The US illegal immigrants though created opportunities and contributed to economic growth they are known for income tax evasion. "The study of the fiscal effects of illegal immigration clearly demonstrates that it is a burden on the American taxpayer. More forceful implementation of immigration laws could save each U.S. household in the neighborhood of a couple of thousand dollars a year" (Fahmy, 2010).
Some politicians reflect attitudes that show that attitude towards immigrants is the result of individual perceptions and attitudes of politicians towards foreigners. In 2009 a requirement was set that ICE keep a minimum of 33,400 illegal immigrants in detention jails all ...view middle of the document...
This needs to be amended as around 50% of the Californian population consists of minority ethnic groups who are immigrants (Association of Black Psychologists, 2003).
Background of study:
Immigration Reform means the change in the existing Immigration policy of a country to improvise on its clauses. These reforms were introduced to increase legal immigration and decrease illegal immigration especially of Mexicans. In the US the need for reforms in the Immigration policy were needed as the extra cost of services used by the illegal immigrants was $338.3 Billion which had to be incurred by the US taxpayers.
Immigration Reforms were first proposed by President Bush. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 banned illegal immigrants from getting job in the US. It was estimated in 1986 that these illegal immigrants make about 5% of the total workforce of the united states (Fox, 2008). In 2006 Border Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, and the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 were passed but neither became Bills. It was however in 2009 in the Obama Government that renewed interest in the Immigration Comprehensive Reform Act was taken and efforts began. On January 28, 2013 a group called the Gang of Eight laid basis for CIR (comprehensive immigration reforms) (Reiff, 2013). Many Senators were involved including Charles Schumer of New York, , Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, and Michael Bennet of Colorado, and Republicans John McCain of Arizona. On April 16, 2013, the "Gang of Eight" introduced the S.744. On June 27, 2013, S.744, known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 was approved by the US Senate by a vote of 68-32, it has now been sent to the US House of Representative and is due to face opposition by the majority Republican Party (Roeper, 2013).
Purpose of proposed study
This study will add to the existing research and literature by being specific to California. The US illegal immigrants though created opportunities and contributed to economic growth they almost never pay taxes. This study will highlight aspects regarding Immigration Reforms in the US, these include the economic aspect, the cultural and social impact and the attitudes towards immigrants according to geographic location.
Potential Research Question
1. What is the relationship between an individual's economic status and how they feel about immigration policy?
2. Do immigration Comprehensive Reform supporters generally come from a certain class?
3. Do Ethnicity and racial differences shape attitudes of masses towards immigrants?
4. What is the attitude of Californians towards illegal immigrant? Is this feeling mutually shared?
5. How political parties especially the...