Immigration In The United States Essay

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Immigration has always been a debated subject in U.S history. When we think of immigration, many thoughts come to our minds, thoughts such as certain ethnic groups, border control, or better opportunity. The United States has been a nation of immigration since the early 80’s. Today, immigration is brought up more and more as it continues to be a controversial subject in the political world. When the public speaks on immigration, they tend to talk about what they are being told or what is seen on social media, because of this it is important to know the policies and economical effects on immigration in the United States. Immigration is defined as the movement or migration of people from other countries into the U.S. The reason immigration exists …show more content…
In 1986, a law was passed signed my Ronald Reagan called the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. This bill gave unauthorized aliens the right to gain legal status in the United States if they met certain requirements. Applicants had to prove that they lived in the U.S for more than 15 years with a clean criminal history. Applicants also had to meet minimal knowledge requirements in U.S History, government, and the English language. This act was supposed to solve the issue of immigration, and off coarse that hasn’t happened because the U.S still has over 11 million illegal immigrants. Many immigrants today are feared of being caught in the U.S illegally and leaving their families and loved ones behind. Most immigrants, however, do not know that they have certain rights when being arrested. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) can only hold on to an immigrant as a detainee for 48 hours only. If ICE does not take the illegal immigrant in within those 48 hours than the illegal immigrant has the right to be released from being a detainee by ICE. If an illegal immigrant has criminal arrest or has committed a drastic unlawful act, it is more likely for the illegal immigrant to be deported back to its origin

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