Immigrants built America into the country it is today. Some were fleeing persecution in their own countries. The immigrants came as free individuals, indentured servants, or slaves. Most came here to pursue a better life. America welcomed those individuals, and it has a process in place for those wishing to gain legal citizenship. The immigration issue is a hot topic in the United States today and concerns individuals who are entering the country illegally. Our representatives are proposing new laws to limit access to our country through other than legal means. There are strong feelings on each side.
The opponents to “illegal” immigration believe that the cost to Americans is too high. According to this group, the “undocumented” are jeopardizing our own citizens’ jobs, and they pay no taxes. We are incurring exorbitant medical and educational costs for this group of approximately eleven million people (Pro/Con). Their concerns are legitimate, and it is unfair to burden Americans with higher taxes to share in the cost of the medical and educational expenses for individuals working here and not paying taxes. There is also a security risk to our nation. Without the background checks and information concerning who is residing in our country, there is concern that we may be more vulnerable to another terrorist attack Members of this group believe that we can deter entry by increasing patrols and surveillance and raising a wall to protect our southern border.
Immigrants who entered the country legally believe it is unfair to grant the illegal immigrants their citizenship. Those who entered legally, worked through our established process to become citizens. They came here, took the required tests, had background checks, and waited for a minimum of five years to receive the oath making them citizens of the United States of America. Now, there is a large segment of the population bypassing the government’s legal process. The individuals, who came illegally, are receiving many of the benefits of a citizen, without the work necessary to legalize their status. They are reaping the benefits, without paying the price required by our laws. We are even providing access to government and private industry information in a language, other than English, for this segment of individuals. In past times, immigrants transacted business and interactions outside the family in English, the language of our Country. Today, people who translate Spanish are highly sought after in government and the private sector. If you enter a hospital, there will be someone to interpret for you, or the forms will be in Spanish. If you enter a fast food restaurant, the “wet floor” signs are in English and Spanish. At no time in our history have these concessions been made to other immigrants.
The proponents to accepting these illegal immigrants and granting them citizenship believe that the undocumented workers provide a vital asset to our nation’s economy. Bardow...