Immigration is in forefront of the national debate. For years, almost every president has tried to tackle the growing problem of illegal immigration. Recently, on November 20, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order forming a path for roughly five million undocumented immigrants to attain U.S. citizenship.
Since 2000, the United States of America has seen the highest immigration number in U.S. history. Voices of all kinds agree that immigration is a problem, both in terms of how to deal with undocumented immigrants in America, as well as how to secure our borders to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the country. While there are many different views and ideas regarding how to fix this problem, there are two main viewpoints that are most commonly discussed. Possibly the most dramatic solution presented is the idea or belief that all immigrants that do not have documentation should be “kicked out” of the country. This position argues that “these” illegals take jobs from hard working Americans, do not pay enough taxes, place an additional burden on government resources such as schools, health care, food stamps, etc. They also believe that illegal immigrants increase violence and crime. Those who are more interested in integrating the illegals into society believe that they contribute more to society economically than they take away. They also believe that these undocumented workers often take labor associated, low paying jobs that typical Americans are not interested in. Due to all this controversy, it is hard to imagine how Congress and the President will find the balance and solution to this issue.
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