The foundation of the United States has been built by immigrants, in pursuit of civil liberties. Intermingling of cultures, languages, races, and ethnicities is an inevitable factor of all this, either clashing, or bringing us all together for a common purpose.
In the U.S. Constitution, Article 1 Section 9 states that the migration or importation of anyone residing in the States who is deemed acceptable won’t be prohibited by Congress.
Family-based immigration, also known as Chain immigration, has permitted easier access for immediate or preferred family members with certain qualifications to immigrate into the U.S.
In 2015, children and spouses were deemed for nearly ”69 percent of family immigration and 44 percent of total legal immigration to the U.S.,” making this the largest category of immigrants.
The requirements for individuals allowed restricts the amount of immigrants, as well as the fact that Congress has set a limitation the population allowed into the states, adequately regulating the amount allowed in yearly.
The Diversity Visas and immigration lottery provides opportunity to people in less emigrated places and provides more shared culture and overall diversity to the great melting pot that is America. ¨Visas are distributed among six geographic regions with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration.¨ Although stylistically it’s a ¨game of chance¨ type circumstance, this way of selection shys away from favoritism, providing fair opportunity.
DACA provides the opportunity of jobs to children brought illegally to the U.S. by their parents, but also takes away from the job opportunity of U.S. citizens. Although this is a setback for American citizens, the Temporary Permission Visas only allows a restricted amount of time, as one must request for deferred action, which sustains ¨for a span of two years, subject to renewal.¨ DACA gives an opportunity for children to temporary protection from the threat of deportation, but is ineffective in the fact it is not a permanent fix, and cannot provide citizenship. The U.S. should not build a border wall whatsoever; although it may seem like a simple solution, there are faults in this logic. Often times, when faced with a problem, many may take the most direct route, but in this case, there are many toils and snares hidden behind this prospect. President Trump has made claims that Mexico will be the one to fund the wall, but ¨Mexican leaders from the president to ministers to former presidents have made it clear that Mexico will never pay for Trump’s wall.¨ The sheer gargantuinity of the wall itself may present issues in the structural soundness, welfare of workers, working conditions and overall timeline to complete it.
States should be permitted to establish Sanctuary Cities to ensure that people who are undocumented don´ get unlawfully arrested, because it is not a crime, although it is a civil violation. They also provide a safer environment where these people don’t have to live in fear, and actual crime will be prioritized, rather than having being undocumented mistaken as such.
Catch and release should not continue since many immigrants do not show up to their immigration hearings. The only exception to this, should be that children are not to be detained, but rather released to their parents or immediate family members if able.
The separation of undocumented parents from minors should not be permitted unless the minor is in danger. Parents have the right to remain with the minor they have guardianship over; prevention of this violates due process rights and may interpret as discrimination.
To solve the question on immigration in the U.S., we need to identify the effects of it in our economy and in what ways it has it had a negative impact. Immigration has been in existence for as long as any man or creature has lived, and is a natural process due to various push and pull factors.
Immigration is not the problem itself, but the problem is in how it may have thrown balance from another’s way of living. In order to fix that, we must have better understanding of who the people are that we have seem to put bias’ against, what immigration does to us as a society and as individuals, why, and what potential solutions are in reach through the path of least resistance.