Monday, July 11, 2011

Immigration in America Today: What's the Real Story?

Information about the immigration is widely available on the Internet, yet it can be difficult to find nonbiased news sources and government information.

The New York Times "Times Topics" section gives a good first overview of the immigration issue, breaking down the Bush and Obama administration's policies. Until recently, little has been done in terms of immigration reform since a failed push in 2007. According to the Times, in 2010, 11.2 million illegal immigrants were living in the United States. Both parties agree that reform is necessary, but a course of action has not been settled upon.

In 2004, President Bush called for change in immigration law. In 2005, a federal bill was passed, making living in the country illegally a felony, and mandating a huge increase in fences along the border. In subsequent years, additional laws were passed to slow illegal immigration, and to help assimilate those in the country. Deportation also increased. The publication of Enrique's Journey in 2007 falls during this time in the Bush administration, making it easy to understand how Enrique's dangerous journey related to these changes in legislation.

In 2008, President Obama's election was greatly affected by supportive Hispanic voters. Thusfar, however, Obama's policies have continued to follow the lead of the Bush administration. However, some enforcement changes are underway, such as a move to change detainment centers from prison and prison-like locations, and changing the process of federal immigration raids on factories and farms. While Obama's campaign intended to make immigration reform a priority, the recession and job losses by American citizens has affected the strength of Democratic propositions. Click here to read Obama's May 2011 speech about immigration reform.

While federal change appears slow, states such as Arizona and Alabama have taken matters into their own hands, passing laws intended to bar immigrants from obtaining work and education.

For more details, click here to read the "Immigration and Emigration" Times Topic, which also includes links to Times articles about immigration.

What is the next step that the government should take in immigration reform? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

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Blogger Brittanicus said...


In all the talks and discussions about cutting back on the US treasury deficits, both parties are refusing to consider in these antagonistic debates, the fact that illegal aliens are compounding this major issue; the dollar amount to the $14.5 Trillion dollars, in this miserable meltdown we are facing. The Department of Homeland Security estimated in 2003, that 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens had settled in America and 700,000 new people enter illegally and stay each year. That’s across borders, by lying at entry ports as tourists to the official. These administration statistics are somewhat suspect and may represent major under counting, as they are fashioned by the very people accountable for the tsunami of illegal aliens entering our country. An alternative method is used here to estimate a range of numbers of illegal’s that is probable more levelheaded.

The precise number of illegal’s entering the United States and the exact rate at which they cross our borders are unknown. Official government numbers are often hard to come by, remain intentionally concealed and are habitually sanitized, in the federal sector and states. This directed (CAPS) California for Population Stabilization to seriously question officials at the Census Bureau and (DOF) California Department of Finance, population figures on these numbers. As an alternative of the 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens these agencies and the liberal progressives claim to be here, there may actually be 20 million to 30 million or more? Nobody truly knows?

The cost of harboring illegal immigrants in the United States is a staggering $113 billion a year; an average of $1,117 for every household in America and that’s just at the federal level. More truth and Statistics requested? Go to NumbersUSA or Judicial Watch.

Freshman Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) added his name to 14 different bills on Thursday that would reduce overall immigration levels and work to end illegal immigration.

* H.R.152 - a bill introduced by Rep. Ted Poe's to improve border security
* H.R.310 - a bill introduced by Rep. Sure Myrick that would prohibit federal funding to institutions of higher learning that provide in-state tuition to illegal aliens
* H.R.691 - a bill introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey that would prevent mortgages from going to illegal aliens
* H.R.692 - a bill introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey that would end Chain Migration
* H.R.693 - a bill introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey that would require all businesses to use E-Verify within 60 days
* H.R.800 - a bill introduced by Rep. John Carter that would require all businesses to use E-Verify within 2 years
* H.R.1091, introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter that would require DHS to construct 350 additional miles of border fencing
* H.R.1134 - a bill introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter that would prohibit federal funds being sent to sanctuary cities
* H.R.1196 - a compilation bill introduced by Rep. Gary Miller, the LEAVE Act, that would end birthright citizenship, require nationwide use of E-Verify, improve interior enforcement, and discontinue rewards to illegal aliens
* H.R.1459 - a bill introduced by Rep. Sue Myrick, the Scott Gardner Act, that would increase penalties for illegal aliens caught with a DWI
* H.R.1698 - a bill introduced by Rep. Sue Myrick that would increase fines for employers that hire illegal aliens
* H.R.1764 - a bill introduced by Rep. Charles Boustany that would end sanctuary cities
* H.R. 2000 - a bill introduced by Rep. Heath Shuler, the SAVE Act, that would require all employers to use E-Verify and strengthen interior and border enforcement
* H.R.2164 - a bill introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith, the Legal Workforce Act, which would require all employers to use E-Verify.

July 11, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Brittanicus said...

American cannot afford anymore to support the poverty of other countries. The final straw was learning from the (FAIR) Federation of American Immigration reform that a volume amnesty would cost to process everybody with all the FBI background checks, health checks and the occupied paperwork over $2.5 trillion dollars. This is incorrigible when 13 million Americans are seeking work and this country, is still in a recession and unlikely to climb out of this $14.4 Trillion dollars financial chaos for years. Every American needs to rethink his vote for 2012. Not for Democrats, not for Liberals and not for Republicans, but for this Nation's People under the banner of the TEA PARTY.

