The Immigration Laws Should Be Reformed Essay

901 Words Oct 13th, 2015 4 Pages
In the United States (U.S.) an estimate of 150,000 American citizen children had a parent deported in the year 2012. The United States today is made up of over 11 million illegal/undocumented immigrants; many of this undocumented immigrants have American citizen children who are often left behind when one or both of the parents are deported to the parent’s country of origin. American Immigration laws should be reformed to help American citizen children, born to illegal parents, live without fear that one day the parent could face deportation. This children should be able to maintain their lives here in America with both parents if they choose to just like any other American citizen with legal parents. The percentage of illegal immigrants has increase yearly however America has not changed the immigration laws in years. According to the 14th amendment of the United States constitution, section 1, states that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside” the amendment grants citizenship to those born on American soil. While many opposing views say that this amendment was specifically made for slaves and that the amendment does not apply to those born to illegal parents, the United States does give citizenship to children born in the states not counting if their parents are legal or illegal. The laws should be reformed because more and more undocumented…

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