Cracking down on Illegal Immigration
For my Government Reflection I’m going to write about my policy brief and tie that back to a current event going on today that is dealing with illegal immigration and how it is vitally important for our citizens to vote on changes that need to be made in our Government to cut the high percentage of illegal immigrants in America. We in America have a huge problem with our immigration issue and Government lets it fall bye the way side and don’t step up and do what is necessary to make a stop to this. I find it very difficult to understand how we have so many illegal immigrants coming into the states getting a lot of perks including health care, jobs, etc. and the U.S. Government refusing to stand up and do anything about it; if a American citizen was to go into a foreign country he/ she would be killed or held up in jail. I’m not saying that America has to go that extreme but at least use some different laws and methods to help solve this problem. Especially in the South they need help in states like Texas for example were the immigration rate is 31.5% which is ridiculous. The government should start a non-profit organization were people can freely donate to have a larger electric fence built on the borders to keep them out. Another example of a program the Government should put into place would be a program called E-Verify which checks the credibility of their social security numbers before letting them get a job. The Government needs to require this of companies because some of them can higher workers for cheaper if they are illegal and that is wrong. Or we could use a legitimate visa system; most illegal immigrants that are here aren’t from crossing borders they are here on a visit or work visa and just don’t leave when that expires. Which is pretty easy to do considering that the United States to date does not have a program in place determining whether people on visas did in fact leave on time. All of these things would drastically decrease the percentage of illegal immigrants but the Government refuses to do it.So, to tie this to a current even that is going on with our society right now would be the issue of the border. According to Douglas S Massey(Princeton Professor). The government has recently stepped up in our border control. The story goes on to say that migration from Mexico that isn’t documented has dropped to zero for the first time in 50 years. Which means they are taking control of things with our border in a positive direction. That’s only one border though and that’s the Southern border. The main reason this is probably happening is because economic hardships and recession in the U.S. right now. But also because majorly increased border protection by a factor of 5 and its budget by a factor of 13. Yes this has in fact helped the fact that we have zero percent of illegal immigrants coming in from Mexico it doesn’t change the fact that we still have not many leaving or returning back to Mexico. It states in the article “ The probability that an undocumented migrant returned to Mexico within 12 months of entering reached a record low value of around 8%.” Meaning that they are getting permission to enter the states via visa or just using passports for traveling and not returning in the right amount of time. And there is a problem of when they come here illegally they are then trying to legalize themselves with family members that are already in the states. Around 3 million of immigrants coming in though are minors and cannot be punished for the decisions of their parents.
The Government has stepped up significantly in border protection causing a drastic decrease in illegal immigration but as to date they have no way to determine if people are leaving on time and that’s one thing that they need to work on.