Essay on United States Immigration Policy

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Immigration policy is a controversial but rarely debated issue in U.S. politics. Politicians usually do not take strong stances on immigration, and rarely does a candidate make immigration policy a key piece of his platform. However, the issue is very divisive and decisions concerning immigration will have a large impact on this country's future. Immigration discussions often evoke strong feelings due to the racial and ethnic issues involved. Often, those seeking to immigrate to the U.S. are part of racial or ethnic groups that are minorities in this country. Therefore, anti-immigration views are often associated with racism and nativism. It can be dangerous, therefore, for a politician or other leader to speak out too strongly against …show more content…
250) Singer rejects this definition and believes that those who immigrate for economic reasons should be considered refugees as well. Therefore, Singer believes developed countries have a duty to accept any immigrant who leaves his country due to poor conditions: economic, political, or otherwise. He also argues that refugees make the best immigrants. This is because refugees cannot return home and must fully commit themselves to their new country. In conclusion, Singer believes developed nations like the U.S. have a moral duty to take in many more refugees than they currently do. He writes that “there is no objective evidence to show that doubling their refugee intake would cause them any harm whatsoever.” (Singer, p. 262)

Garrett Hardin takes the opposite view. In his essay Living on a Lifeboat, he uses the metaphor of a lifeboat to describe rich and poor nations. Basically, every nation can be thought of as a separate lifeboat, and this analogy can be very useful in examining immigration policy. Hardin begins by pointing out that roughly two-thirds of the world is desperately poor, while only one-third is comparatively rich. The poor countries have an average GNP (Gross National Product) of about $200 per year; the

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