English Writing 112
11 November 2007
Whose Country Is It?
Imagine this- you are walking down the street in a busy section of Miami, Florida.
are people everywhere- walking past you, going into stores, driving cars, taking their children to
school- people just trying to live their lives.
However, as an American, you are the minority.
This is a fact of life in places such as Miami, Florida, San Diego, California, and other major
cities all over the United States.
Illegal immigration is an issue that has plagued our government
and our society since the creation of the United States of America.
From the time people stowed
away on ships to the time people were transported in rental vans, the United States has always
been a safe place for people from all over the world trying to make better lives for themselves.
After all, this is the foundation upon which this country was created.
But now, illegal immigration has become such a bigger problem than just giving
foreigners the opportunity to succeed.
There have been many ideas proposed to decrease the
number of people who choose to find illegal refuge in this country, but it is not as simple as
building a giant wall.
They already make up a large portion of the American work force, they
collect food stamps, unemployment, social security, and reap the benefits that the American
government provides to its citizens.
How is the United States government supposed to deport the
millions of people who have come to this country illegally, as well as protect it from further
infiltration of its borders?
The answer is not so simple, nor is putting such a plan in motion.
However, one fact remains- the United States is a country that is supposed to provide people
with the opportunity to gain life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and foreigners are