US Immigration Policy

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Annually, immigrants from all around the globe, lawful and unlawful, come to the United States. These people have various inspirations for coming to America. Individuals leave for different reasons, some for money related circumstances and others because their country has a lack of occupations, overpopulated or is war-torn. A considerable amount of these individuals truly believes that the United States is the best place to go. This is what the United States wants immigrants to believe in order for this country to continue to have an innovative and economic advantage along with a culturally rich environment. American immigration policy as it currently stands are not just restrictive but are constantly changing in a way that makes it unnecessarily …show more content…
The 2016 presidential election has lead to a lot of controversial speech about immigration by Donald Trump among others. All these claims have started a dialogue for the American people and many have started to voice their concerns about immigrants bringing crime into the country. People seem to regrard it as fact that immigrants coming into the United States are more likely to commit crimes when the opposite is actually true. Immigrants are actually significantly less likely to commit crimes, especially violent ones, than the average natural born citizen. In instances where there has been a higher rate of immigration to the country there has been lower crime rates in the context of violence and property crime (Immigration and Crime). Professor Anna Cabot, a William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, stated that “There is evidence of every population committing crimes but some making claims [on immigrants committing crimes] that are based on a few isolated instances is irresponsible. When you look at the statistics you find that it is not in fact the case.” The statistics really do speak against the claim that immigrants, illegal or otherwise, do not bring an increase of crime. A new report from the Immigration Policy Center notes that, “FBI data indicate that the violent crime …show more content…
The United States has always been a nation of immigrants. It is important to remember that the Founding Fathers came here seeking economic prosperity and freedom from oppression. The Founding Fathers were also aware that making new immigrants go through a difficult and long process denied those people the very rights Americans fought for (Cohen). There are some citizens who have a desire to keep the United States “pure” but to truly maintain the spirit of America the country needs to continue to invite immigrants in. Progressive waves of foreigners enrich our society and keeps our nation demographically young. It is important that the American people as a whole reflect on where they want this nation to go and fully understand what immigration brings to the country. This leads to a single truth, if the United States does not loosen its immigration policy the nation will greatly

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