Immigration Arguments Essay

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Immigration is a hot topic in the news almost every day. They talk mostly about how bad immigration is horrible for the country and how many problems it is causing for the country and needs to be controlled. Most people hear this one side of the immigration debate and tend to agree with these ideas without seeing all sides of the arguments and seeing all of the facts. There are two different but very important sides on how immigration should be dealt with; should the United States allow immigration into the country or should they try to control it. Supporters of the libertarian theory or the property theory, you feel that immigration is not a problem for the United States and should not be restricted. On the opposing side, theorist argue that …show more content…
According to Portes, people immigrate because of the push pull theory. This theory describes the different factors as to why people leave a certain country, called the push factors, and certain factors that draw people into a country, called the pull factors. The different types of push and pull factors: environmental, cultural and economic. The environmental push factors include bad drinking water or draught. On the opposite side of that, some environmental pull factors include a warm climate that has plenty of natural resources. The next set of factors are cultural. The cultural push factors that make people want to leave the country include slavery, bad politics and a lot of suffering in a country. The cultural pull factors for immigrants are the idea of freedom in certain countries and good political systems that are set up well and are running smoothly. The last set of factors are economical. People are pushed out of their own country because there are bad job opportunities and have very little luck moving ahead in life. These immigrants are pulled towards a country that there are jobs available and have a steady job market. Once you are able to understand these basic factors as to why people immigrate, understanding the other theories on how we should control the immigration problem will become much …show more content…
Opposite of Risse (2008), Pevnick (2008) says that it is not the natural resources that have immigrants coming into the United States, but the politics and the social programs that the country has. Pevnick (2008) mentions countless countries that have a plentiful amount of natural resources, a lot more than the United States, but people are still not immigrating there; people are still immigrating to the United States. This is because these other countries do not have the stability that the United States has. It is not just enough to have the resources, immigrants want to feel safe in the new country they are going to call home, (Pevnick, 2008). When thinking about immigration in this perspective, Pevnick argues that immigration needs to be regulated. People in the country currently are working hard and paying taxes. These taxes are going towards these social programs and to the government. That makes these programs cost some amount of money and are therefore not free, (Pevnick, 2008). When immigrants come into the country, they are signing up for these programs and not paying for them, taking away from the people who are paying for them which is not fair. Pevnick (2008) says that the government needs to find a way to regulate immigration so the citizens of the country are protected and are not having things taken away from

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