1066 - Lizzie Murdter America The Path to Freedom The House and the Senate of America have attempted to come to terms with conflicting opinions on

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Lizzie Murdter America: The Path to Freedom? The House and the Senate of America have attempted to come to terms with conflicting opinions on the subject of illegal immigration. A bill, dictating the need for a seven hundred mile wall to ‘secure borders’ has been proposed. This wall may in fact thwart immigrants from making the strenuous journey to the states. However, the border between America and Mexico is some two thousand miles. This fact would suggest the rest of the distance, a thousand and three hundred miles, would have to be secured by border police or the National Guard. Although this wall seems to be an easy fix to a problem of great magnitude, it is only a short term solution. Instead, America’s policy toward illegal immigrants must be carefully reworked. Immigration and illegal immigration is a complex issue and cannot be solved by a solution as simple as erecting a wall. A fence (or wall) could be prevented according to Jim Pederson, who stated this while addressing the Democratic Party. Pederson believes that a “sensible program” is required and essential instead of a short term fix. 400,000 illegal immigrants have been estimated to have crossed the border into Arizona by crossing the Sonoran desert, every year (Economist, p. 1 5/18/2006). That is only one state. The scope of the issue is hard to understand from the American perspective, for there are many conditions which arise in Central and Latin American countries that motivate them to brave the journey to
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America. Many Central and Latin Americans face poverty in their nations, which they cannot escape by hard work or resolve while still remaining in their homeland. Latin Americans are able to make more money in this country. This country remains a land of opportunity, a place where hopes can be made real. Many Latin Americans face disease, the threat of which is increased by poverty and lack of hygienic conditions. The water in Mexico for instance cannot always be trusted because it can pass on diseases such as foot and mouth. It is no wonder customs has to be rigorous while inspecting possessions coming in or out from the country, many of them could potentially transmit diseases. The input of outside plants or animals remains a potential threat of transmission from Mexico, rampant disease and lacks of suitable treatment make this threat all the more real. Although these diseases are potentially dangerous to Americans, there are medical supplies and medical care available to help aid the sick and prevent the spread of infection. Immigrants are willing to risk their lives in order to attain occupational status in
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This essay was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ENG 104 taught by Professor Sanders during the Spring '08 term at Goucher.

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1066 - Lizzie Murdter America The Path to Freedom The House and the Senate of America have attempted to come to terms with conflicting opinions on

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