This is the time to empty the overcrowded classrooms, full with the children of illegal aliens. Give hospitals breathing space saving billions of dollars from uninsured illegal immigrants, who knowingly enter by foot, vehicle, aircraft or boat into the United States. Entering illegally in a violation of our national sovereignty and should be a felony, for illegal aliens and those who knowingly break the rules, including businesses. Start the Attrition by enforcement programs such as E-Verify, Secure Communities and support Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Utah and States nationwide who have no choice but to restrict illegal immigrants through police laws as their welfare programs are being sucked dry.

Fearful illegal nationals are bypassing Arizona and loading their possessions, heading for Sanctuary States as California, Nevada, Illinois, Washington state and many counties within particular States.

July 11, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Dress up games said...

Immigration control is a very sensitive issues, which might affect the relationship between US and other countries. Of course this is related to human rights too.

I don't like the way immigrants barred from obtaining work and education. I think it is not a good idea, in fact it is against human rights. Instead, we should call for help from their own governments to find more gentle solutions.

July 12, 2011 at 5:18 AM  
Anonymous Sharon Lee said...

You say "While federal change appears slow, states such as Arizona and Alabama have taken matters into their own hands, passing laws intended to bar immigrants from obtaining work and education."

Odd that you omit "...and social services." This is important, because by some estimates, the states spend about $100B/year on social services for illegals (after subtracting the meager taxes that they pay)--and this at a time when states are cutting things like universities, home health aid for disabled and elderly, etc.

The illegal immigrants also occupy millions of jobs that Americans *would* like to do, at least in the present economic climate:

July 12, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
Anonymous acls certification said...

This issue is a tough one to deal with. At the same time, with the way the economy is, we obviously want the jobs to go to the citizens of our country. However, I also feel bad for those that want a fresh start or want to try to get a start in our wonderful country and need opportunity. Wish it was there for all.

July 13, 2011 at 1:51 AM  
Anonymous learn a language said...

It is difficult to prevent the influx of illegal immigrants for any country. While they can be trained to help with the ailing economy of the US, they would not have any rights as a US citizen would and this would place them in a great dilemma. I would say that the government should allow those immigrants who are already skilled, since they can contribute to the US economy, whereas those who are not, must undergo other tests for them to legally reside in the US.

July 19, 2011 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger abd-ur-raheem said...

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July 27, 2011 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

It is a big issue in Australia too. Illegal immigrants are coming to the country with valid visa as it is not as easy than to the US to cross the border and just simply overstay.

Unfortunately even the very strict student visa regulations are unable to stop it.

Australia, the USA and UK are constantly targeted by this threat. It would be great to provide education for people in need, but keep it in controlled way.

The Australian regulations are much more strict than the American one. If you overstay your visa that is no chance to receive residency even after years staying out or trouble. They do not forgive you to be an illegal immigrant.

Do you think it would be good for the US government to implement similar policies?

December 30, 2011 at 4:57 AM  
Anonymous Miguel said...

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May 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Angel said...

In New Jersey the iligal immigrants need a lot of help, and many Attorney are worlking full time to protect them. They have rights!

May 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

While it is true that illegal immigrants should have come to the country through legal means, there should be a period of time after which they can apply for legal citizenship. We need to remember that America was founded on the idea of separating ourselves from an oppressive country, and that is what many illegal immigrants are looking to do. Allowing illegal immigrants to eventually apply to become legal citizens would allow them to participate in the full range of activities in this country, and become much more involved in helping contribute through employment and other means.

June 30, 2014 at 11:53 AM  
Anonymous ilman said...

Immigration control is a very sensitive issues, which might affect the relationship between US and other countries. Of course this is related to human rights too.

I don't like the way immigrants barred from obtaining work and education. I think it is not a good idea, in fact it is against human rights. Instead, we should call for help from their own governments to find more gentle solution

August 17, 2014 at 10:29 PM  
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Anonymous Soumya Joshi said...

It is difficult to stop the influx of illegal immigrants into the country. A lot has been tried, a lot has been done. What is needed is strong and robust immigration reform in the country.

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September 4, 2014 at 12:34 AM  
Anonymous orlando DUI attorney said...

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September 15, 2014 at 8:59 AM  
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Anonymous Zac said...

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November 2, 2014 at 8:02 PM  
Anonymous lowes said...

I don't like the way immigrants barred from obtaining work and education. I think it is not a good idea, in fact it is against human rights. Instead, we should call for help from their own governments to find more gentle solutions.

November 6, 2014 at 8:04 PM  
Anonymous Patrick Cafferty said...

Immigrants have rights too. I mean, isn't that what America was founded on, the principle that there should be equal access to justice?

November 13, 2014 at 4:17 AM  
Anonymous presta knight said...

Rights should be equal for everyone and there should be no discrimination into it.Those who have done wrong should be tested under the law

November 19, 2014 at 8:17 AM  
Anonymous retasnews[dot]in said...

I think it's unfair, if such it what's the point Human rights?
I hope the human rights see this problem, and solve it as they address the problem of global surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA).

November 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM  
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Anonymous James said...

Interesting article. But I am not quite agree with this. The immigrants are very important for the future of America.

January 12, 2015 at 10:48 AM  
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January 12, 2015 at 11:18 AM  
Anonymous simone bertollini said...

Immigrants will continue to come, no matter what. It has been like that from the past 100 years. The current laws should be changed to make it possible immigrating legally. Now it s basically impossible, unless you marry a US citizen.

January 15, 2015 at 4:11 PM  

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