigrants coming over everyday, the U.S. lets people out of these 
camps and let them into our society so we can fit the new people who 
are coming over here in the camps.

 It is estimated that 4 million illegal aliens are living in 
the U.S. right now. That means that the government has no idea who 
these people are or where they are. "Nobody knows who these people 
are," said a Brownsville, Texas trailer-court owner Bob White. "They 
could be terrorist, or bandits, or typhoid carriers" (Lamar 14). This 
is why the U.S. government needs to spend more money and stop 
immigrants at the border. If the United States didn't let any of these 
people in this country, we would still have people without jobs. So 
its not like we need these people in our country. In Mexico 60 percent 
of its labor force is unemployed. So a lot of these people think that 
there are jobs for them in the U.S., but there aren't. 

 In the first 4 months of 1988 400,000 illegal aliens were 
caught trying to cross the border. That may sound like a lot, but
300,000 slipped through without being caught. That means that over 40 
percent of the people that try to get into this country illegally, 
succeeded. If we get more agents on guard by our borders we could cut 
that number to a tolerable level.

 Some immigrants that come to this country legally that have a 
good education and can work well are not a problem. The problem is 
that there aren't very many of these kind of people that are trying to 
get into this country. Many immigrants are poor and just want jobs to 
keep themselves alive or to support there family.

 It is hard for illegal immigrants who can't prove that they 
are legal workers to find jobs. Some employers know from the start
that the person they hired is illegal and just hire them because they 
will work for minimum wage or even less. To try to get voluntary 
compliance to not hire illegals, the INS contacted 800,000 employers 
and gave warnings to only 2,200 of these employers. Then out of the 
800,000 employers who got contacted, the INS only fined 100 
businesses. Only one question comes to mind when you think about these 
numbers, why didn't the other thousands of people get fined. Since it 
is hard for poor legal immigrants to get jobs, they sometimes have to 
take hard, long, gardening type of jobs. A lot of immigrants will do
just about anything so they can eat and there family won't starve.

 Sometimes illegal aliens get fake I.D.s and the employer never 
knows they aren't allowed to work. The Center for U.S.-Mexican studies 
at the University of California in San Diego says that a quarter of
illegal workers have purchased fake I.D.s.

 The main problem that lets all of these immigrants come to 
this country everyday is that we aren't doing much to stop them. But
there is also another reason that these people come to this country. 
Other countries are letting tens of thousands of people out of there 
country and most of these people are coming over to the U.S. Moscow's 
emigration policy lets out 50,000 people a year. Over the last seven 
years 100,000 Irish natives have come over here on tourist visas and 
stayed after the time was up. Even though this is a problem that these 
countries let out so many people a year, the U.S. should still just 
say no when they arrive. As Mayor Bill Card says, " We have not been 
able to get the cooperation and attention of the Federal Government"
(Lamar 15)

 When all of these immigrants come over to this country in 
search of jobs and can't find any, sometimes they turn to crime.
Deportable illegal aliens make up 26 percent of all inmates in Federal 
prisons. 1 out of 4 illegal immigrants are in our prisons and we have 
to pay for there stay there. If we get more security and never let 
these people get into the country, it would save the government a 
bundle because they wouldn't have to pay to keep building more 
prisons. The World Trade Center bombing just a couple of years ago had 
immigrants linked in some way. This terrible incident would have never 
happened if they were told to go back where they came from.

 There has been argument though on how to get people to go back 
home. "We [the U.S.] have no population policy" (Lamar 14) as a state 
department official commented. These are the things America is going
to have to work on over in Washington. The country would be a lot 
better off if no one was allowed in. Though it is probably not 
possible to stop all illegal immigrants to come, we can lower the 
number tremendously. Crime, the economy, and unemployment would all 
benefit from keeping everyone out. " In some fashion we've got to 
ignore the promise of the Statue of Liberty," Congressman Romano 
Mozzoli says. " The U.S.'s moral responsibility to accept immigrants 
is not unlimited" (Lamar 15).


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