America Is A Country Made Up Of Immigrants Essay

725 Words Sep 7th, 2014 3 Pages
I’m sure we have all heard the phrase, “America is a country made up of immigrants”. While this may be true in terms of the history of the United States, but today it’s not that simple and it remains a highly debated topic that most can agree needs reform. Moreover, it draws many differing opinions on what actions are best in pursuit of the same goal. Immigration also brings many changes that raise fundamental questions for Americans. Who are we? What kind of a society have we built, and whom shall we welcome to it? What should we do to encourage the integration of newcomers? How should we deal with those who arrive uninvited?” (Martin, 2003) As for providing amnesty for the undocumented immigrants, it may be the efficient way to handle the problem, however it needs to coincide with stronger policies to improve the process for those who will be accepting into citizenship and work swiftly for those who will not ultimately be welcomed into America.

There are many that offer credible arguments on why illegal immigrants should not be given American citizenship. To counter the notion that allowing amnesty will make others want to come here, I feel that the influx is not the issue. An analysis by the Pew Research Center that examined 2010 population data found that "nearly two-thirds of the 10.2 million unauthorized adult immigrants living in the United States have been in the country for at least 10 years and that nearly half are parents of minor children (Burns, 2013).…

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