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Immigration Controls


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
Sometimes illegal aliens get fake I.D.s and the employer
never knows they aren't
2 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
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
3 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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