The Pros And Cons Of Migration To Indiana

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“Indiana was home to 314,501 immigrants in 2013, which is more than the total population of Cincinnati, Ohio” (New 1). Over the past two decades, Indiana has taken a closer look at the population of immigrants in the state. Although Indiana is not a border state, people from many other countries decide to emigrate to Indiana for a better life. The largest ethnic groups who come to Indiana to live, originate from Asian and/or Spanish speaking countries. “Roughly 1 in 12 Hoosiers are Latino or Asian” (New 1). Typically immigration to Indiana from other countries results from the native countries having poor living conditions, wanting better education and occupations and declining economic systems from these foreign countries; unfortunately, …show more content…
Many obstacles get in the way of immigrating to Indiana. Some of those obstacles include money, lack of education, adapting to a new culture, and being unaware of the United States’ laws and legal procedures. They do not know what to expect, and one of their biggest fears of immigration is being caught and sent back to their country if they come over illegally. There are also very many requirements to immigrating legally. Each country differs for their immigration requirements. Some immigrants have to be legal before even entering the country. Others can enter the country and then go through paperwork to become legal. Requirements also depend on the age, education, legal status of parents and/or spouses of the immigrant. (Leinenbach 1) Though the task is not easy for immigrants, they do it for a better …show more content…
“Immigrants, (the foreign-born) make up 4.8% of the state’s population, and more than one-third of them are naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote.” Of all the immigrants and children of immigrants in Indiana, they account for 2.6% of the registered voters. In 2013, 35.2% of the immigrants in Indiana were naturalized U.S. citizens, meaning they were eligible to vote. In the 2012 election, Latinos accounted for 1.7% of Indiana voters. (New 1) Some Americans also want to argue that immigrants do not pay taxes. In 2013, Latinos in Indiana paid $938 million in federal taxes and $514 million in state/local taxes (New 2).
Many people argue that crime rates in the U.S. has increased with immigration. As far as crime, border towns such as San Diego and El Paso are some of the safest cities in the U.S.. Though illegal immigration in Arizona is at historic highs, the violent crime rate is down by 20%. As of 2010, 55,000 criminal illegals were imprisoned in the United States. People believe since the number of illegals entering the U.S. from hostile nations has increased, the likelihood of a terrorist attack will increase also. (Szumski

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