Summary: The United States Immigration Reform

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Immigration is in the United States very roots. From the very beginning, colonial times, people moved over the Atlantic to come to the States. Since then, hundreds of millions of immigrants have showed up on our shores seeking a greater life. Many immigrants came to America seeking greater economic opportunity, like many immigrants today. The Immigration and Nationality Act did away with quotas based on nationality, passed in 1965 by Congress, the act changed the bias toward European immigration and that’s why a solid majority of immigrants come from Latin America or Asia nowadays. Today, some immigrants leave to the USA to escape war, or harsh environments, and to seek a better life in general for themselves and their families. The United …show more content…
Immigrants need a clear, cut way to achieve citizenship here in the States. The most important topic of the 2016 election is Immigration Reform.
The United States’ Immigration Policy is antiquated and needs updating. For instance, even though President Obama took executive action in 2014 to allow people who had been brought to the United States illegally to apply for relief of deportation and get a work permit, one man’s effort will only go so far. Despite President Obama’s recent efforts towards change in immigration policy, “Immigration laws are inflexible and not designed to be responsive to shifts in labor market needs,” (Meissner 8). A presidential candidate in 2016 election Furthermore, after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) the immigration pattern dramatically changed: In 1960, 7 out of 8 immigrants were European, by 2010, 9 out of 10 immigrants came from different parts
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Specifically, presidential candidates, news broadcasters, newspaper articles, you name it, and they are telling you how many tens of millions of immigrants are crossing the border between the U.S and Mexico on a yearly basis. “The perception (or misperception) of the scale of immigration also strongly influences attitudes toward immigrants. A 2007 study and a 2013 study found that opposition to immigration rises with misperceptions about the number of immigrants entering the country.” (Tan n.pag.). Candidates will shoot out ‘facts’ about why they stake their claim on either side of the fence to gain votes, making immigration a huge topic of debate for the 2016 election. After all, Republican and Democrats share little to none common ground on immigration as a whole. A majority of Republicans believes we should build a wall across the whole border between our country and Mexico, while Democrats are the exact opposite, with the majority opposing the wall. But as a whole, the U.S population is very much undecided on this matter. “Overall, the public continues to be divided over building a fence along the entire U.S.-Mexican border: 46% favor erecting a fence, while 48% are opposed,” (Pew Research Center 2) the percentages don’t add up to 100%

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