TheProblem with Immigration
Theincreased levels of unrest in some countries across the world havetriggered citizens to flee in search of peace and desirablelivelihoods. Economic difficulties and wars experienced in unstablenations result in some people seeking refuge in first worldcountries. The United States is one of the preferred destinations forimmigrants due to its vibrant economy and heterogeneous society(Lakoff & Ferguson, 2016).However, the natives have varied thoughts on the presence ofimmigrants in the country. One school of thoughts holds that Americashould seal its borders to discourage fleeing foreigners fromspecific parts of the world while others term it as an inhumane andretrogressive move.
Theprimary issue that remains controversial involves allowing immigrantsto become citizens of the United States. Currently, foreign citizenswho enter the country after satisfying the migration requirements areawarded a legal status to reside and conduct business in the country.According to Lakoffand Ferguson (2016),the United States is the home for more than 11 million internationalpersons who hold a legal status. The integration of the immigrantswith the local population is a debatable issue. The AmericanImmigration Council provides that awarding a full citizenship throughnaturalization can be beneficial since it will encourage higherincomes and a deeper incorporation to the American society. In areport presented to the Congress by the Council in 1997, theproponents of the motion agreed that conferring full citizenship tothe legal immigrants would infer responsibility, liberties andpolitical participation of the foreign nationals(Golash-Boza, 2015).
Thedebate has not been without the interest of top politicians with eachreflecting the views and position of his/her party. Donald Trump, thevibrant and controversial Republican presidential candidate, believesthat the current problem facing the immigration department can besolved by mass deportations and sealing the border(Krouwel et al., 2016).Trump is categorical that immigrants only bring a wave of immoralityin the country. He has called for the total ban of foreigners fromMexico and Arab countries due to the presumption that citizens fromthe two countries bring in drugs and expose the natives to terrorism.Trump has proposed for the erection of a wall separating the UnitedStates and Mexico. He presumes that the Mexican government shouldfoot the expenses through the remittances sent home by those livingin America (Krouwelet al., 2016).He has also called for the total ban of Muslim immigrants and theelimination of federal grants.
HillaryClinton, on the other hand, exudes the policies adopted by theDemocratic Party. Clinton presents herself as an advocate forcomprehensive immigration. She is in support of citizenship throughnaturalization that would get rid of the three and ten-year ban onforeigners who flee the country in the process of legalizing theirstay (Krouwelet al., 2016). Clinton also backs the current administration that is against theidea of deporting more than five million undocumented foreigners.According to her, immigrants who do not have a history of a felonyshould not be subjected to harsh deportation regulations. She hasalso expressed her support for expanding waivers to remove themonetary barrier for individuals willing to become citizens.
Inconclusion, the number of immigrants in the United States is soaringby the day as citizens flock the country seeking for better economicenvironments. The question of allowing immigrants to hold Americancitizenship and the liberties that appertain to such a responsibilityis controversial. The Republican Party vouches for the deportationand total ban of immigrants from some countries. Conversely, theDemocratic ideas as expressed by Clinton inclines towards a smoothnaturalization process that would see immigrants enjoy the samerights as the native citizens.
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Krouwel,A., Kutiyski, Y., & Beck, I. I. (2016). Supporters of Clinton andTrump have diametrically opposed preferences for how the UnitedStates should be governed. Impactof American Politics & Policy Blog.
Lakoff,G., & Ferguson, S. (2016). Theframing of immigration.