Essay about The True Origins Of Illegal Immigration

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The true origins of illegal immigration have been linked to the early 1900’s and the end of the bracero program in 1964. In the early 1900’s, the United States did not consider illegal immigration to be an issue. As a matter of fact, up until 1914, points of entry were left largely unprotected and members of society were able to freely come and go. The beginning of security implementation came with the Immigration Act of 1924. From this point on, anybody entering the country without permission was considered to be an illegal immigrant. As the years passed, an influx of people were making their way into the country and a shortage of labor in world war two led the United States to enact the bracero program. The bracero program invited millions of Mexican workers into the United States, for the preservation of the agricultural sector. Once the program ended in 1964, a majority of laborers remained in the country illegally while the rest traveled back to their respective homes. From 1965 to 1986 the amount of illegal immigrants entering the country sharply increased. People from all around the world were infiltrating the United States and routes created by the Braceros aided in the expanded entry of illegal immigrants (Nadadur). As of today, there are eleven million illegals residing in the United States. Their diversity comes from all around the world and their experience varies in many different ways. In 2012, over fifty percent of illegal immigrants were Mexican while the…

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