Illegal Immigrants During The United States Essay

2384 Words Mar 13th, 2016 10 Pages
The debate on what should be done about illegal immigrants in the United States has been a major hot button issue for politicians as they are making their runs for offices. This is not a recent issue in the US. The problem of people entering the US illegally has originated since 1904 where mounted watchmen from the U.S. Immigration Service patrolled the border of El Paso, Texas preventing illegal Chinese immigrants from entering the United States. The U.S. Border Patrol was officially established in 1924 and charged with the duty of securing borders between inspection stations. In the 1980s, a tremendous increase in illegal immigration came from Mexico. This issue arose during the term of President Ronald Regan. This situation presented Regan with the newfound responsibility of having to decide what orders to carryout in order to run America as best as possible. Regan ended up signing and enforcing the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 or Simpson-Mazzoli Act. This act gave amnesty, the granting of legal status to a group of individuals, to those immigrants who had entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and put in sanctions to discourage employers from hiring illegal immigrants for less money. 2.7 million Immigrants received amnesty, becoming the largest legalization program in U.S history. Today, Border Patrol has increased from fewer than 3,000 agents to more than 21,000, built nearly 700 miles of fencing along the southern border with Mexico, and…

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