Immigration Pros And Cons

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Immigration has played an important role in America 's history; however, what defines an acceptable immigrant, and how to deal with immigration has changed throughout the course of America 's history. Illegal immigration has become a controversial issue amongst the American public, and now more than ever, the pros and cons of illegal immigration are being examined by American citizen across the country. Immigration 's controversial nature, however, is one thing that has always remained true in the United States. In today 's modern era, the topic will only become more polarized, due to the changing ethnic makeup of the United States. “In the past three hundred years, more than two hundred million men, women, and children have come to America.” …show more content…
The statement parroted out by so many is that large-scale deportations are not viable, and therefore the government should not try to do anything. Large-scale deportation was tried under the Eisenhower era program, Operation Wetback, and it succeeded, with an estimated 700,000 self deportations and 100,000 official deportations. (Haugen and Musser 95-97). Deportation is still going on, albeit on a much smaller scale. In early 2012, there were around 300,000 people up for deportation. However, the monster that is the government bureaucracy makes this process take a very long time. The presence of children only exacerbates the process. When people think about illegal aliens, children are not the first thing that comes to their mind. However, a new, dangerous phenomenon is occurring: children crossing the border on their own; Frances Robles covers this phenomenon in his latest New York Times article “Wave of Minors on Their Own Rush to Cross Southwest Border”. 47,017 children have been found on the southern border since October 1, 2013 (Robles 1). Such losses do not bode well for the future of the countries that are losing these children. This statement by Felipe Morales, who is the director of the Honduran federal child services agency, exemplifies the crisis faced by these countries who are losing thousands of future workers: “The governments have to do something; we can 't continue like this. These children are our future” (Robles 4). These children are future academics, workers, doctors, and parents. They are essentially a lost generation of these

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